Angelo State University
For century's people had dreamed of capturing the sounds and music from the environment. Many had attempted it but no one had succeeded until Thomas Alva Edison discovered a method of recording and playing back sound. What had started out as an apparatus intended as part of an improved telephone led to the development of an instrument which would change the world, making it a happier, even a better, place to live. As time went by, more technological advancements came in to play. Throughout the 1900's technology advanced and people came in touch with new devices. After the computer was invented, the world changed again. No one could ever foresee how this great pieces of machinery would ever change the world. The Internet was later created and set loose to the people. With modern revelations and technology booming, a file sharing program was invented. It is known as Napster and has changed the way we look at file sharing today.
A revolution in the music industry surfaced in 1999, when Shawn Fanning, a Northeastern University undergraduate, and a few of his friends came up with an ingenious idea. They would create a program that would allow them to transfer songs and other data from each others computers via the internet. It seemed like a crazy idea but he thought to himself that it could work.
It took Shawn a little over 60 hours to write a small MP3-sharing software application known as Napster. It was originally designed for the exchange of Fanning and friends' own recordings, but soon spread thought the campus and town. Napster quickly became a conduit for mainstream MP3s, and an MP3-sharing community was built overnight as the beta version of the shareware program quickly caught on. New songs could be found and downloaded at... [continues]
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