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When I first got introduced to Napster I had just graduated from college and had started working on the bottom rung of a local TV station as a production assistant. A fellow assistant showed me the application and how easy it was to download off the Internet. I was skeptical at first, for obvious reasons about security issues and giving my computer VDs, but then I the almighty gatekeeper that is MTV started doing news stories on this news phenomenon of people sharing music. I thought to myself wow what a great idea. It was music sent right to your “front door” without the hassle of cellophane and annoying mediums taking up space.

They called it “mp3.” Soon that is all anybody was talking about. Did I know the history behind it? No. Did I care? Not really. You see after spending four years in college to “learn and get an education” I felt I had been given a raw deal when I started working in the field that I had been majoring in for most of my life. The pay sucked and you got treated like crap by management and on-air personalities, but I loved what I did and between that and music from this new technology I wasn’t doing half bad. I had it at home on my computer and with the integration of the cd burner or zip drive I could take it wherever I wanted in my portable format.

Now I thought this was cool and wasn’t a big deal because we have all had friends and family copy VHS tapes of movies we liked from time to time. The reason that wasn’t such a big deal was because it was considered to be on a smaller scale due to the fact that the audience was much smaller. The Internet however changed things in more ways than any of can imagine. I know it affected us at the television station because due to Internet ads there was loss in ad sales at the local level like nothing I had ever seen before. Why is that? Computers were cheaper and more households had them. That is why Napster got so quick so fast. It was like a brush fire out of control and the RIAA had to do something about it because they claimed that they were losing money just like the TV stations.

However, I think that Napster has opened the consumer’s eyes and shut the eyes of executives of money hungry industries. These are the same industries getting in trouble for fraud, monopoly and price gouging. Yet it is hard to do anything about it because even though we like to think this is a democracy money talks in Washington. This same bankroll is the one that the average kid saves up his/her hard earned money to buy an $18+ cd that maybe has one or two songs out of a possible thirteen to eighteen songs on it. Now to me that sounds like a losing record for the RIAA.

Napster started with music, but it blazed a trail for transferring other file formats by other companies, which in turn caught the interest of movie companies and software companies. I think the biggest thing Napster did was to present a viable solution of change for media companies. However they refuse to do so. Why? That would mean less money for the executives and more money going to the artist. Ever since MTV hit the airwaves it went from the quality of heart felt lyrics to quantity of style with no content. Napster got rid of the middleman. When Shawn Fanning wore the Metallica t-shirt at the awards show he basically was saying that he was on their side and they could make even more money by embracing an idea and its technology that they could make more money without needing that middleman. It was to tell artists they could go into business for themselves and still make great music rather than being forced to push a record out the door due to time constraints. The public knows what it wants to hear and like anything the “cream always rises to the top.” The Internet has made it possible for people to be informed about anything and information is power. The public isn’t as dumb as Hollywood would like to think and with the advent of the Internet artists don’t need promotions guru. I think Ludacris’ album is called “Word of Mouf.”

The point is that there is a lot of fat in Hollywood that needs to be cut and Napster helped make that possible for the artists and consumers alike to do it themselves. The only thing that would change was position like producers and lawyers. Artists no longer have to be the next VH1 special like TLC or MC Hammer.

I don’t use programs like Napster anymore for obvious reasons (it’s illegal), but I don’t want to waste my money to go out and buy a CD in which I will only like one or two songs. I can wait for the compilation or greatest hits CD. If I have learned anything from Napster it is that with any new technology you have to expect changes and be able to come to a compromise with people that may not agree with you. Has it changed for the better? Yes and no. Artists are getting used to the idea of releasing their own music on their own label and some companies are starting subscription sites with artist permission. I heard someone say once, “If you aren’t willing to change then you will be left in the dust.” Thank you Napster for showing us a different way to think and do business. Thank you for bringing this technology to forefront and making it mainstream. Thank you for sharing your ideas so that others may build on your concept. Thank you for showing us that change can be good. Thank You.
amobishoproden Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2002
yes. i'm an idiot.
amobishoproden Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2002 didn't know about mp3s [i]before[/i] napster? i guess it is responsible for making mp3s "mainstream" though...

no point to this comment. i feel like ranting too but can't muster the energy
i-abstract Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2002
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