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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 and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America. (c) official Facebook

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Critic Reviews for Downloaded

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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.

    Aug 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • I found myself asking, "And so why am I being retold this hoary tale?"

    Jul 4, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 ...

    Jun 27, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An independent Napster may be gone, but its impact reverberates, not least in the continuing threat to intellectual property.

    Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Downloaded

  • Sep 08, 2015
    As with Napster itself, the film feels a little dated. Technology has moved on from that time in the late 90s/early 2000s when Napster rocked an industry. It is nonetheless well polished and interesting look at how the industry changed and was forced belatedly to adapt to new customer demands.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    Mildly interesting. I do remember Napster. I wasn't a user myself, so that's why it's not overly riveting to me. I think it would be very interesting for someone who used it regularly.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 28, 2013
    Good documentary on the Napster disruption and advent of digital media story. Amazing how wrong the entertainment business played this.
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2013
    *** 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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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