Stream it now: Napster doc 'Downloaded'
05:00 AM, Sep 16, 2013
Back in June I wrote about Downloaded, the documentary about file-sharing site Napster. Directed by Alex Winter, the film takes a look back at the firestorm created within the music industry after it got wind that gasp! some people were getting their music for free on the Internet rather than paying $16 for CDs.
The movie has been available on demand for a few months, but now we can stream it for free via AOL and VH1 Rock Docs. I highly recommend it; Henry Rollins, Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are among the figures Winter talks to about the situation, which now seems like ancient history.
Here’s the trailer again:
Downloaded is full of now-amusing nuggets. In the first 10 minutes alone, you’ll laugh as you see Sheryl Crow call Napster “evil, evil, evil!” and witness Today show personalities struggle to understand what the word “Internet” means.
If streaming isn’t your bag, Downloaded is also available to rent/purchase via iTunes, Amazon, PlayStation, Xbox, FilmBuff and other platforms.