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News is launched lists those people sharing their iTunes 4 library on the Internet. Simply sign-up at their website to be included in the 180+ sharers. Categories for each listed user includes; iTunes Share Name, iTunes Share Owner, Genres, Comments, Status and duration. We asked Richard Yaker, the owner of the website what prompted him to start such a website…

“We started playing with sharing. He [Richard’s partner and friend, Christian Bevacqua] is a musician, former Bass player for the now defunct Ditch Croaker and thought the easy access to so much music without scouring the net was amazing.  I had an album he was thinking of buying and being able to play it helped.

We thought a directory of sharing addresses would be great and better than people just sending them to people or putting them on forums. Databases are our expertise so making a database, and having the directory be sortable, and searchable was where we went right away. The search feature will be added soon now that our list is growing.”

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This is a feature built into iTunes4? Isn’t sharing one’s music techinically ILLEGAL, and isn’t this what Napster got shut down for?

Somebody enlighten me, please :)

Posted by Raven001 in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 7:27 PM (CDT)


problem with Napster is that you could download the music. this is just a stream, like listening to internet radio.

i would think legaly it would be the same as going over to a buddies house and listening to there CD collecton, no harm, no fowl, nobody making money off of it

Posted by dean0 in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 7:44 PM (CDT)


Thanks for the announcememt. Our parents taught us well, sharing is a good thing.  Come by and add your Share.

Posted by Richard Yaker in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 7:44 PM (CDT)


Napster was about actually copying music, this is about playing music off of someone else’s computer.  Since stealing is not occuring this should be fine, and if its not, its really Apple’s issue not ours, all we did at is put up a site where people can list their address to their iTunes hosted music collections, we didn’t actually write the software that allows the sharing Apple did.  Also if you actually buy digital downloads from apple, those songs are protected by Digital Rights Management and will not let you share them without a password.  Does that clarify it for you. You can’t burn music you are sharing from someone else’s share, you can’t load it on your ipod, you can only listen to it via iTunes while you are both connected.

Posted by Richard Yaker in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 7:52 PM (CDT)


I’d still be careful if I were you. IIRC, the college students that the RIAA sued didn’t actually write any sharing software either, just a search engine/indexer for the normal old windows network file sharing.

Posted by Eon in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 8:40 PM (CDT)


Their site allowed people to copy other people’s music. There is no copying going on here. But thanks for the concern.

Posted by Richard Yaker in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 9:03 PM (CDT)


We are not encouraging copying in anyway. Our vision of sharing is apple’s version of sharing, where 3-5 people can experience your music collection at any one time. No copying of shared music, no burning of shared music, no putting shared music on your ipod.

Posted by Richard Yaker in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 9:09 PM (CDT)


One thing of interest, though, is that when you enable sharing in iTunes it warns you that sharing is “for personal use only.”  Okay, but what does this mean?  Does it mean I can only share with myself?  Or does it mean I can’t share on behalf of a corporation?  Or charge to hear my music?  They aren’t making their intentions very clear.

But with that said ... I think this whole thing is a WONDERFUL idea.  What better way to preview entire albums, without lengthy download times and without the issue of stealing MP3s ... all we need now is a way to search other people’s libraries without having to first connect to their shares one by one.

Posted by Dave in Irvine, CA on May 7, 2003 at 9:10 PM (CDT)


No offense or anything, but please get a better design for that webpage. I closed it as soon as I opened it.

Posted by kainjow in Irvine, CA on May 8, 2003 at 6:24 AM (CDT)


Keeps rebuffering Stream every 10 seconds. Ive got a very fast connection too.

Posted by Chris Gilliver in Irvine, CA on May 8, 2003 at 8:21 AM (CDT)


hmmm, The only thing is with the whole sharing feature, someone could say just download a live audio stream recorder then just clikc the record button while playing these shared files then save them and there you go a song without paying 99c =o , but thats naughty ;)

Posted by Fusen in Irvine, CA on May 8, 2003 at 10:04 AM (CDT)


There seems to be a new similar site at  Can bookmark sites and search by location and connection speeds.

Posted by Ben in Irvine, CA on May 13, 2003 at 8:08 AM (CDT)

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