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Napster History: Year 1

Who are the founders of Napster?

Napster was founded by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker.

When did design and development efforts start at Napster?

Napster started its first design and development efforts in November 1998.

When was the Napster domain name purchased?

Napster purchased its domain name in February 1999.

When was Napster incorporated?

Napster was incorporated in May 1999.

When was Napster launched?

Napster was launched in June 1999.

How much venture capital was raised by Napster?

Napster raised $15 million USD in three rounds of funding.

When did Napster file for bankruptcy?

Napster filed for bankruptcy in June 2002.

When was Napster acquired?

Napster was acquired at a bankruptcy auction in November 2002 by Roxio.

Where was Napster headquartered?

Napster was headquartered in Seattle (US).

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What happened during the year 1 of Napster?


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What was the version 1 of Napster like?

JUN 1999

What are some of the pre-bankrupcy and sale stats for Napster?

1998 to 2001


What are some of the extra materials about Napster?

No. C 99-05183 MHP.pdf

2001 MAR court order

2013 JUN 'Downloaded' documentary

2014 DEC 'Culture of Free' documentary

2021 JAN 'An App Called Napster' Part 1

2021 JAN 'An App Called Napster' Part 2

2021 JAN 'An App Called Napster' Part 3