Napster was born on June 1, 1999, in Shawn Fanning’s Northeastern University dorm room, and music was forever revolutionized.
The service pioneered peer-to-peer file sharing, meaning it allowed users to transfer files directly between each other. Prior to Napster, downloading music off the internet was unreliable.
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But two years later, the Record Industry Association of America filed lawsuits against Napster users who illegally downloaded music and the service was shut down. Napster may be gone, but its legacy will live on.
Music wasn’t the only thing set free 15 years ago. Take a trip with us down memory lane and relive the final year of an innovative century. …