Napster, the file-sharing service that reshaped the music industry, is no more. In 2000, when the scrappy start-up was just getting off the ground, SPIN examined the company — and its charismatic founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker — in a fascinating profile that's even more engrossing a decade later. This story was originally published in SPIN's May 2000 issue. Napster, the new MP3 file-exchange program, is like a virus. No, wait — a beehive. No,wait — a field of dandelions. A big field of dandelions in a strong breeze. It's new. It'shot. It's the AOL of MP3, so easy to use that even record executives can do it. It's stillin beta! It's going to change the way you listen to music. Right? Right? Maybe. Who knows. But it's very cool. People like it so much it's getting sued.
2003 was a banner year for Fred Durst for all the wrong reasons: astring of A-list romances that may have existed only in his mind, alackluster new record, and don't even get us started on thelive shows. He may be oblivious at best and obnoxious at worst, butthe Limp Bizkit frontman has a plan -- as well as the celebrityposse and the power -- to pull it off, and that's preciselywhy he's here to stay. OnMarch 21, 2003, as the skies over Baghdad blazed like the mother of alllaser shows, Fred Durst, patriotic American, advocate of liberty, andindefatigable self-promoter, posted his thoughts about Operation IraqiFreedom at Limpbizkit.com. "We can't protest any longer," he counseled."We have to support our country now, because we are at the point of noreturn. Go USA! Go freedom for Iraq!