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Napster the first file sharing program introduced

1999
Napster the first file sharing program introduced

Unbelievable how in less than ten years, we went from the Web existing as an idea in Tim Berners-Lee's head to downloading MP3s for free. Just as the public began to get used to the idea of surfing websites for information, a college student named Shawn Fanning drastically changed how most people used the Internet. In 1999, Fanning released Napster, the first file sharing program to receive wide spread use. Overnight, college students around the nation used their high-speed connections to swap millions of songs, changing music and computers forever.

The spiritual descendants of Napster, iTunes and Bit Torrent continue to dominate how users interact with the Internet and consume media, legally and not-so-legally.


 

 

 


 

Napster the  first file sharing program introduced

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