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Ah, Napster.

I'm an extremely fortunate individual.

I entered college in the fall of 1999, very soon after Shawn Fanning introduced his Beta version of Napster. From my dorm room, with a T-1 connection, I could download any song whose title I could remember. I continued for a year-and-a-half, finding songs I needed and burning them off to CD. My collection now spans nine such discs, which I pop in and hit "play" whenever I'm in the mood for an ecclectic mix of music ranging from Chopin to Mindless Self-Indulgence.

I asked my sister (only 3 years my senior) if she had ever used Napster in her dorm room with a similar-speed internet connection. She replied that she had downloaded the client once, but never really got any music with it. She graduated last May.

Now, there are rumours flying everywhere that Napster is being shut down, and even if it is resurrected, users will have to pay an outrageous $2.99 a month to download a limited amount of data from their servers. The hell if i'm paying a dime for my music...

Furthermore, I feel as though my music collection (of around 350 hours of music) is complete. Sure, i don't have a lot of songs, but that's because they're crap.

All of this to say, thank God I had access when I did. The timing couldn't have been more perfect.


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