Trivia

Hard

What Catapulted The MP3 Into Popular Use?

Usenet
Broadband Internet
Napster
IRC

Answer: Napster

MP3, the now ubiquitous music format, took a halting twelve year journey from its invention to widespread adoption. Invented in 1987, the compressed music format didn’t see much use outside of highly computer-literate circles for most of the 1990s. Very small groups of music enthusiasts in IRC chat channels and Usenet music groups swapped tracks they had either personally ripped or collected, but the total volume of music trading and MP3 distribution was low.

All of that changed with the 1999 introduction of music sharing service Napster. Napster was a peer-to-peer file sharing service that made it extremely easy to share your entire music collection and, in turn, browse the huge database of music being shared by millions of other users. At the peak of its popularity in early 2001 Napster had roughly 25 million users sharing 80 million tracks.

While the service was wildly popular among file traders it was particularly unpopular among record companies and college IT departments. The former successfully campaigned to shut the service down in light of the rampant copyright infringement and the latter did their best block the service on campuses–Napster-driven file trading routinely consumed over half the available bandwidth on college campuses. Napster was active from June of 1999 until July of 2001 and, legality of the venture aside, was pivotal in ushering the age of digital music.

Trivia

Hard

Cheap Cardboard Records Used As Promotional Tools Throughout The 20th Century Were Known As?

Trivia

Hard

The Longest Suspension Bridge In The World Is Located In?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Text Message About?

Trivia

Hard

When You Repeat A Word So Much It Loses Meaning You Experience?

Trivia

Hard

Besides Humans, The Only Other Animal With A Chin Is The?

Trivia

Easy

Which U.S. Government Agency’s Outstanding Bill Was Paid By Radio Listeners In 2009?

Trivia

Hard

The Skinny Tie Entered American Culture As A Result Of?

Trivia

Hard

The 1904 Olympic Gold Medal Winner In Marathon Running Won With Help From?

Trivia

Hard

The First U.S. National Park Was?