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Shawn Fanning a freshman in college launched Napster in the beginning of 1999Napster allows Internet users to share and download MP3 music files directly from any computer connected to the Napster network which could be hundreds of thousands of peopleYou can use Napster by downloading the software from the Internet site and then connecting to the network using this software which allows the sharing of all your MP3 files with anyone else on the networkUnlike many other file sharing networks Napster limits their users to only download MP3 filesThe advantage of these files are that they can be very close to CD quality and are one-tenth the size of a wave fileThis is the main reason that many artists and record labels are concerned with the MP3 file format and programs like Napster that makes it very easy to share copyrighted materialThe fact that Napster is free and more convenient than going to the store makes it an appealing way to get music for consumersThe problem that record companies have is that there is no way of regulating who has access to this information which means they have no way of making any profitSince people can now download free music and artists can release their music themselves it gives record companies another reason to get worried because internet companies similar to Napster could lead to the end of groups like The Recording Industry Association of America Napster has become most popular among college studentsOn most college campuses students have all their computers networked togetherThis allows them to download music with relative easeBecause the students are all on the same network songs can download much faster then if they were on a regular dial up modemThis has made music industry representatives very angryThe majority of their business is generated in the 16-25 age groupIf most of this age group is in college it will severely decrease their record sales The music industrys response to Napster is
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