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CNET News.com: AOL's Nullsoft creates software for swapping MP3s

Mar 15, 2000, 07:59 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

"Nullsoft, which makes the popular Winamp digital music player, confirmed that it is building a file-swapping program, dubbed "Gnutella." Nullsoft said its version will offer improvements over Napster by reducing network traffic jams that can arise when thousands of large, compressed music files are traded online...."

"Nullsoft executives say its music software will make it difficult for university officials to block student access. While Napster's software requires music lovers to connect directly to Napster's computer system, Nullsoft's technology will let people build their own networks to swap files...."

"Pepper said that AOL gives Nullsoft leeway for creating technology but admits that the music software could ruffle some feathers. He added, however, that the product is a "labor of love," and unlike Napster, his company doesn't plan to make money off it. Nullsoft plans to release the "source code" for the product, allowing anyone to see and modify its original programming blueprints."

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