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In recent years online music swapping and pirating of music as become more mainstream and many millions of people all over North America do it daily using programs such as Napster The Music industry is going to have to change its current business modal or it may not survive for much longer Music piracy on the internet has been around for many years with people trading their songs online through programs such as IRC internet relay chat and newsgroups The music industry didnt pay much attention to this sort of piracy because users have to be more then the average computer user to use those programs to trade music All this has changed over the last year or so with the release of a new program called Napster Napster is an extremely easy to use program that allows even the most novice of users with access to the internet to download just about any song they want Everything is available from oldies to the latest songs on the radio Sometimes the songs on Napster arent even released yet What Napster does is allows you to share the music files on your computer with everyone else on the internet using Napster and there is roughly 30 million people using it What you do is put in a search request and it goes out and looks through those 30 million or so computers and finds the song you want Then you just download right from someone else on your computer for you to listen to and share with others Plenty of musicians have seen their songs become freely available whether they want to or not thanks to Napster The rise of digital music has challenged the recording industrys ability to collect royalties from the sale of CDs The band Metallica recently filed suit against Napster and three universities to try to stop the copying of its music Another artist Dr Dre has done likewise But if
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