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Napster  4,866,918 downloads

Napster is a search engine that allows you to find and download MP3 audio files. It eliminates the problems of conventional FTP transfers by using cutting-edge technology to ensure the completion of each MP3 download. When searching online for songs, you can specify the minimum server ping (response) times, as well as MP3 bitrates and frequency.

Napster essentially provides a virtual community of MP3 fans, in that each Napster user "shares" his or her MP3 collection with everyone else running Napster, ensuring a vast collection of MP3s for download. All results are verified to allow you to find the fastest server, and all searches are in real time, so the list of available songs you receive is consistently reliable. The program also features Automatic Hash Resuming, which lets Napster find the next-fastest server that has the same song and automatically complete the download if you should lose your connection. The easy-to-use Napster interface has its own chat system, allowing users to chat with each other in a number of different forums based on music genre. Also included with Napster is an internal MP3 player, although you can choose to specify an external MP3 player. Its Hot List feature helps you keep track of your favorite MP3 libraries by notifying you when they are online and accessible.

Version 2.0 beta 10.3 solidly demonstrates the acoustic fingerprinting technology. The release of beta 10.3 disables previous versions of the Napster application identifiable to Napster servers.

To learn how to use Napster more effectively, check out this tutorial.

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"Thank You Mr. Fanning for the Memories"
Napster was once the most incredible tool for finding rare and older tunes that record stores just couldn't be bothered to keep in stock...Now you just can't find anything worth listening to. Yes the filters are working and yes, Napster is officially dead in my opinion. We'll probably never again see such a wonderful program available to the general public. Thanks for trying to fight back.

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 Quick facts
Company: Napster
Version: 2.0 beta 10.3
Date added: June 22, 2001
File size: 1.8MB
Approx. download time: 4 min. at 56 kbps; Clock this download 
Downloads: 4,866,918
License: Free
Minimum requirements: Windows (all)
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