Napster usage surges

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Usage of Napster software increased to 6.7 million users in August 2000, a 506.8% increase from 1.1 million users in February 2000, Internet measurement Media Metrix reported. The controversy swirling around Napster is giving the software a boost, the research consultancy said, making the music file-swapping service the fastest growing home software application, with penetration, especially among online computer users at home, rising sharply.

Copyright October 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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