Once upon a time, there was a land where everything was free and sweet. There were singers singing, movies rolling and we could get all running to your doorsteps, all you have to do was sound a ‘click’. Yes, the net was this cozy back at that time. You could discover new music, send to your friends, download for free, search for unlimited free things, and didn’t have to pay anything (other than the rent of your internet connection). But things started to change, and now you might even get to jails and pay millions of dollars just for thinking about those ‘former’ opportunities. Here are the five coolest sites we miss from that era. https://hindinetfly.com/
The Original Napster
Sharing was fun back those days. Using Napster we could share our files with other users, and mostly the software was used for sharing music. Music was a lot more fun at those times as one could share his/her own music and keep discovering new music all the time.
But as said, happiness does not last long. Soon RIAA forced the Napster to close down, and made us learn that sharing without owning the copyright is illegal. The current Napster is nowhere close to the former one, and we sure do miss the original site.
Mp3.com was a site where new and lesser known bands could share their creations music and communicate with a community full of people welcoming new music and other bands like themselves. The site was completely legal, and users could download their favourite music at no cost, and completely legally. But soon things started going wrong when they launched my.mp3.com, where users could upload albums they legally own to be shared. This was also quite legal (arguably), but as sweet things don’t last long, the record companies sued them and managed to win, forcing them to pay a massive fine of 200 million dollars!!
Later, the site was sold a couple of times, and CNet bought the domain finally. They started a completely new site meant for online music sales, and did not even care for the old user base. However, Trusonic came in and used the user base to run another online project, the GarageBand, which is quite a popular site currently (promotes new bands). However, many other sites have continued to serve the former purpose of mp3.com, but none of them matched the hype mp3.com had started
SingingFish was an audio video search engine, mainly popular because of its usefulness to find very rare tracks. But later AOL acquired the site, and did nothing. They used some of its feature on their own site, and let the site die out.
Fonpods offered free podcast listening over phone, which, the telecommunication industry claimed to cost them millions of dollars. Eventually, they forced the site to shut down. Same reason they went after allfreecalls.net ad similar sites.
OLGA, Online Guitar Archive used to have every guitar tablature you could fetch for. This was relatively harmless, but still, the copyright owners managed to close them down. Ours is a great loss since we have lost this “Tablature Bible”, but overall, this did no overall profit for the copyright owners since guitar tablatures are quite easy to find, though scattered in a lot of smaller sites. Some people never want to see you happy 🙁