Shawn Fanning may have been aware of the value in terms of utility that his program for online file-sharing would offer, but he may not have been aware of how quickly, and extensively, the program would become popular. Napster, together with its copy-cat counterparts, would soon be used on a daily basis by millions of people around the world. Take this statement from David Kusek's The Future of Music into consideration; “File-sharing has become the most popular way for people to find out about music, with over 75 percent of the teenagers in the U.S. engaging in it." And still today this rings true; digital media file-sharing continues to be done over the internet among millions of users around the world. Here are a few startling statistics and facts: It is estimated that the number of internet file-sharing users is growing at a rate of 100 percent annually; roughly 56 percent of American teenagers download music online and believe it is acceptable although it is illegal ; and finally, approximately 12 times the number of songs sold through record stores annually are downloaded online.
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