Master Napster: stuff you need to know
Posted by netwebly | 12.12.2000
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.
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.
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
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 guerrila 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 - if you are a 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. Luckilly the idea - to use a malicious virus to attack illegal MP3 files on Napster - is close to technically impossible according to our sources. The short explanation: MP3 files cannot carry viruses.
Obviously, such a plan would affect anybody with MP3 files - both legal and illegal. It would be a terrible blow to digital music and to the Net as a whole if the idea ever became a reality.
The most common problem you'll have to deal with when you're using Napster will be interupted 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 most well-designed networks. All kinds of things can go wrong - and do 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 - like Gnutella - allow you to resume interrupted
transfers rather than forcing you start all over again from step one.
Unfortunately, Napster does not. Bear
in mind that the problems you're having may have nothing to do with Napster
If your ISP provides
unreliable service, your downloading may suffer serious consequences.
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 interuptions for maintanince.If that's the case you'll probably be able to find another server you can connect to in a matter of minutes. If you're an impatient sort of person and just can't wait, your best course of action may be to use Napigator to try to connect to another server. The problem may well be limited to only a few servers.
that doesn't work you may want to try using one of the unofficial networks
based on OpenNap, the open source version of the napster protocol. Using
Napigator or a client like Mynapster you'll be able to search -
like xnapster, openap or mynapster.
are a couple of things you can do to make this more bearable. 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.
Do you really want to rely on a technology that was considered state of the art in 1989?
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.