Tuning your searches
be able to fine tune your searches by trying
different combinations in
the Artist and
Title fields. 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.
basic idea: the more people online, the better your chances. Learn to
look at the
status panel in the
lower right hand corner of the search window to see how many files are
available for share and
how many people are
connected to Napster to keep track of this.
It won't be long before you figure out that Napster
has a number of glaring weaknesses when it comes to running searches.
Unlike most search engines, Napster does not allow you to fine tune your
searches by excluding terms or using Boolean operators like "and"
and "not." This is hardly a fatal flaw but it does make finding
the stuff you want a little harder. Most people are still able
to find more than enough music to keep them happy, the trick is mastering
the art - and it is an art - of finding the stuff you want on Napster.
file sharing programs - like Gnutella - allow you to do considerably more
Unfortunately, as a whole, these applications have other weaknesses which
make them considerably less effective than Napster for the time being.
Napster Inc. to add this feature - and many others - in the not so distant
future. For now, you'll have to be patient. Speaking of which...
at first you don't succeed....
If all of your attempts to find a particular song fail it is always a
good idea to try again later. Remember: your search is only returning
results based on what is available at that moment. 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.
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.
thing to consider: 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've got the hang of the program's basic search features, you'll probably
want to fool around with some of Napster's advanced
search functions. If you want to limit your
searches to only fast downloads for example, you can try doing a search
restricting your results to only faster connections. This is a very good
idea, as you will soon discover.
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.
more on searching Napster see
mo' better searches.
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