If you've been following the technology news lately you're probably familiar with Napster and the uproar it has created in the music industry. But what is sometimes overlooked is the mini-revolution in computing that the Napster model represents. Napster, a system for trading music files in a digital format known as MP3, is built around a type of computing architecture known as peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. Briefly, P2P represents a logical evolution of computing architecture toward the ...

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