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Irresistible Forces


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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

1 The Birth of the Napster Phenomenon

2 The Growth of the Underground Internet

3 Big Boys Get Angry

4 The Battle Commences

5 The Voice of the People: The Fury of the Underground Internet

6 Bertelsmann (and The End of Napster As We Know It)

7 Children of Napster -
Music and Video

8 Will Online Subscription Prosper

9 Napster, File Sharing, Peer to Peer - and the Impact on the Wider Business World

10 Newcomers and Old Stagers

11 Irresistible Forces and Immovable Objects

12 Conclusions

About the Author

Trevor Merriden is a journalist specializing in the application of new technology and ideas. He has written, lectured and broadcast on a wide range of business and economic issues for media in Europe, North America and Australiasia. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Internet Business magazine.


"...the story is gripping reading, but Merriden's grasp of the wider implications is even more impressive..." (Cre@te Online, November 2001)

"..a good job of telling an interesting tale while analysing the implications apparent today..." (Electronics Times, 12 November 2001)

"..a gripping read and a fascinating account.." (M2 Communications, 6 December 2001)

"...captivating account...a fine browse." (globebooks.com, 22 October 2001)

"...detailed and enjoyable...Irresistible Forces is a soundtrack for the new world of the internet." (The Manager, January 2002)

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