Shawn Fanning

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Birthday
22, 1980
Birthplace
Brockton, MA
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1980 (age 38)
Birthplace
Brockton, MA

About

Internet entrepreneur who brought the mp3 into wide use with Napster, one of the earliest peer-to-peer or P2P file-sharing platforms.

Before Fame

He created his file-sharing program Napster while studying at Northeastern University. Napster's popularity earned him the cover of the October 2, 2000, issue of Time magazine.

Trivia

He started Snocap in 2003 in an effort to legitimize his forays into digital media.

Family Life

He spent a good part of his youth with his uncle, who ran the site Chess.net.

Associated With

He was hated by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, so of course Fanning had to show up to an MTV award show wearing a Metallica T-shirt.