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Wired: Open-Source 'Napster' Shut Down

Mar 16, 2000, 02:01 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Jones)

"Justin Frankel and Tom Pepper, founders of Nullsoft and the popular Winamp MP3 player, have been developing a file-sharing software tool which could be even more potent than Napster in letting users share MP3 files over the Net."

"But the "Gnutella" project may never get past its current beta stage if AOL determines the project is a threat to record labels Warner Music and EMI, which would become part of AOL this year if pending mergers are approved."

"The Gnutella software was an unauthorized freelance project and the Web site that allowed access to the software has been taken down," said Josh Felser, general manager for AOL's Spinner and Winamp projects."

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