All the Rave

  • by Joseph Menn
  • Narrated by John Rubinstein
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 formats.
Author and veteran technology journalist Joseph Menn also wrote 2010's Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords who are Bringing Down the Internet.
As an added bonus, this audiobook includes a special interview with the author, conducted by Susie Bright.

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What the Critics Say

"The book, by Joseph Menn, provides a well-documented history of one of the most celebrated collapses of the Internet. But it goes far deeper, giving an inside account of the creation of Napster, the battle for its control and the maneuvering by big Silicon Valley names to try to turn music piracy into gold." (The New York Times)
"That rare business book that nicely avoids either hatchet job or hagiography." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"An admirable piece of reporting, of interest to both friends and foes of the movement Napster helped to create." (The Washington Post)

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The Far-reaching Karma of Napster

Shawn Fanning and Napster overthrew the music industry—and if you don't think you're still reeling from that revolution, sit down and prepare to have your mind blown.

Fanning never went away. His legend in IT and the transformation of intellectual property on the Internet is something we take for granted now— but its origins are something out of a down and dirty mystery novel.

This is Joseph Menn's meticulous investigation of how Shawn unearthed the firmament— the eye-opening reveals are incredible. The tale of Fanning's shady uncle pushes the story into a true-crime investigation.

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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""

Digital Ponzi Scheme

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 here.

They pretty much destroy themselves. The company just sounded shady from the start.

Even after the death of Napster, any savvy user could easily find these files elsewhere.

Thank you Napster for bringing the technology of "sharing" to the Internet.
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- Tim "I read nothing that is popular."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios