"The tiny Napster is shaking the music industry to its
"Just last summer he was a college freshman at Northeastern
University majoring in computer science, and hanging out on IRC in
his free time. Napster was the very first Windows program he ever
wrote: He had to buy a book to figure out how to code it."
"Today, Fanning is surrounded by the chaos and bustle of his new
start-up, also called Napster; he's dropped out of school to work
full time on it and he's been suddenly enveloped by a seasoned CEO
and layers of vice presidents and managers who are scurrying about
trying to invent business models and marketing strategies and
revenue streams for his barely-in-beta product. Napster the
software program -- a downloadable application that lets users
temporarily turn their computers into servers for the purpose of
swapping MP3 files -- is growing faster than anyone could have
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