your transfers, kid*
As you've presumably figured out by now the
upload status display is
where you can monitor
and control the files
other users are taking
from your shared files library. If you don't want
somebody downloading a particular file
you can give them the boot.
If you feel like it you can even sit and watch the progress of your visitor's
transfers all day long. I'm not sure why
you would want to - but you could
if you wanted to. Maybe
it would be fun.
Exhibit A - I wonder what
the chances are that this would happen in real life?
one place where using Napster can become a
social thing - if you
feel like socializing, of course, that is.
How so? Lets
say you've just started up a
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.
person likes my music collection
you think about it chances are pretty good that this person likes the
same kind of music you do. After all they do seem to like what you have
in your library. They may well even be clued in to stuff you don't know
At this point you can do one
of two things.
If you happen to be feeling incredibly friendly
you can say hi. Just
send an instant message addressed to the user name of the person who is
downloading the file. Maybe they'll message
back. Maybe they won't. Maybe you'll make a
special new Napster friend.
Or alternatively, you can do what most people do:
bop over to that
person's hard drive
and see what they have in their library. Yes, it's
true that occasionally you will be horrified by what you find and turn
around and flee. Twenty-six seperate versions of one bad song? It happens.
We've seen it. But
it is also true that you may find songs and artists you never would have
If you find yourself interested in more than a few
songs in your new aquaintance's library
add them to your hotlist.
Next up - surf
napster, live longer
Just so you know: I mean kid in the best
possible way. If you don't like being called kid I don't blame you at
all. But please - don't be insulted. This is a reference to the work of
always liked. My way of paying
homage.... Since I can't write him a song I wrote him a headline.
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