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CNN: Open source Napster-like product disappears after release

Mar 17, 2000, 08:40 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D. Ian Hopper)

"America Online on Wednesday pulled the plug on Gnutella, an enhanced Napster clone that barely got out of the gate Tuesday."

"When America Online-owned Nullsoft, the development house that created the software MP3 player WinAmp, announced that their new spinoff Gnullsoft would create an open-source Napster-like utility, music fans and open-source proponents went wild...."

"Anne Bentley, a spokesperson for AOL, called Gnutella an "unauthorized freelance project" and said the Web site had been taken down. She refused to answer any other questions and wouldn't forward questions on to Nullsoft."

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