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Napster was a pioneering peer-to-peer file-sharing service launched in 1999 by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. It allowed users to share and download digital music files, primarily MP3s, over the internet. Napster quickly gained popularity among music enthusiasts due to its user-friendly interface and vast library of available songs. However, the service faced legal challenges from the music industry, which claimed that Napster facilitated copyright infringement. In 2001, Napster was shut down following a series of legal battles, but its impact on the music industry and the broader digital landscape was profound. It paved the way for subsequent online music services and sparked debates about copyright law, digital piracy, and the future of media consumption.

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