You'll also find information on more advanced topics that will show you how to use Napster more wisely and more effectively.There's a lot here, probably much more than you could possibly digest in a single sitting, even if you have a huge appetite for stuff like this. My advice: explore! Take a look around until you find a topic that interests you and read until you've had your fill. Then come back later and explore some more. This is the second draft of this sucker. Number three will hopefully be even better. - netwebly
Sharing: the basics
In the case of Napster, the vast number of files available for download represent an almost unimaginable variety of music in the MP3 format, the clever little invention that allows music to be stored digitally, piped across the Net and played using your computer.
While it is true that when Napster first started getting popular, the selection of files available for download was limited to mostly mainstream pop and college rock, that has changed dramatically as more people, including a growing number of serious music fans, have discovered the program. These days you'll find almost anything you could imagine on Napster, including interviews with artists, spoken word performances, rare concert recordings, previously unreleased studio cuts, and of course, an almost overwhelming number of new bands eager to use Napster's popularity to promote their music.
File Sharing Problem
Remember: People said many of the same things about the Net when it first
started getting popular. Napster (and other file sharing programs like
it) is one of the first experiments with a new medium, a medium that is
just as revolutionary in its own way as other great inventions in history,
inventions like radio, television and even the Net itself. That such a
new medium should generate controversy is hardly surprising.
You'll also need to think about what you're going to do with your MP3 files after you download them. Are you going to keep them sitting on your hard drive forever? Or are you going to listen to them a few times and then delete them?
Many people use Napster to sample music, in the same way they'd listen to a CD at a record store to decide if they want buy it. They download a couple of tracks, have a listen, and if they like them, they buy the CD. If not, they delete the song.
It's hard to argue that anybody is being hurt in these cases. The artist gets the same sort of exposure they'd get if the song was played on the radio or on television. The Napster user gets to discover new music.
Of course, there are other people who act very differently. These people
download all the music they want using Napster, listen to it as much as
they want, burn their own cds and don't feel guilty about any of it for
Note on Security
The bad news is that there are other problems you're going to have worry about. If you use a Napster clone, or a similar file sharing application like Gnutella to download software, you're putting yourself at serious risk of contracting the kind of virus that could wipe out your hard drive in minutes. Before you download anything using one of these programs, make sure your antivirus software is current, up to date and above all else, working.
Hackers, Crackers and Codepackers
Many people assume that the vast size of the Net makes them invisible. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Most Hackers use automated programs which aren't much harder to use than a program like Microsoft Word. These tools scan thousands of IP addresses at a time, collecting Internet addresses that are easy targets, identifying computers which are vulnerable for one reason or another.
Few of the people engaged in these actvities care who you are or what you are doing online - or even what you have on your computer. Many are driven only by curiosity and a desire to explore. Sadly, a good number are of a more destructive mindset. As is so often the case in society in general, violence on the Net is mostly random: it is impersonal, it is evil, and it can easily make your life miserable.
To play it safe, you should make a point of installing some form of protection to make sure your connection is secure. I use BlackIce Defender from Network Ice, an inexpensive program the manufacturer describes as a personal firewall. You can download a free demo on the Net. The are other such programs on the market, of course, that's just the one I happen to use.
With a program like Defender set up as a watchdog, you will realize how serious this problem is becoming. These days it is not at all uncommon for cable connections to be probed dozens, if not hundreds of times a week by Hackers looking for easy pickings. When this happens your firewall software should block the intruder and alert you to what is going on.
Few cable or DSL providers warn customers about these risks, a policy which in my opinion is inexcusable. Because they have no legal requirement to do so, very few feel obliged to mention the problem at all. Doing so would undoubtedly be bad for business.
Protect your computer
So much for introductions. You now know pretty much what I know about Napster, in terms of general background. This should be more than enough to get you started. Let's get on with it.
Download your copy of Napster
To download the newly released Napster for the Mac go to http://www.napster.com/mac/download/
Due to the heavy traffic the site often attracts, there will be times when it may take longer than you'd like to download the program from Napster.com. CNet's Download.com is an excellent alternative. http://www.download.com
you would like to download an older, archived version of Napster instead
of the company's current release you can try http://www.nappytools.com.
Napster won't encourage you to do so, this name can be changed. The info
you'll need to do this is out there. You can use a search engine like
Google to find it.
Here you'll be prompted to select the line speed of your connection from a drop down menu, enabling Napster to transfer files at something resembling peak efficiency.
T1/T3 - The holy grail of connections. Find one of these and you're probably set. Transfer will be almost instantaneous - especially if you have a healthy connection as well. Many experienced users add these to their hotlists when they come across them in their searches.
For some this is a macho thing (go figure), for reasons known only to themselves, some people with really slow modems to like to pretend that they have cable connections or faster. If a download is running much slower than it should, this could be what's going on.
On the flip side of the coin, some people with fast connections try to discourage others from downloading from them by registering their modems at sluggish speeds. Most do this because they are worried about using up too much bandwidth - either because they have to pay for it or because they don't want to put a strain on network resources. Given how many people there out there for you download from, you may as well just give these people the space they want.
You can store your files in any folder you like. Bear in mind that other Napster users will be visiting to take a look at what you have stored here. Although in theory, you could share your whole MyDocuments folder, it probably isn't a very good idea. As long as you stick to Napster you will only be able to share and download MP3 and Window media files. Other file sharing programs will let you share almost any kind of file. But for the time being at least, Napster is for music only.
The easiest thing to do is probably to go ahead and let Napster make a new directory for you by default. In later versions of Napster, the default directory will be named MyFiles. If you would like to share files from more than one folder you can do so later on by selecting the folders you would like to share in Napster's preferences.
you're trying to connect from work or school and you run into problems,
it's very possible that the powers that be have decided to restrict your
access. A quick email to the people who run your network or a trip to
your school or company's web site should let you find out pretty quickly
if this is the case.
your way around
The way this works is simple. Let's say you're looking for a track by "The Beagles."
To find MP3 files you can download, type "Beagles" into the
Artist field and hit return. Napster will return a list of Beagles songs
being shared by other users. You can download any one of these by right
clicking on the title and selecting download from the drop down menu that
Fine Tuning Your Searches
A few minutes of trial and error will usually yield good results. Bear in mind that your results will vary depending on how many people are connected to Napster's servers at any one time. The basic idea: the more people online, the better your chances. To keep track of this, look to see how many files are available for share and how many people are connected to Napster.
Other file sharing programs - like Gnutella - allow you to do considerably more fine tuning. Unfortunately, as a whole, these applications have other weaknesses which make them considerably less effective than Napster for the time being.
At First You Don't Succeed
Also, bear in mind that most people don't connect to Napster every day. With 40 million users signed up for the service as of December, chances are good you'll find what you're looking for if you are persistent and try connecting regularly at different times of day and on different days of the week. As a rule of thumb, the number of files available is much higher after business hours are over and on weekends. The size of the available file pool also increases dramatically at times when Napster is in the news.
People all over the world use Napster. Obviously, many of these people operate in different time zones than you do. If you're looking for mainstream US pop and you live in North America, the time of day won't matter quite as much, but if you're looking for something more eclectic - something from Japan, from Europe or from the Middle East for example, you'll want to take this factor into account.
You also may want to experiment with limiting your searches to only files of the best possible bitrate. Generally speaking this will return files of better sound quality and weed out the annoying tracks which you don't want cluttering up your hard drive.
Remember that while you can schedule as many downloads as you want at one time, only three can run at the same time. You can switch the order in which files download by clicking on prioritize.
Another very cool feature to keep in mind: you don't have to wait for a song to finish downloading before you start listening to it. Napster's built-in MP3 player allows you to preview a track at any time. Take advantage of this feature and you'll save yourself untold amounts of frustration. If you have questions about the authenticity or the quality of a file, check it out instead of sitting through the whole download.
If your download has slowed to an unacceptable speed, right click on the transfer and select User Information from the drop down menu that appears.
This should tell you what's going on at the other person's end. You'll be able to see how many people are using the connection to download files as well as how many downloads that user is running themselves. Remember, every transfer consumes resources - crowded connections will probably slow you down. You may want to make a habit of checking things out on the other end, before you run your downloads. Unfortunately, many Napster users report that this information is often inaccurate. Hopefully, the company will solve this problem sooner rather than later.
If your transfer speed doesn't pick up again, you should probably abort the transfer and find somebody else to download the file from. As a rule, if you are using a slow connection you should probably run your transfers one at time. You don't have the bandwidth to download a bunch at once.
Your Transfers, Kid
Lets say you've just started up a Napster session, found a song you want to download and started the process. As you watch the file downloading in the transfer window you notice something kind of neat happen: A stranger has connected to you and is downloading a file. A lot of people report feeling a little freaked when this happens the first time. After all, a complete stranger has just strolled onto your hard drive and is in there somewhere, rummaging about and looking at things.
While this can be disconcerting - especially if you've waited patiently for an hour and a half for a file to download over your roommates hand-me down laptop, it doesn't have to be that big of a problem. Your route around problems like this should be obvious. Take advantage of Napster's ability to preview MP3's as they download.
If you're one of those people who has a spelling problem - do everybody else a favor and double check artist names and song titles before you make them available. In addition to providing a wonderful public service for the rest of the Napster community you'll be learning to spell at the same time.
Unfortunately once these get into circulation they take on a life of their own. People keep downloading and sharing the things with the unfortunate result that they keep on spreading from hard drive to hard drive until they're everywhere. Do us all a favor: Delete or quarantine the little suckers so they don't keep showing up where they're not wanted.
Some opponents - like StopNapster and the Cuckoo Egg people - are angry enough about what's going on in the Napster community that they are resorting to a kind of low key guerilla warfare to try to slow down file sharing. The basic idea is simple. Create a bogus MP3 containing nonsense or an anti-Napster message and spread it as far and wide as you possibly can. People who download your little napster bomb will be irritated and hopefully (from the point of view of the napster bomber) think twice about using napster to download copyrighted material. These cause no damage. They will only irritate you.
It's worth noting that some people who have opposed Napster in the past have since reversed their positions. Evolution Control, the group some credit with coming up with the Napster bomb idea, have since flip-flopped for reasons you may find revealing.
There have also been rumors - founded or unfounded I can't say - of at least one group of more radically-minded musicians which is attempting to create a version of the napster bomb which actually carries a destructive payload. Luckily the idea - to use a malicious virus to attack illegal MP3 files on Napster - is close to technically impossible.
Better Searches - A Case Study
Lets say you're looking for a tune by Stinky Posse V, a Southern California Ska band from a suburb of Los Angeles. To stay on the safe side, I'm making up a group to use as an example. Of course, if you ever find anything by Stinky Posse Five on Napster or anywhere else for that matter. Let me know. I'd like to meet them...
The problem is this: you can't remember the name of the Stinky Posse song you want. It might start with an F. Or a G. Or it might not. You're just not certain. It's on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't place it.
o.k. because Napster is going to make finding your song easy. Type Stinky
Posse V in the search window in the Artist Field and hit enter. Wait a
couple of seconds for the search to run. Dum..de...dum...
there we go. Who would have thought we'd find so many songs by such an
obscure band? Lets see: what do we have here? There it is, right at the
top of the list, the exact song we were looking for. "Glad Bag"
by Stinky Posse V. What a great name for a song!
Take a closer look: We've got a couple of dozen versions of a song called Stinky Posse Anthem, which sounds like it might be a good song. If you're curious (which chances are you are), you can download it. If it turns out that you don't like the song, you can delete it. No harm done. Remember all that talk about how great Napster is for discovering new music? Now you know what people are talking about.
We also have something called Stinky Posse Special, as well as an MP3 that claims to be Stinky Posse live with Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Courtney Love. And wow, what do you know? We seem to have found the Stinky Posse cover of an old Beatles song we like a lot: (You say you want a) Revolution. Because we're frankly curious to know what a ska version of a Lennon-McCartney classic sounds like we'll have to download that one later.
The good news: the incredible number of bootlegs and covers to be found on Napster, is one of the things that makes the program so popular with people who are serious about music. The fact is, using Napster, you'll be able to find stuff you'd never find otherwise. Stuff you would have literally had to have traveled thousands of miles to find.
The particularly nice thing: many of these tracks are live recordings of performances which are perfectly legal for you to download, assuming of course that the artist in question lets fans trade.
Returning to our case study: We also seem to have stuff that might or might not be related to what we're looking for. We have a song by somebody called Stinky Posie, who could be a working class English art rock band from Brighton, or who could be a typo.
We also have entries for Stinky Pose, Stinky Pos and Stinky P as well as one for a band called Skanky Poo - none of whom we've ever heard of. Having never heard of any of these bands, we may want to do some investigatin' if the mood takes us. If you're like most people, you'll discover a lot of new music this way.
These examples may seem ludicrous (they are), but they are also very representative of the sort of thing that will happen when you start poking around on Napster. There's a very real reason people are so high on exploring the world of music world using the program. That's because the experience of using Napster is so different from what we all grew with. Using Napster is a much freer, less controlled experience than the experience of listening to the radio, or watching MTV or even browsing the aisles at a record store.
Can't Find It
What are we going to do? Walk to a record store in the middle of the night and write down all of the song titles off the back of every Stinky Posse CD we can find and then slink back home and download them all? Don't laugh, some people do exactly that. But perhaps there is a better way.
You forgot you're on the Net, didn't you?
After all, if you are reading this, it's a pretty safe bet that you're
on the Net: the meanest, leanest, largest, fastest, and generally slickest
collection of information ever assembled in the course of human history.
There's plenty of stuff on Stinky Posse out there. The challenge is finding
what you want.
Engines are your friend, Kid
Stinky Posse into Google's search field and see what happens. Statistically
speaking, the odds are quite high that you will now be buried alive in
links to Stinky Posse. And if past experience is any gauge, you'll probably
find a ton of stuff you might not have thought to look for otherwise.
Generally people go to these sites to buy stuff. But increasingly, people are visiting for just the reason you are: to do a little research. You'll find just about all of the information you could ever want about Stinky Posse or almost any other band on these sites, including professional (sometimes) reviews, fan feedback, CD covers and liner notes.
Of course, the people who run these sites know why you're there and they
are deeply bummed about it. After all, they'd been hoping to make a lot
of money on the e-commerce thing and most of them are a little sad that
people are downloading music for free rather than paying them for it.
There's not much they can do about it, however, except offer to sell you
The thing to do is to free yourself from all those endless pages of search results filled with stuff you don't want and stuff you don't need. To do this you're going to have to use a new approach - one that experienced Napster users use much of the time.
along these lines. Napster is a network. Sure it's a distributed network
- but it's a network nonetheless, the distributed thing is just a detail.
Hence Napster can be surfed - just like the web. It can be explored. And
it can be conquered. All we need is a board. Or more accurately, something
that works sorta like a board.
Meet your surfboard: The hotlist
Used correctly, the hotlist will give you a head start when it comes time to go out and start searching for new music. Many Napster users build up pretty sizable lists of names for their hotlists. Some even have hundreds of users hotlisted. The reason they do this? So they can surf instead of spending hour after hour searching.
a Wave and You're sittin' On Top of the World.
Now, start browsing. You'll notice a couple of things right away: The average Napster user is sharing a lot of files, in some cases well near a thousand. Using the hotlist function, you'll be able to browse through all of them - exploring and downloading and downloading and exploring to your heart's content.
And most don't bother ripping filler in the first place. Few invest the time and energy it takes to rip all the tracks off a cd, unless they're hard-core. They rip the good stuff. And then they go do something else - and you end up with the musical equivalent of the Darwinian Theory of Natural Selection in action.
Sure you'll find plenty of people hanging out on Napster with what can only be described as questionable taste in music. But guess what? You're going to find that you enjoy listening to bad music at times - in the same way real movie fans get hyped about watching really bad movies. As long as you have control, its an adventure. It's when people start forcing you to listen to bad music that the trouble starts....
If you have any imagination at all, the questions will keep coming. Who are these people? What do they look like? Are they dangerous? Are they fun? What sort of jobs do they have? What do they do when they're not using Napster?
- Something Went Wrong
The most common problem you'll have to deal with when you're using Napster will be interrupted transfers. These are a fact of life and something you are going to have to get used to if you plan on using Napster on a regular basis. Napster traffic puts a heavy strain on even fastest, grooviest, most well-designed networks. All kinds of things can go wrong and do go wrong on a routine basis. Servers can go down. Traffic can overwhelm networks. People turn off their computers or disconnect from Napster. Small children unplug surge protectors. Such is life.
Other file-sharing programs - including some of the Gnutella clones - allow you to resume interrupted transfers rather than forcing you start all over again from step one. Which if you happen to be using a slow connection, is a very cool thing indeed. Unfortunately, Napster does not, although that may well change as the service becomes more commercial. Bear in mind that the problems you're having may have nothing to do with Napster Inc.. If your ISP provides unreliable service, your downloading may suffer serious consequences.
One other tip: try to remember to delete your interrupted transfers on a regular basis. Many people forget to do this, with the result that partial files and song fragments have a habit of spreading like wildfire.
To check on napster's official status visit http://www.napster.com/status/.
You'll find information on outages here as well as information on scheduled service interruptions.
The first is to schedule your downloads intelligently. Select the files you want to transfer before going to bed or before leaving for work. Barring an unexpected disconnection - one of the frustrations you're going to have to deal with anyway if you're using a slow line - your MP3s will await you when wake up or return home. Still, you'll be moving at a snail's pace compared to the people who are using high speed cable connections or DSL lines. This means you'll only be able to transfer a fraction of what you otherwise could.
In theory, these programs allow you to increase the speed at which you transfer data by tweaking modem and configuration settings you otherwise probably wouldn't know about. Most are fairly easy to use and available as freeware or shareware. In the long run, over the course of many MP3 downloads, you'll probably save yourself a significant amount of time.
Obviously, both cable and dsl have advantages and disadvantages. Do your homework before signing up, many providers still ask customers to sign long term contracts before installation. Know what you're getting into before you sign the dotted line.
in the Workplace
The bandwidth problem is also a big issue for many employers. Bandwidth can be an expensive thing - no sane businessperson is going to let their network suffer so you can listen to a cover of Hippy Hippy Shake by the Muffs while you're supposed to be finishing a spreadsheet.
Napster in the Workplace: The Pros
These days many employers, especially in the tech sector, ask employees to make huge sacrifices for the good of the company. Web designers, programmers and content people all routinely log crazy hours when a project starts moving.
Despite everything you'll see on Napster, the company's official policy is that unauthorized use of copyrighted material will not be tolerated. The way this policy works is simple. The artist in question registers an official complaint with Napster. The company then checks to see who has the recordings in question. A switch is flicked (metaphorically speaking) and if you're one the people with the file on your hard drive - ouch - you're gone.
The most notorious example of a ban of course, is the Metallica incident. Not long ago hundreds of thousands of people were given the boot after the group discovered how much of their material was being distributed. The political fallout the band faced from fans after making this decision is probably the reason many artists choose not to take action against Napster users.
There are also rumors that Napster uses this punishment to stop certain behavior in the user forums. Posting information that tells other other Napster users how to alter the Napster client or using an unauthorized bot to search many servers at once is allegedly grounds for expulsion.
If you're a heavy Napster user and don't want to get kicked, it's probably a good idea to keep track of the artists who are banning people. Word of a ban circulates fairly quickly on the Napster forums. Several people also maintain lists of artists who are banning people. Of course, there's always a chance you'll get hit anyway, any precautions you may take will be meaningless if a new artist suddenly decides to take action against people who are snagging their music - and you happen to be one those people.
Most of the solutions are simple patches which let you trick Napster into thinking you are somebody else, allowing you to make your triumphant return to the service regardless of your status. Installation of these patches is usually fairly easy. But be warned: in order to set up most you'll probably have to change lines of code manually. If the idea of doing this sort of thing by yourself freaks you out, you'll either have to find somebody more competent to do it for you or find another solution.
Naturally, Napster's official policy is that patches are a no no.
thing worth mentioning: Do not install a patch if you have any doubts
about the legitimacy of the source. It's a sad fact of life these days
that there are plenty of people out there who are more than willing to
take advantage of less technically knowledgeable users.
and Go Seek
This may be true. But don't count on it.
it is probably true that this will cut down on the chances that a program
like Media Enforcer will catch you with a file sitting on your hard drive,
the protection this strategy offers is by no means complete. If
you've heard it once you've heard it about three thousand times. The only
surefire way to stay out of trouble is to stick to downloading only songs
by bands who have expressly granted Napster permission to distribute their
material - such as the artists participating in the Napster new artists
Guess what? You really are a wanker.
the other hand it may be worth it to you: if only for the few fleeting
minutes of pleasure you derive from imagining the expressions on other
users' faces when they see special agent Bronsonburger show up in their
Take heavy Metal songs and aim them at smooth jazz and easy listening
fans. Give classic rock fans a taste of the Beasties. Play off the East
Coast-West coast rivalry in rap. Start your own Barry Manilow resurgence.
The possibilities are endless. Your Wanker cred will grow with each bogus
file you add to the system.
Your Bandwidth Usage
Although Napster's legal status remains very much up in the air and probably will continue to be uncertain for some time to come, it makes sense that schools are concerned about possible legal action being taken against them.
The Recording Industry, the record labels and individual performers have already filed and won many law suits involving file-sharing programs. It is very conceivable that a college or university could be held liable for the actions of its students given the right lawyer and the right courtroom. Under the circumstances, don't be surprised if your school's lawyers decide to close out Napster.
Ultimately, it is the indirect implications of Napster use that has many network administrators worried - not the program itself. Because it's possible for another Napster user to determine your IP address while you're connected to the network, your downloading sessions could very easily draw unwanted attention to your network, increasing the possibility of hacker attacks and related problems.
Napster users, by and large, are also more likely to use other file-sharing programs like Gnutella and FreeNet to download things other than MP3 files. Unfortunately, this is where things can get really nasty, really quickly. While MP3 files themselves pose little or no security risk, other file types can pose a threat. .exe files in particular, can contain computer viruses or hacker toys like Trojan horses which can cause serious problems. Network administrators are right to be worried about the security implications posed by Napster. You probably should be too.
course, the quality of any given recording will vary tremendously, depending
on the quality of the original and the compression used when the file
is ripped. A bootleg of a band like the Flaming Lips playing in somebody's
basement in the late eighties is probably going to sound about as awful
as you'd expect.
On the other hand, if you get irritated by things like terrible sounding recordings of bands you've never heard of before and weren't sure you even wanted in the first place - hit the delete key. It'll make you feel better.
Your easiest option if you're stuck with a poor quality recording is probably to fire up Napster again and do another search. There's a good chance that you'll be able to find a better sounding version of the song you're looking for without too much trouble. You may even find something you hadn't been expecting while you're at it - like a studio cut of the track or a rare live performance.
In the worst case scenario - gasp - you can always head over to the old ramshackle cd store and bite the bullet. Your consolation: at least now you can be pretty sure you'll have a fair sounding MP3 at the end of the day.
Quality by Genre
Going to your local electronics mart and trying to find cute little speakers that actually sound good probably isn't your best option. The saleperson you'll be talking to probably knows less about MP3 files and digital music in general than your grandma, chances good are they'll offer to sell you that sound 'much much much better'. Chances are it won't.
Just about anything you can find will do a better job. A inexpensive stereo system will do just fine when you're first starting out. A cheap boom box may even do the trick. In fact, just about anything will work as long as it has auxiliary input jacks capable of taking standard RC cables.
Unless you're a software engineer with plenty of discretionary income left over from your last paycheck don't bother with high end stereo equipment, as long as you're playing MP3 files, chances are you won't be able to tell the difference between high end and low end sound.
If you want to save a few bucks and you're willing to wait - consider looking on a site like E-Bay for bargains. You will be amazed at how many people have old stereos and speakers lying around. Play the EBay game well and negotiate patiently and you may walk away with a real bargain. There is a chance, of course, somebody will try to play the old broken stereo trick on you, so be careful and spend your money wisely.
Once you get serious about your MP3s you may want to seriously consider investing in an amplifier. A good amplifier can often cover up the inherent weaknesses of a file by allowing you to adjust sound levels to suit your taste. No matter what your music freak friends tell you, this part isn't rocket science, it's a matter of making minor adjustments and letting your ear develop until you get it right.
Bear in mind that the same rules apply on the forums that apply in other online communities. It's a good idea to browse through a few discussions before posting. You'll be able to find answers to many questions without too much trouble.
Another thing to bear in mind: All of the discussions on the Napster site are indexed. This means that to save time you can do a keyword search, rather than browsing through dozens or hundreds of postings.
A final tip: If you do post to the forums, make your headers descriptive if you want people to reply. A posting titled "silly little newbie question" is much less likely to get answered than "Napster keeps uninstalling itself automatically, what do I do?"
A longer file - like an extended forty five minute jam session - can very easily be ten or twenty Megabytes in size. If you're a big Phish fan plan on upgrading your disk space sooner rather than later.When you start running out of space think about managing the size of your MP3 collection by deleting the files you don't really need.