In , a teenage, baseball-capped Sean Parker, future billionaire Facebook investor, told journalists that one day "everyone will be listening to music on their cellphones. Downloaded, the story of music-file sharing service Napster, is full of prophetic moments like this, where the company founders, Parker and Shawn Fanning, are already glimpsing a future where fans are streaming music across multiple devices, even as everyone else is popping down to the Virgin Megastore to buy the Spice Girls' CD. The two-hour documentary had its world premiere at the SXSW music and film festival in Texas, attended by the two Napster founders and the film's director, Alex Winter. But since then he has done very little apart from direct a handful of TV series. This version of Napster's story has echoes of Bill and Ted — two clueless teenagers who unwittingly manage to change history.
I first heard about Napster in 8th grade aka, It sounded like the stuff dreams were made of — you mean I can download free music from my babysitter, The Internet? I sat in Social Studies shaking like a leaf with DTs. That same day, I went home with a friend after school, and she asked me to choose whatever song I wanted. We were gonna download it! Holy shit.
Overcoming shyness, surviving to 16 and doing well in school are what our essay contest winners are most proud of. Howard, 14, learned that Koreans have mixed emotions about re-uniting the North and South Korea after nearly 50 years. As artists sue to keep their music from being given away for free on the Internet, teens must decide whether to continue downloading their stolen songs.
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