Napster. Piracy. Shawn Fanning. File sharing. These were some of the buzziest names and phrases around when it came to the new and exciting way to deliver music to the masses during the dawn of the Internet, which is the focus of VH1’s latest Rock Doc, Downloaded.
The new film, which premieres on VH1 later this spring, chronicles the way that Napster “changed everything,” from the way we get our music, to record labels, to the way that artists and fans interact. It might seem like old hat now (as you read this on your tablet while simultaneously checking your iTunes for new releases), but for one moment in time, this was the music revolution.