Napster for sale
October 5, 2000 2:27 AM   Subscribe

Napster for sale -- potential buyers include "a Western telecommunications giant and a brand-name 'pure' Internet service provider."
posted by johnb (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Why should anyone pay for the company? You can just download it off the net for free, can't you?
posted by hijinx at 6:11 AM on October 5, 2000

NPR incorrectly described Napster as a "web site that allows users to share music files".

If that's the case, then Linux is a "web site that allows its users to have an alternative operating system on their computer".

Close but not quite.
posted by ethmar at 6:50 AM on October 5, 2000

Hijinx - you can download the program for free, but the servers are owned by Napster.

Does anyone really think that people will sign up for an ISP just to stay on Napster? Am I going to give up, say, AT&T Broadband to get Mindspring/Earthlink and my MP3 fix?

It's faulty reasoning. And furthermore, such an offer closes Napster off from the rest of the Internet. People who aren't with that ISP won't be able to download Napster, unless they license the software and sell subscriptions.

I don't see it happening, but what do I know?
posted by solistrato at 8:52 AM on October 5, 2000

hijink: you're clever. :-)

solistrato: YHBT. YHL. HAND.
posted by cCranium at 9:14 AM on October 5, 2000

It's not just NPR. Most major media insists on referring to the Napster program and network in terms of a website or web pages. They don't quite have the semantic grasp on Internet technologies to be able to properly describe what it is.

As for buying up Napster, who cares? There are free servers and free clients (not to mention old clients) that will always work freely. So there you go.
posted by daveadams at 10:18 AM on October 5, 2000

cCranium: ah, fuck. I should know better.
posted by solistrato at 7:48 PM on October 5, 2000

posted by baylink at 10:05 AM on October 6, 2000


You have lost.
posted by Avogadro at 10:53 AM on October 6, 2000

Full expansion (though I'm sure baylink knows most of it)

You Have Been Trolled. You Have Lost. Have A Nice Day.

(I credit kibo, but I'm sure there's a whole Usenet mythology behind it)
posted by cCranium at 1:56 PM on October 6, 2000

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