Lexicon

Napster

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EN Those of us born before the 1990s used to buy their music in a record store, not online. They either bought a record, an audio cassette or a CD. But when the Internet arrived, all this changed. One of the first places where you could find and download music online was Napster. Napster was an independent peer-to-peer file sharing service, mainly used to share your MP3 files with other people. This way it was easy to get access to new music, without paying for it. People could share their music, from their computer, through Napster's service, to other people's computers. All you had to do was download it. Of course the music industry wasn't very happy about this and a lot of court orders were issued, causing the end of Napster in 2001. Still, Napster made several comebacks, became part of Rhapsody, and is now an online music store and streaming service. Despite its tumultuous existence, Napster had a very important role in the evolution of the music industry.


NL Al diegenen die voor de 90’s zijn geboren, proficiat! Die kochten hun muziek nog in muziekwinkels en niet online. Ze kochten dan ofwel lp’s, cassettes of een cd, super schattig. Maar tijden veranderen en daar was het internet. Een van de eerste plaatsen waar je online muziek kon vinden en downloaden, was Napster. Napster was een onafhankelijk peer-to-peer platform om bestanden uit te wisselen en werd voornamelijk gebruikt om MP3-bestanden te delen met andere mensen. Op die manier had je vlotte toegang tot nieuwe muziek, zonder ervoor te betalen. Via Napster konden mensen de muziek van op hun computer naar andere mensen hun computer sturen. Al wat je moest doen was het platform downloaden. Grote verrassing, de muziekindustrie was niet blij. De rechtszaken vlogen hen om de oren en dat betekende in 2001 het einde van Napster. Napster heeft wel enkele comebacks gemaakt, werd deel van Rhapsody, en is nu een online muziekwinkel en -streamingdienst. Ondanks zijn tumultueuze bestaan, heeft Napster een niet te onderschatten rol gespeeld in de evolutie van de muziekindustrie.

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