Online Music Case (A): Napster Faces the Music - Starting a Revolution in the Music Business
The set of three cases Online Music (A), (B) and (C) trace the tumultuous developments in the online media sector since the commercialization of the Internet. Heralded by Napster, Internet-based sharing programs revolutionized the consumption and sharing of music in the late 1990s. Music majors struggled to respond to the technology-driven changes around them. The case series traces the responses of players such as Apple, who introduced a new model in the music business, and ends with a discussion in Case (C) on the lessons for the movie sector from the experience of the music industry.