Shawn Fanning revolutionized how we listen to music through his file sharing program, Napster. In this aftershow, J and Brady discuss their personal thoughts on Napster, how the company drastically altered the music industry, and the moral dilemma of today’s free music.
Once again, Brady asked really insightful questions.
Working to earn money to pay for music. Same! Music and shows. I remember, too, heading to the local record store on Tuesdays, even ditching school to pick up some album we couldn’t wait to hear. I loved our local record store. We hung out there a lot. That was one of our destinations when we ditched (the cops patrolled the beaches during school hours).
I totally agree with you that the record industry made a huge mistake when they dug in their heels hanging onto the old model and refused to even contemplate doing something different. I blame them for what happened, not Napster. The record industry had the resources to use the new technology and create a service that would have benefited their artists. Now it’s too late.
Metallica didn’t lose me as a fan with the Napster controversy…that ship had already sailed! I had been a huge fan back in the 80’s (Master of Puppets spent months as the only tape in my Walkman in 1986), but I didn’t like their 90’s sound as much. I found it overproduced. The last Metallica album I bought was Load. When I listen to them now it’s all Master of Puppets or older stuff. The first time I saw them live was in 1986 with Cliff Burton, like two months before he died. I’m so fortunate to have seen him!
Yep. Same! I’m not a Bob Rock hater but I rarely listen to anything after And Justice. I will admit to being one of the few to like St. Anger. And yes, even Lars’s snare is cool to me 🙂