Sunday, June 04, 2000

What you need




        Here's what you need to collect music on Napster.

        • A PC with an Internet connection and MP3 player (which you can download for free at a number of sites, including www.free-mp3-player.com; www.free-mp3-tools.com).

        • A portable MP3 player, a device that combines the storage capabilities of a hard disk drive with the functions of a Walkman.

        This is necessary if you want to hear your MP3 files without carrying your PC around with you. It has other functions as well. Prices range from $150 for a basic model to about $300 for maximum storage capability and various bells and whistles.

        Shop around. Of course, some of the best bargains can be found on the Internet.

        You got the gear, now what?

        • Sign on to your Internet server and go to www.napster.com. Download the free Napster software. Membership is also free.

        • Use the software and sign on to Napster, where you'll get a prompt that enables you to search for songs or specific artists.

        • When you find the song or songs you want, just point and click, the song downloads into your computer's hard drive as an MP3 file.

        • Be careful what you download. Just because that Metallica song is on another Napster member's songlist doesn't mean it's legal for you to download it.

Name that tune - Napster's got it
    Metallica-Napster flap is like a broken record
    My introduction to Napster
    Napster's busy year
-     What you need



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