IMDB rating: 6,7
Duration: 106 min.
Available resolutions: 1080p (3.6 GB), 720p (1.5 GB), 576p (594 MB)
Director: Alex Winter
With iTunes recently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the thought of doing anything other than clicking a mouse to download and play your music seems downright prehistoric. How quickly we forget that a little over a decade ago we were still carrying around bulky Discmans and sharing music via mix-CDs. “Downloaded” explores the origins of the mp3 revolution, focusing on digital pioneer and pariah Napster and its founders, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker.
The film is directed by Alex Winter (better known as Bill S. Preston, Esq.), the former “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” metal head, who has helmed an engaging and eye-opening look into the rise and fall of music’s most notorious and misunderstood musical pirates. Alex strips away the (mostly negative) legend of the duo and reveals a very American rags to riches (and back to rags) story of two talented wunderkinds and their dial-up version of Frankenstein’s monster.
“Downloaded” paints an illuminating and sympathetic picture of the David and Goliath-like battle between the record labels and the new generation of music lovers. Napster’s influence over the digital distribution platform is a subject that’s dear to our hearts – it forever altered the way consumers acquired and interacted with content and had far reaching effects on not only the music industry, but also all media including television and film. Napster sparked a digital revolution that changed the media landscape, and we are products of that shift. You won’t be able to get that long-forgotten dial-up modem sound out of your heads once you see this. (If you don’t know what we’re talking about, go ask your older brother or sister right now.)