The Social Network – the 2010 film about the creation of Facebook – includes a scene in which Napster founder Sean Parker addresses Mark Zuckerberg in a nightclub. Good-looking, well-dressed, drinking expensive cocktails, the über-confident Parker tells the under-confident, geeky, socially-inept Zuckerberg the way the land lies ahead of him. Despite his confidence, however, there’s a twinge of regret in Parker’s tone when recalling Napster’s spectacular rise and fall.
‘Napster wasn’t a failure,’ says Parker. ‘It changed music for better and for always.’
Yet he admits it ‘p*ssed a lot of people off’, which wasn’t good business. Nonetheless, it was one hell of a thing – a big, big, achievement.
‘The VCs [venture capitalists] wanted to ...