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Chapter 34. Online Music > MP3 File Sharing

MP3 File Sharing

As discussed back in Chapter 19, “Working with Files,” peer-to-peer (P2P) networking defines a network of computers where individual PCs connect (via the Internet) and exchange files without the use of a central server. The most popular application of P2P networking to date has been the sharing of MP3 files, as typified by the popular (and controversial) Napster file-sharing service.

The Napster Saga

Napster (www.napster.com) is in essence a service, driven by proprietary software, that facilitates the direct connection of two PCs over the Internet. Napster’s software runs outside of your Web browser and enables you to search the Napster network for specific files, which you can then download directly to your computer. While you’re connected to the Napster network, other Napster users can search for files on your PC, and download your files to their computers.


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