Vote: Napster vs iTunes
It’s music download sites this week for the Wall of Fame, and as fights go they don’t get much more heavyweight than this. It’s Napster versus iTunes. But which should be bestowed with the greatest accolade of all… entrance to the Wall of Fame.
In the red corner: Napster. A bit of a rebel it shook the music industry to its core and changed the way we thought about music for ever. Devised by an 18-year-old college student, Napster launched in 1999. It combined a music search function with a file-sharing system, which effectively meant you had access to all the music on all the hard drives of computers connected to Napster. It was bit dodgy, infringing on copyright law, and the music industry had it shut down in 2001. But Napster lives on in an online music store, and it’s the legacy of the original site that makes it so great.
In the blue corner: iTunes! Proclaiming to be the daddy of online music, iTunes is like having a massive music and video warehouse in your bedroom. It originally launched in 2001 as a digital music player before it converted to an online store. It makes transferring music to your iPod easy as! And it’s this simplicity that’s led to its dominance of the online music world with over four billion songs sold!
So, who’s the music maestro? Who’s the Beethoven of online music stores? And who’s the music mooch? The Victoria Beckham of song shops? Find out Jon’s verdict here. Disagree with Judge Jon? Have your say in the poll below…