Gone are the days of illegal P2P mp3 swapper.
Napster is now re-lanunched sometime back with legitimate music just like your high street music shop.
The difference is, you can hear and download all the avilable music on this planet for just £9.99 a month, thats amazing. Initially I was a bit sceptic about the offer until I tried it last week. (you can play the files you are downloaded as long as you keep the monthly membership, otherwise it stops playing)
I've tried to search all my favourite tracks from 90's to the 2005's ...belive me everyone one of them are avilable on napster.
I tried it on my pc, but there's an option to carry it on your mp3 player if you want, but at a slightly higher fee. The only thing is that you need to have a wma DRM compatible player which most of them are these days, except the ipods.
As far as I'm concerned the option of listening to last 45 years UK album chart at crystal clear qulity without the fear of getting the infamous P2P virus files, is really nice.
So I really like it. But some of us are not really interested in paying for the music and still rely on kazaa, its upto them. But for me its seems like a real bargain. What do you say ? Please post your comments.
We all like stuff for free and some people like music for free so what do they do? They go to the P2P (peer to peer) websites and download free music of course as more and more people are doing this the music companies are going mental that they are not making enough money because people are getting it for free of the P2P websites. And so in 2005 they have decided to crack down on this and children have faced fines up to 4 thousand pounds and if they cant cough up the dough then their parents face imprisonment
. But the music is so expensive in the shops we dont want to buy an album that have 5 good songs and 50 rubbish ones. We want the music that we like cheap and thats where napster comes in.
-*-*- So what is napster?-*-*-
As I have already described in the first paragraph people want their music cheap and napster is one in a few of the legal downloading companies so you can download all the music you want of napster just your tracks not all the rubbish ones that come with it.
-*-*- Is napster legal? -*-*-
Yes napster is legal because although you are downloading music of napster you do have to pay a small fee you can pay 79p a track or there is unlimited downloads for 15 pound a month which is great price if you like your music.
So after that you must think napster is one of the best things in the world!! (If you like your music) not exactly . Although you can download unlimited music you can play them with a license that napster automatically acquires you with and this napster license also configures your media player. But the music that you download is copy protected with napster DRM settings you may think that sounds all complicated but basically you can only play your music that you download on your pc. So this means that you cant put them on CDs you cant put them on your fancy iPod or your Creative Zen Micro. If you want to put them songs on a disk you have to pay 79p per track But there is one way of doing it which I am not allowed to say because it would be illegal ..
You know what napster does now but what system requirements do you have to have?
Well it is recommended that you have broadband because the setup is 11MB but the other main system requirement is that you have Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP (note) Napster will not work on any other operating systems. One other thing is you have to have a credit card otherwise you cant pay for the music.
You can unsubscribe from napster at any time but if you do this will take all your music with it too ..
Napster are aiming to be the largest music collection in the world and they add over 100 tracks per day but some of the time napster tracks are not available so this means you cannot play the track that you are hoping to pay. Otherwise the music collection is very good.
You dont have to pick a specific song you can download an album or just browse and download the whole British top 40.
So all in all I think napster is a good service and Im sorry I cant tell you how to put the tracks onto CD  But anyway thanks for reading my review I sincerely hoped you enjoyed it if you have any questions please leave me a note in my guestbook
Well guys what can i say....im very very disapointed with napster!
Was orginaly with them around 4 months ago...everything was great until i ran into a few problems heared about credit card issues thus i canceled my subscription.
So i was browsing the net the other day and up comes a little add saying napsters offering a 7 day trial...i hovered my mouse over it ...and thought about it a while and thought hell il give um another go.
So i signs back up...click on paypal as my payment method enter in my details and then up pops napster on my PC and off i go listing to some of my old tunes. GREAT this is all good :D
Then in the bottom of my screen up pops a "Youve got mail" icon. I click it and up comes a nice little email "Thankyou For payment to Napster UK".
Ok now im worried...i didnt send them payment...i signed up for a trial. Well i though prob just a misunderstnading il send the support guys an email and all will be sorted.
So i send them off a email askign whats happened and could i have a refund. So i wait...2 days go by....4 days go by....a week goes by....2 weeks go by....3 weeks go by...still no responce...ok now im worried whats going on, so i send them ANOTHER email asking what there playing at and if i didnt get this sorted id take things further.
4 days later i get a email back of napster...(wow wasnt that prompt?!) so i open up the email and begin to read it out. am i reading this right? surely there not...well would you look at that...there blamming ME for it! And that there not willing to send a refund.
So i send off another nasty letter to them saying that its not good enough...couple of days later i get another one back saying that they cant access my bank account history becuase its private and confidental...DAMN right it is...why the hell would u need to know my personal info of my card when i payed you VIA paypal?!
So i sent off another email and i get one back saying:
"We feel that your questions would be best answered by a conversation with a live customer support agent. Please contact our free Customer Support line at (0)20-7365-1079. Live Customer Support is offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM."
So let me get this right....you f**k up the trial, then you f**k up my refund, then you f**k up your support times and you want me to ring you £3/min phone number to america...i mean talk about shooting your self in the foot!
Napster had a reputation and that reputation has now been tarnished. Napster has got some SERIOUS issues with there support and needs to sort it out
Anyone else had any BAD experiances?
Well since Napster shut its doors a while ago I've converted to being a Kazaa lite user. I find Kazaa is Very good for downloads, whether it be Movies, games or music you are after many of the users offer a wide variety of different things. The best part about Kazaa is that it is free to download and use so all you pay is your phone bill (if you are not paying monthly ). Being a broadband user many users speeds depend on their connection even if you have a broadband landline they may be using a 56KB modem so it'll take the time of a 56KB modem to transfer onto your system so this can effect the rate of transfer from one machine to another. I would recommend it to everybody that has a large enough computer to download files onto :-) Kazaa Lite is slightly different from the Normal Kazaa program I am told, Kazaa lite has removed all the spyware from the product to prevent you from getting bombarded with junk mail relating to the product you are downloading although this is not the case!, Occasionally when downloading files I used a program called Ad-Aware to check my system only to find numerous files had appeared on my system, since Kazaa is the only program I have used recently I blame it for these files, although with Ad-Aware you can update it nearly daily and quarantine the files or delete them from your system. Once you have searched for an item you wish to download there is a bar called ETA which will estimate the time the item will take to download. I find it very handy to know roughly how long it will take to download, although as more users log on who have the same file the transfer speed will increase as the ETA decreases. My one main complaint about Kazaa is that some users rename files so when you download something you wish, it may not be the item you required. Overall a rather good service which I would recommend but make sure you have a virus checker on the system before you download anything is my advice.
Another good idea is to even download a spyware/adware remover which you can get from Kazaa, most programs are complete and usually come with the key codes to access the programs. Hope this opinion has been of some use to budding Freeloaders.
I was very annoyed when I heard that the goverment had stopped transfers from going ahead on Napster. Back in February 2001, every major artist's songs where blocked from being downloaded, leaving just unknown or bad quality tracks. Here are the reasons I want Napster to be reinforced again: *Firstly, millions of people used Napster everyday to test out singles before they bought them. For example: If you were wondering whether or not you should buy the new Janet Jackson album, you could download a few of the songs, and if they were any good then you'd know to it'd be good to own. *Many people can't afford to go splashing out on CD's whenever they want some new music to listen to. The average price for a one disked album is £10:99! *Napster is just one of thousands of devices that can download full tracks. Aimster and Morpheus are another two music devices which haven't been stopped, and they can download full music videos as well! *All the major record companies make enough money as it is! They don't do anything about recording CD's onto another disk (which is breaking copyright laws), so why stop Napster? When in full swing, Napster is a brilliant step in the ever changing world of technology. It consists of : *A section where you can download almost song you like. You can tell the quality of the song by seeing how big the size of the download is. *Many different chatrooms where you can discuss anything. If you want to talk to an individual person, you can start a private chatroom. *If you want to know when your friends are online, there is a "hotlist" which you can add people onto. *There is a news page, which informs you of fresh new sounds you can experiment out on. *And of course, a file library where your music saves after it's been downloaded. Here are a few of Napster's down sides: Downloading can be a slow process, especially if t
he size of the song is over 5 megabytes. And sadly, as soon as your internet disconnects, the download gets an error. Luckily, you can set the Napster preferences so that if your computer does disconnect, however much you got through saves into your library. And one last thing, if the person you're downloading off decides to go offline, the transfer will quit. At the moment, there's no point in getting Napster stored onto your computer. But, if within the next few months it is allowed to continue sharing transfers, it's definetly worth acquiring!
Napster has been told it has to shut down. Unfortunately judge patel ruled against them on wednesday. Damn. It looks like unless the appeal judge has anything different to say napster will be gone in a short time. Download now while it lasts. This is unfortunate. Never mind there are plenty of other ways to get MP3's. If napster does go it will be a shame. The bands that have objected are as follows boycott them at all costs!! : Dr Dre, Metallica and a few others that I can't remember for the moment.
About six months ago I was told when I logged onto Napster that I was banned from using their services because I had apparently breached some copyrights from the record company Telstar by downloading stuff from some of their artists... Now I want to say is how come these record companies have the nerve to tell us what we can and cannot do, for all they know I could be sharing the files with family or a friend. Now this is my copy of the record so why am I being told what I can and cannot do with it? I've never used Napster since obviously, now I stick with a much better alternative.....Aimster. Now I'm not saying that I just download and now buy any CD's, I've bought over 100 this year compared to about 20 or so last year so. Aimster is far from perfect but I won't go into detail here, to sum them up Napster sold us all out, if it was going to go down it should have with its head held high and we could have had a good memory of Napster which stood up for its beliefs but no. Napster SOLD ALL OF ITS USERS OUT, no if's, no but's, they sold out and now I'm apparently meant to be "sued" which is nothing but scaremongering on behalf of Telstar, and a running scared Napster saying yes to whatever is dictated upon them. All in all, file sharing is going to have a hard future ahead of it but it is the future. Whatever comes and goes is anyone's guess, but there certainly is the demand for it so the record companies are running scared and they know they're in trouble because we won't put up with their CD prices forever.
Napster has changed thoroughly within the last six months. In February 2001, you were able to download almost any full song in the entire world for no price. Now, the US goverment have prevented every popular artist's songs from being downloaded. I don't blame Napster though. Napster (when it's up & running) is a brilliant way to download songs, and I don't see why it should be stopped. At the moment, I use another device called Aimster (www.aimster.com) to download, then i store them onto Napster. Luckily, you can get most songs on that, but it is much slower and i prefer the way Napster's set out. Another good point about Napster is that you can talk to people on it. You can chat with about 50 people, or privatley to just 1. I'd recommend you get Napster and Aimster- despite Napster's ongoing problems.
I think napster was an amazing idea. Sure there are some that are equal or even better than napster now but, its the idea and the whole originality of the matter. The creator of napster was a student at school. SCHOOL yes school, there was no need for the guys in the white coats staying up all night in a lab. The idea happened and it worked. Now napster has been shut down, and for a good reason. Artists working on music and selling it rightly so, have thier music stolen. If I were making and selling music I would be very angry that people gave it away for free. It may seen I am in both For napster and against but hey theres always room for change. Napster may re-open for a price. To get napster just like a magazine every week you will have subscribe to it. In conclusion napster has a brilliant future and good luck to its creator. And this is very very short but not all things are dull and long
Napster was founded in may 1999 by Shawn Fanning. Napster is known as the leading file sharing program on the internet, if you asked somebody to tell you what napster was i am sure 75% could tell you. With over 50 million registered users Napster has been getting more and more popular over the last 2 years,more and more people signing up to it. The main reason i use napster is more as a try before you buy to see whether what i am about to purchase is worth the hard earned money i am about to spend on it. Why napster?that is what i am going to answer in the following paragraphs all the features of napster and i am going to tell you a little bit more about it! The program it's self: Napster is currently at V 2.0 beta 10.3. The napster program has got a simple to use layout with options all along the top these options being: -Home which will show you the home page to napster.com which tells you all the news about napster all about the napster service also new groups which napster are promoting. -Chat this gives you the option to chat with all the other users of the napster community with around 100 chat rooms and the option to create your own room this is a very popular part of napster. -My files this is where allthe mp3 files on your cpu are shown and the good thing about napster is the option to play songs throught the built in napster audio player. -Search this is where you find the songs that you wish to download, there is a little search box with options beside it to help you find the exact version you want of that song. -Hot List this is where you are able to add your buddies onto the list so you can chat to them whilst you download you fav songs. -Transfer this is where you track the progress of your incoming and outgoing songs. -Discover is the part of napster where they promote hot new talent which you may have never heard before give it a go there m
ay be the next stars there! -Help this is the last option to your right where you are able to search the FAQ send off for help the aim of this section is to make the napster experiance as easy and trouble free as possible. Napster is free so why not give it a go? So there you go a complete run down of the napster program. Currently napster is not at it's very best due to the copyright laws and certain artists setting up lawsuits against napster alought napster say they have a new service where it will cost a small fee but the downloads you get will be of a better quality and all songs will be available as they are working with the record labels.At it's optimum napster really is a superb piece of software well worth having if you are a keen music fan! **Recently Napster have said that they will be focusing on promoting smaller groups in there new system, as i hear more i shall tell you of any newsalso they have said that there new service will be availible very soon!!for uptodate news goto www.napster.com**
The pioneers of advertising and promotion have dawned upon the computering world, and the record companies are shutting them down. This is my opinion on the recent events that have partaken involving the computer firm Napster. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Napster I will provide with a brief outline of what it is. Napster Napster is a mass downloadable search engine that lets you find any song or band and download it. It works because of its users. Each user who signs up and uses the engine may download what they wish. They may also upload songs onto their computer and others may then download those songs from each other's database. Every user who downloads a song shares it with the rest of the network and each can share accordingly. Well that is how it works and here seems to lie the problem for those companies and persons who want them shut down. Napster is currently facing a mass legal battle to try and save it's little organisation. With over 45,000,000 users worldwide they have become quite popular. The bands and the companies are not pleased however that their adoring fans can listen to their music without them receiving a penny for it. This may seem logical to some of you however I can pose (as can many other napster fans) an argument that benefits the music companies. By downloading single tracks you can then become introduced to a new band without having to fork out the money for an album. This may attract you to the band and encourage you to then buy the album. It is a proven fact that since Napster was first introduced album sales have increased, and since it shut down?, you guessed it, a drop in CD sales. It seems to me that these big companies have not done their homework( tut,tut). Now I seem to have mainly commented on the legal battle facing Napster but let us not forget it's still in use. Although it is currently shut down a new filtering system will be introduced soon so t
hat you can't get some bands' songs. It seems to me that Napster can be used as a mass advertising agency. Me and some of my friends are sending our groups material to them which will then be readily available to all of those who have the programme. Napster has multiple purposes but is their mainly to spread music worldwide and give everyone the chance to listen to the music they like, shame the record companies don’t share the same dream
I'm probably of the wrong generation to write an opinion on Napster but some how I felt compelled to do so. When my son first downloaded Napster, I was concerned because I thought he had downloaded something illegal and any minute we would be over-run with FBI or CIA agents. Well, perhaps not quite but I was a little concerned. I asked him to show me what all the fuss was about and when he did I really couldn't understand what the problem was. He wasn't downloading whole albums, just single tracks, some of which would be extremely difficult to obtain without this facility. I thought it was a brilliant idea but of course someone somewhere wouldn't be getting their pound of flesh so they were complaining. Greedy *******, I say. If only they were intelligent enough to realise sites like Napster could actually bring in more money than they believed they were losing. After a while, whenever I used the computer, either online or off, I would open up Napster and listen to a few of the tracks from the library my son had accummulated. If I'm honest, he has what I would call an acquired taste in music - well it could be a generation gap thing - whatever - but I found I actually liked the majority of the tracks I played. My taste in music is extremely wide from opera to country and all areas in between. However, whilst listening to the tracks on Napster, it widened even further. I discovered names like the Eels and Green Day and I really did like their music. Travelling home from work one day, I had the radio on in the car and a Green Day number came on and I recognised it as theirs. Not that I had heard it on Napster but I recognised their style. Now if a child of the '60's' can discover another style of music to appreciate, from Napster, what can it do for younger generations? What must it do for CD sales? It doesn't take a mathematical genius now does it? As for the illegal use
business, that's just a load of nonsense. More revenue is lost on a regular basis from the illegal copying of cd's, tapes, etc which we all know happens. How many of you have never copied a friends tape or cd? Well aren't you a rare breed? But for the more common mongrel music lover, how many of you after copying the tape or cd, have become fans of the artist and have bought their next album? Alright you can put your hands down now. So why have the big guns been out to shoot down Napster? I think that they should be paying Napster some sort of commission for the extra sales they obviously generate. They've put some sort of gagging agent or filtering system on Napster now but I hope it doesn't put an end to them all together. God forbid where else will I be able to secretly listen to Mr E's Beautiful Blues or Macy's Day Parade.
If any of you Napster users have recently tried to connect to the service, you will have noticed that you cannot connect until you download a new version of their software. Now you may expect that this new software comes with added features but in fact its main purpose is the addition of filtering rules that Napster have to include to comply with the US court rulings. I logged on at peak time to find only 45 users online. I was SHOCKED! The last time I had logged on, there were around 950,000 users online. "Did I find any songs?" I hear you ask? Nope not a single one! With 45 users to choose from, the chances were pretty rare to begin with. Unless users come up with an ingenious idea to overcome the filtering rules, it looks like Napster is dead and buried. I set out in search for a new file sharing program and that is where I found a saviour...Kazaa (Kazaa.com - see my forthcoming opinion on it). With Kazaa, it looks like Napster has a successor and an improved one at that! NAPSTER IS DEAD! LONG LIVE KAZAA! --Anand
Napster is a program which you download from napster.com, it gives you the ability to search for and download music from the databases of other napster users.Depending on the speed of your comupter an average song can be downloaded in 15/20 mins. This means other napster users can upload that song of you. Before the court injunction napster had almost every song you could ever think of, at the moment they have very few songs from major artists, which is why alternatives such as Morpheus are prefered. Having said that Napster still has songs from unsigned artists and unknown bands which are worth checking out. The best bit about Napster is not only can you share songs you can also add other users to your contacts list and view their songs or talk to them via messages....a few months ago i would have highly recomended this program but now i would say napster alternatives are better.
Bring back Napster! It's not just because I liked adding to my music collection this way but because I cannot see any reason for closing it down. It should be allowed to continue in full format. There is no compulsion to use it and anyone who collects songs and other audio files in this way should be entitled to continue doing so. Apart from the fact that it allows people to listen before they buy (just as they can in HMV or Virgin Megastore), it is a great way of finding rare or unusual pieces. I have lived in several different countries and listened to artists from each of these places. It is a little difficult in Kingston-Upon-Thames to find the latest Icelandic CDs without ordering them, paying a fortune and waiting ages for them to be delivered. Napster always provided me with the songs I was looking for. Likewise with other audio files. Jeff Foxworthy has to be my all-time favourite comedian and although when I was living in Texas and Louisiana it was easy to get hold of his material, it's a little more difficult here. However, thanks to Napster, I now have a handful of CDs of his shows. Now what is the difference between downloading the songs/comedy shows from Napster and a friend copying a CD for me and sending it in the post? You can buy blank tapes and recording CDs and the equipment to make copies perfectly legally. So why should Napster be labelled illegal? We constantly hear that the record companies and artists are concerned about the loss of revenue and the breach of copywright. This is just ridiculous. Do we hear writers and publishing houses up in arms about public libraries and photocopiers? These are sharing and copying instruments for printed words, just like Napster is a sharing and copying instrument for spoken/sung words. People share books when they join a library but as far as I know it hasn't led to the closure of bookstores. In fact, books are selling more than ever now. I
f people do stop buying CDs from music stores and continue to copy and share music, it is because CD prices are far too high and we no longer want to support such a scam.