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Napster pins hopes on new format

作者:闻人荚    发布时间:2019-03-06 04:15:00    

By Will Knight Music fans will soon get a taste of new technology that is likely to make or break the new, legally protected, incarnation of the Napster music sharing system. The creators of Napster have been forced to come up with music filtering software and a new proprietary music format called .nap in order to prevent users swapping copyright protected music. The service has been switched off since early June and the new system will debut later in 2001. However, users will soon be able to test a beta version. Napster has signed deals with some record companies to provide songs to users paying a subscription fee. To protect this system, the company has created a filter that examines the digital structure of music files to verify that they are allowed on the system. It will also convert MP3 music files into a new, proprietary digital format called .nap, to provide greater control over what is traded through its network. At its zenith, Napster ruled the internet boasting 60 million users swapping three billion MP3 music files. Lawsuits from the music industry forced the system offline but Napster plans to rise again. “We expect that Napster will start small and grow, just as it did when [it was] first released it two years ago,” said a statement. It remains to be seen if users will come flooding back. Many have defected to similar file sharing networks that have so far escaped the attentions of the recording industry’s legal experts. Unlike Napster, unfiltered services such as Aimster and MusicCity share music using a decentralised network of “peers”. Each boast hundreds of thousands of users. Many users have see Napster’s co-operation with the music industry as a sign that it will never provide the diverse it once did. They vow to remain with alternative services. But much will also depend on users’ first taste of the new technology. Andy Oram, editor of Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies says that the technology of other file sharing systems has evolved since Napster’s heyday. He says that in its original incarnation Napster’s content was controlled solely by users, which meant it was a breeding ground for alternative interests. By contrast, he believes the new Napster will be a vehicle for the music industry. “What they are trying to do is provide a portal for the music industry and typically this sort of portal hasn’t worked well,” he told New Scientist. Oram says that instead of trying to control these types of file sharing networks, the music industry will eventually have to adapt to the pressures of peer-to-peer technologies. “I think that people putting music or books online will have to get used to earning less of a margin,

 

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