Napster: Going, Going, Gone…


As the beleaguered and bankrupt Napster puts its last remaining T-shirts and servers on the auction block, the short life and fast times of the legendary file-sharing service is proof that the real world–the one with lawyers, cops, and courts–can take back the night from cyberspace pretty easily.

USA Today has emerged as a surprising champion of Napster and other similar services. The paper is right to point out that the authorized online music services aren't up to snuff, though Soundbitten's Greg Beato had a sharp contrarian piece on the same deal back in August.