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Best Buy Purchases Napster for $121 Million

Were You a Napster User?

When I heard that Best Buy was buying the flailing Napster for $121 Million, I had to remind myself that yes, Napster has been around in a completely legal incarnation for the past few years. But let's be real — Napster's glory days were 1999-2000, when it popped up as the first really mainstream file-sharing network, only to be slammed down, of course, by angry artists like Dr. Dre and Metallica.

At that time I was just a naive college student with a T1 connection, and in those first few months, I honestly had no idea there would be consequences for all that "free" music. As quickly as everyone started downloading with abandon, everyone stopped once it became a matter of legislation. But still, salad days.

Anyway, tell me: Were you a Napster user? I don't think Lars is listening.

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Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 7 years
I was smart enough to find other resources without out sliding a card ;)
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
No comment. :)
sparklestar sparklestar 7 years
No comment. :)
Bksuga Bksuga 7 years
I was a napster user at a young age lol untill my parents figured out what i was doing and banned me form it good times..20minutes for a 3 minutes song
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I used it and loved it.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I used it and loved it.
Jyramiah Jyramiah 7 years
I was a Napster user! That was way back when I was 10 years old or so. It was the coolest thing to rock in my life. And I'm still cheap, so I've just moved on to Limewire. Huzzah! :)
Liz4aker Liz4aker 7 years
My dad showed me how to use Napster back then. sigh. The good old days.
Segat1 Segat1 7 years
Oh yeah, throughout university I spent ages on this - got the email from Metallica (also got the patch :)). Stopped using it when I decided most of the songs were not worth it, poor quality etc etc. I prefer iTunes now.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 7 years
Oh yes I was. But why on earth would anyone want to buy the company? People stopped using it as soon as all the legal shit came into play, and quickly switched over to other P2P programs. Now most people just use torrents. Honestly, I didn't even know Napster still existed.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
No, I never used Napster. I was like 8-10 years old and I didn't want to get in trouble with my parents because they said I wasn't allowed to download it.
calamari calamari 7 years
Of course I was a napster user.I'm a little curious as to why Best Buy is buying Napster though. Are they just trying to replace their declining in-store CD sales, or will Best Buy try to partner with mp3 players like Creative? hmmm...
calamari calamari 7 years
Of course I was a napster user. I'm a little curious as to why Best Buy is buying Napster though. Are they just trying to replace their declining in-store CD sales, or will Best Buy try to partner with mp3 players like Creative? hmmm...
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 7 years
of course. my entire college music collection was from napster. and i didn't care about the "stealing" factor because no artist put out an entire record that i was feeling. so i downloaded the songs i liked. apparently apple paid attention because they gave me a reason to purchase music again. although, i still dip in the free bucket every now and then!
queenlizzie queenlizzie 7 years
Those were good days. I was a poor college student just discovering that yes, Virginia, there IS other music other than Top 40! I can still see visions of downloads dancing on my screen, and I still remember the very first email I got from the university's IT department telling everyone in the dorms that they were sucking up too much bandwidth with all this Napster business. *sniff* I miss those days.
devils devils 7 years
I was. Before it changed.
devils devils 7 years
I was. Before it changed.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 7 years
ohmy haha, back then you would find the FBI at your doorstep if you used this! now, everyone uses file-sharing networks and some people still buy their music. oh, how times have changed.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 7 years
You guys are making me feel OLD. Stop!!! I think I'm closer to GeekSugar's age.Hell yes, I remember the golden days of Napster. It was teh awesome. It is awful in its current incarnation, so like everybody else, I'm an iTunes-er these days.I thought Shawn Fanning was so cute back in the day.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 7 years
You guys are making me feel OLD. Stop!!! I think I'm closer to GeekSugar's age. Hell yes, I remember the golden days of Napster. It was teh awesome. It is awful in its current incarnation, so like everybody else, I'm an iTunes-er these days. I thought Shawn Fanning was so cute back in the day.
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 7 years
Those were the days! I was on Napster everyday. *sigh* Aw, well. iTunes gets my money nowadays.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 7 years
mainly cuz i didn't hardly use the computer, let alone knew how to download back then, even tho i was in like 8th grade hee hee.
luckyP luckyP 7 years
Nope, even back then at 13 I had a problem with getting something for nothing.
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 7 years
Aww Napster. I remember when I was 9 or 10 in Chicago with my best friends listening to music from Napster. My dad had downloaded it for the computer and we would use it. Those were the best years of my life. Too bad I moved.Anyways before I started rambling lol. Yes I did use Napster back then.
KristinDaBomb KristinDaBomb 7 years
Aww Napster. I remember when I was 9 or 10 in Chicago with my best friends listening to music from Napster. My dad had downloaded it for the computer and we would use it. Those were the best years of my life. Too bad I moved. Anyways before I started rambling lol. Yes I did use Napster back then.
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