Napster’s Impact on the Music Industry Documented in ‘Downloaded: The Digital Revolution’

Thirteen years ago this week, Shawn Fanning and Shawn Parker managed to turn the future of the music industry on its head when they released the revolutionary file-sharing service, Napster. Filmmaker Alex Winter has created a documentary telling the story of Fanning and Parker’s showdown with the Recording Industry Association of America. Featuring interviews with the infamous pair along with various members of the music industry, this documentary not only focuses on how Napster changed the music landscape, but also the failures of record companies in keeping up with peer-to-peer sharing by fighting the concept instead of embracing it. As yet there is no firm release date for the documentary but in the meantime, watch the trailer above.