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Downloaded (2013)



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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

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (7)

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.

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

Full Review… | July 4, 2013
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 ...

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Downloaded

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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 Marie
Nicki Marie

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super intresting, you see how much napster has effected the world and still is today. A little BS from the Napster creators about what it was created for. It does slant toward Napter a bit but still so much good info and perspectives.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

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