“Downloaded” documentary explores the rise and fall of Napster


Think about Facebook, iPods, iTunes — all things you might use every single day. They all have seeds in the “little program that could,” called Napster. Co-created by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker in the late 1990s, the file-sharing service/social network was not only ahead of its time technologically and socially, it completely changed how the public consumes media. If it wasn’t for Fanning and Parker, who knows how long it would have taken for corporations to allow you to download music on your computer or rent one of their movies without leaving your house.

I’m really looking forward to seeing this and have been wondering how long it’d take for a Napster backstory to be filmed ever since “The Social Network” was released.

2013 seems to already be the year of file sharing documentaries now that we’ve also had TPB AFK.