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The Mp3 format was created by Fraunhofer and Thompson multimedia in the early 1990s and has an advanced compression technique meaning it enables music to be stored in a form that is as small as 112th the size of a normal audio file and still retain the same audio quality Napster was created specifically to trade this format Shawn Fanning created Napster and released it in beta form in mid 1999 It only took 11 months after the release to have the program banned from over 200 schools and get the company entangled in lawsuits involving 18 record labels and 2 major independent artists Napster was finally shut down a little over a year after its release it never even had a chance to develop into anything more than a beta version Several months after the closing of the popular music site the tally of replacement sites similar to Napster was over 100 Some of the programs were even designed to function independently so that the RIAA would never be able to shut them down Napster would continue to popularize the Mp3 format so much that it would soon open the doors for future portable music players and almost get rid of the infamous cd single Napster was a program that allowed users to share and transfer songs between other Napster users The more users Napster had the larger the list of available songs became At the height of the Napster trial Napster was gaining over 1 million users every day and had over 60 million registered users on the Napster network without any marketing Napster traffic nearly quadrupled between october 1999 and november 1999 and almost quadrupled again from november 1999 to february 2000 The word was traveling faster that an advertisement could carry it Pg 3 From the start there were concerns about copyright infringement That didnt stop millions from downloading and listening The RIAA officially filed suit against Napster on December
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