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From Napster To Now: The 10 Best Sites To Get Music For Free On The Internet

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The VH1 Rock Doc Downloaded gets it’s public premiere this Thursday (that’s the 12th!) steaming on AOL. It’s a fitting debut for Alex Winter‘s film that chronicles the rise and fall of Napster, the infamous high profile peer-to-peer internet music sharing service. Although extremely controversial due to the thorny questions it raised about ownership and copyright, there’s no denying that the site placed a major cultural role and was an important technological stepping stone.

In the twelve years since a barrage of lawsuits shut it down, music sharing on the internet has gone from being just for “pirates” to a major business. There’s no shortage of sites where one can steam (or in some cases download) music of every conceivable variety, all to your heart’s content. We’ve got the mysterious-yet-epic “Daisy” project from Beats on the horizon, the brain child industry titans Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor and record exec Jimmy Iovine. Napster’s back -this time as a streaming site and MP3 store- and now even BitTorrent is going legit as a legal file transfer site. We’ve come a long way in music sharing since the first steps taken by Napster more than a dozen years ago. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to rock out for free (or very little money) on the web!

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SXSW 2013: Top 6 Most Provocative Questions Answered At Today’s Downloaded Panel Discussion

SXSW Downloaded Panel Discussion

From L To R: Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker, John Perry Barlow, Alex Winter and moderator Eugene Hernandez.

VH1′s latest Rock Doc, Downloaded, made its world premiere at the South By Southwest Music Festival on Sunday night. The film tells the story of Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, the two teenage hacker wunderkinds who brought the music industry to its knees when they founded Napster in the late 1990s. Earlier today, director Alex Winter joined Fanning, Parker and internet activist/Grateful Dead collaborator John Perry Barlow for a lively panel discussion about the disruptive effect this product had on the world.

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SXSW 2013: Downloaded Stars Shawn Fanning And Sean Parker On The Lessons They Learned Launching Napster

The world premiere of Downloaded, the latest entry in the Emmy award winning VH1 Rock Docs canon, went down at Austin’s Paramount Theater last night as part of the 2013 SXSW Festival. We were there on the red carpet, where we caught up with the film’s primary subjects, Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, and asked them each about the single biggest lesson they learned during this equally exciting and chaotic time.

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