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"Life. I wonder..."

Good morning.
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Is nas in the top ten off all time i would put that album in top 25 off all time 
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RIP G+.
 
Google+ chief: Big changes are ahead

Change is good. :)

Horowitz explained he's currently in charge of Streams, Photos and Sharing at Google, and that Google+, as a service is being completely rethought. He also said there has been a "renaissance" of thinking behind the product and that it would be changing considerably in the coming months.
Google+ isn't going anywhere, but it's going through big changes.
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I've heard this song countless times over the years and it STILL gives me chills. That WOOSH before you're hit with that guitar loop and deep bass? BRUH. Legendary. Read on. 
"You gots to chill, cuz I'm strictly business..."
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Soundtrack. 
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The narrative of Mr. Nash’s brilliant rise, the lost years of severe mental illness, and the eventual awarding of a Nobel Prize captured the public mind.
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Great story and movie.
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Wow. Now here's one piece of music I've been meaning to talk about for YEARS. Feels good to FINALLY put down some words about this one, one of my all-time favorite albums, an incredibly unique and fun listen. Read on. 
I don't care if they never put out another record, The Avalanches left us with an amazing listen here.
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JUST IN: Ray Rice is ISIS.
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Oh man, these were the days. 

Well, the days of waiting 30 minutes to download a 5mb song, spending more time than necessary to get WinAmp looking just right, and later, after getting a CD burner, making the perfect mix.

Then Napster got shut down in '01 and it was on to Imeem, Morpheus, Kazaa, AudioGalaxy, WinMX...
Brad Acker originally shared to HISTORY-TECH:
 
Today in History: Napster was launched, 1999
On June 1, 1999 — 16 years ago today — the music file-sharing service, Napster, was officially launched. Recording industry absolute control over distribution of music would never be the same again. A revolution had been sparked — allowing users to access the music they wanted to listen to when they wanted to listen to it, at the lowest possible cost.

The co-founders of Napster, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker had met over the Internet when Fanning was 14 years old and Parker was 15. Just 2 years later, they wrote the Napster software and shared it with other Internet users. To begin an official business on this day in 1999, Parker raised the initial $50,000, because he was older (haha). By June, 2000, Napster had grown from tens of thousands of users in the late 1990s to tens of millions of users — one of the fastest growing businesses in history. 

The service was used primarily by college students who had access to high-speed Internet connections. For home users, the typical download speeds in 1999-2000 required about 10 minutes of time just to download one song. Music industry lawyers began to sue individual users for stealing songs; the band Metallica brought its own suit against Napster for taking away the artist’s choice to control how music would be distributed. Courts ultimately forced Napster to shut down its file-sharing business, but its about 60-million user base, computing assets (essentially servers), and brand name were sold to Roxio in 2003. Best Buy acquired whatever was the core of Napster in September, 2008, and Rhapsody acquired the brand Napster and its remaining assets from Best Buy in late 2011.

Apple and Steve Jobs recognized the opportunity that Napster had surfaced — people want to listen to music they want, when they want it. Jobs worked with recording companies and developed a user paying model for music access, one in which a user only had to pay about $1 to own one song. That model became the dominant music distribution model for about a decade; now the model is changing to one in which consumers stream the music they want whenever they want it and either pay for it through a subscription (generally about $10 per month) or through an advertising based service (the old radio music monetization models).

YouTube videos:
•Napster Documentary: Culture of Free by the New York Times (12:28). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKrdsGdLVQ8
•Dave Grohl Great Speech on Music Downloading and Napster (year 2001; 02:09). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy45qY9c49k
•Lars Ulrich: “Napster f*cked with us, we f*ck with them” by Huffington Post Live (length 04:26). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r6wn47_Vqs

Web sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napster
http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_33/b3694003.htm
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/06/15-years-after-napster-how-the-music-service-changed-the-industry.html
https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6106395/napster-would-be-15-a-timeline-of-digital-disruption
http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,101597,00.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawn_Fanning
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Parker

Book sources:
All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning’s Napster by Joseph Menn. http://amzn.to/1SKVlNR
Appetite for Self Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age by Steve Knopper. http://amzn.to/1EKGOHd
Sonic Boom: Napster, MP3, and the New Pioneers of Music by John Alderman. http://amzn.to/1FVnBaV

Image credits (top to bottom, left to right):
•Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, around year 2000 (frame from Downloaded). 
•Chart showing possible effect of Napster on music industry album sales. http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2012/05/24/3510494.htm
•10 years of iTunes growth (in millions of songs downloaded). http://everystevejobsvideo.com/itunes-music-store-introduction-apple-special-event-2003/
•Recorded music sales by Total, Physical, Digital from 2001 to 2012. http://musicmlan.blogspot.com/2012/09/recorded-music-sales-actual-and-forecast.html
•Proportion of Total U.S. Music Industry Revenues from Streaming (2009 to 2014). Source: RIAA. http://www.chinesedishes.tk/archives/19277

#history #history-tech #music #digitalmusic #Napster
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Something for Throwback Thursday, this album still bangs. Classic record and I wrote a bit about the title track. Read on. 
"You gots to chill, cuz I'm strictly business..."
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Me tho
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LAWL
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Hey, Nature. What you did today? Do more of it. 

And +Google+, knock it off with the resizing of the mobile pics. 

Best run ever today, though. 
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I just had a long chat about race in America with a drunken Englishman who works for the World Bank. I love this town. 
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I just want to know what happens at the American Tap Room , so many things are going through my mind right now. HAHA!
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I'm here to meet people, share and learn things, and avoid doing work. Yup.

Currently I serve as Senior Writer for KevinNottingham, one of the finest Hip-Hop music sites out there, and my own blog The Wildebeest, formerly Emaciated Wildebeest, where I talk even more about music. 

Have a demented sense of humor and an over-active imagination? We'll get along fine. 
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Killed a bear with my bare hands. Survived the Great Beer Drought of Aught-Seven. Navigated mysterious Mayan ruins in Central America (all Indiana Jones like!). First generation Canuck of a Jamaican family who now lives in America (why?)
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