June 26, 2013 |
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you see technology as a force for cultural openness. The movie prefers the hero moniker, presenting this '90s story as a rise-and-fall tragedy in which Napster - had it not been hampered by crippling lawsuits stemming from the recording industry's siege mentality about its business - could have become iTunes before iTunes.
October 4, 2011 |
Best Buy Co. has given up on the increasingly crowded digital music market, selling its struggling Napster online music service to competitor Rhapsody in exchange for a minority stake in the combined company. The deal comes three years after Best Buy paid $121 million to acquire Napster Inc., the first wildly popular source of Internet piracy that morphed into a legitimate paid music service. It gives Rhapsody more power to compete against hot digital music upstarts such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio.
December 28, 2006 |
You'll be back in control STEVE BALLMER Steve Ballmer is the chief executive of Microsoft Corp. RIGHT NOW, I AM as excited by the prospects for technology-driven change as I've ever been. The impact of the Internet, e-mail and mobile phones has been so dramatic that people tend to think the digital revolution has already happened. I think it's just getting started. Many technologies have the potential to catch fire, including Internet television, mobile video devices and even robots.
May 17, 2003 |
The online music service launched by two of the world's largest record companies to combat Internet piracy may soon have a new and familiar name: Napster. Sources said Friday that Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment were nearing a deal to sell Pressplay, their 3-year-old online music venture, to the software company that bought Napster Inc.'s name and technology at a bankruptcy auction last year. Roxio Inc.
June 3, 2012 |
The gig: Rob Wells is president of global digital business at Universal Music Group. With a global staff of 75 and an office that sits next to the company's chief executive in Santa Monica, Wells must chart the digital course for the world's largest record company. The opening act: Wells landed his first record company job in 1994 at BMG Entertainment in his native Britain, where his job included sorting through the company's fan mail and building a database of customer names and addresses for promotional mailings.
March 15, 2007 |
Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media company, doesn't have to disclose its communications with lawyers in its legal fight with record companies over its ties to Los Angeles-based music downloading service Napster Inc., a court said. A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that companies including EMI Group, the third-largest record company, didn't prove a fraud that would override lawyer-client confidentiality.