Wired: Open-Source ‘Napster’ Shut Down

“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.”