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Downloaded (2013)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
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"Downloaded" focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music industry including: The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman, Don Ienner, former record producer



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As you watch the film, you'll be amazed how the world of the Internet turns the recent into the ancient: In a matter of only a few years, a world-changing digital event like Napster has become so last century.

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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I found myself asking, "And so why am I being retold this hoary tale?"

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As iffy as the coulda-been premise is, "Downloaded" is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls ...

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Winter can't get his arms around his material. He seems reluctant to pare anything, and his talking techie heads - Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, along with a host of others - often make the same points, one after another.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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An independent Napster may be gone, but its impact reverberates, not least in the continuing threat to intellectual property.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Director Alex Winter tracks the evolution of our tunes, and current glimpses of Fanning, especially, show how small revolutions can have larger, often disturbing, soundwaves.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Downloaded provides a robustly engaging overview of Napster's renegade birth and premature death rattle.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
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Has a sharp pace that burns through the years, but there isn't much here that's new, with revelations minimal at best. Fanning continues to be a question mark.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source:

Downloaded often misses bigger picture viewpoints, and mostly sticks with the standard narrative about Napster we all know (though with a bit more behind-the-scenes detail).

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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Well-made and provides a largely accurate overview of this crucial chapter in the history of both music and technology.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell

Compelling, provocative and well-edited.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Audience Reviews for Downloaded

Here's a documentary by Alex Winter(yeah, Bill from "Bill and Ted) about the rise and fall of Napster. I'll never forget the first time I used Napster, and how it was mind-blowing to have every song you could ever want to listen to a click away. You get a good account from the people that were there, who made it and the battles they fought over it. It's very informative, but it does feel a little rushed at times. I remember seeing all the news footage from when it went on. It covers the whole Metallica thing, and how Napster eventually died off. Very interesting stuff. Also, I had no idea Sean Parker was also involved in Spotify. The guy helped start Napster, Facebook, and Spotify. That's insane. After watching it, it really made me think about how Napster honestly changed the world and the way we consume entertainment. Good movie that everyone who enjoys music on the interest should check out, especially if you don't know anything about Napster or it's impact.
July 11, 2013
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