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All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  148 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
At age seventeen, Shawn Fanning designed a computer program that transformed the Internet into an unlimited library of free music. Tens of millions of young people quickly signed on, Time magazine put Fanning on its cover, and his company, Napster, became a household name. It did not take long for the music industry to declare war, one that has now engulfed the biggest ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 8th 2003 by Crown Business (first published 2003)
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Nathaniel James
May 17, 2014 Nathaniel James rated it it was amazing
Remember Napster? I think just about anyone who wasn’t in diapers or a wheelchair at the turn of the millennium would be lying if they said they didn’t. I certainly do. And like most twenty-somehtings with a passion for music at the time, I was more or less oblivious (can you say: statute of limitations?) to the circumstances of the age.

In many ways this is also the story of the internet mania that ground to an unceremonious halt in 2001, an era defined by mismanagement, easy investor money and
Napster is fascinating. The beginning of this book is also fascinating, and it sets up a story that seems like its going to be really good. There are a bunch of young kids doing something neat that is clearly going to get them in a lot of trouble, a conniving older relative dead set on strip mining their idea for financial gain, and a long cast of ne'er do wells and incompetents jumping on the bandwagon. It sets up Silicon Valley during the 1990s bubble very convincingly and compellingly. Then ...more
Sep 28, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it
Shelves: music
A good account of the whole Napster phenomenon from the inside. A good read that deserves a place on the shelf beside The Accidental Billionaires.
Joseph Menn
Jun 07, 2011 Joseph Menn rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The definitive inside account of the file-sharing revolution that overthrew the music industry, "All the Rave" reveals the family betrayal, greed and mismanagement that hijacked one the most fundamental innovations of the Internet era.

Named one of the three best books of 2003 by Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., "All the Rave" has been out of print until now and unavailable in most electronic formats.

Author and veteran technology journalist Joseph Menn also wrote 2010's "Fatal System Err
Aug 14, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Altough I am deeply engrossed in the subject and have a fair amounth of prior knowledge in the matters of intellectual property, this book had a hard time engaging me. At points its narrative got confusing, and I lost sight of what certain players where doing at pivotal moments. Shawn Fanning's story melds with the story of his several business partners, which wouldn't be so bad if the title didn't spell out so clearly that the biography is as much about Napters as it is about Shawn himself. ...more
Tim Jin
Dec 06, 2013 Tim Jin rated it liked it
After reading about Napster and Shawn Fanning, the company seem like a digital Ponzi scheme. I'm a child from the Napster era and "All the Rave" was a decent read, but the actual company and leadership was a big joke. Terrible management.

I don't feel bad for Shawn Fanning. He might had been a good coder, but no leadership and you never do business with family. John Fanning, his uncle, was the reason for Napster failures. Maybe if Shawn's uncle wasn't apart of the company, Napster would still be
Jun 14, 2009 Zweegas rated it liked it

Napster was of course a major revolutionary force in modern civilization, a huge cultural phenomenon that changed the world so much, but this book doesn't fully explore the cultural phenomenon aspect. Instead, this book is focused on the inside story and therefore it turns out to be more like a low-budget Barbarians At The Gate -- all about the business side of things and internal company struggles and fending off legal actions, etc.

Just the fact that anyone ever tried to run Napster as a for-pr
Feb 21, 2015 Skyler rated it really liked it
"Much of Napster's wild trajectory can be traced to that early division of power, between a young hacker who wanted to see if he could solve an interesting problem, and an uncle who recklessly aspired to riches."
Brad Hopkins
Jun 27, 2013 Brad Hopkins rated it really liked it
Greed. Greed. Greed. And crazy greed. Napster was a real game-changer so it's interesting to read about its formation and ultimate demise. Interesting to find out that the Fanning that was in charge wasn't the one we all knew and loved (admired, derided, and villified).

Good read. Would recommend.
Stephanie Evans
Jul 02, 2015 Stephanie Evans rated it liked it
Overall, it's an interesting story, but the book included more details than the average reader probably wants.
Travis Murdock
Apr 23, 2007 Travis Murdock rated it it was amazing
A good look behind the scenes of Napster. The extensive interviews with many of the founders and employees helped to document this incredible idea.
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Great behind the scenes look at why Napster closed down.
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