RE: [rumori] Napster Nuggets
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 23:42:15 PDT

> on Macster you have to put your mp3s in a special folder in order to share
> them...
> so are people purposely sharing these Nuggets or is Napster/Windows
> different in that it will force you to share any mp3 on your drive?
> i ask from an artistic viewpoint since whether or not people are purposely
> making these files public alters the context of appropriation.

    On Napster you can specify specific folders to share - but when you first
run the program it gives you the option to "scan hard drive for mp3s" which
will include any mp3 on the drive in the library of shared files. So it's my
guess that these people - while they aren't being "forced" - aren't aware
that the files are being made public.

    I haven't yet tried out these "nuggets", but I have been using Napster
for awhile as a great source of raw material. I recommend it to anyone doing
sound collage work - especially with pop music. One problem I do have is the
limited search engine. You can't get more than 100 results, and you can't
exclude words from the search. Something to work on in future updates
perhaps, but it's still a great resource.

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned here about Napster that is great for
artists is the instant message feature. It's great fun to find somebody who
has your music on their hard drive and start up a conversation with them
about where they got it, what else is available, etc..

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