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"Downloaded" focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and controversial pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended the music industry. Audiences will hear insight from well known music artists and figures within the music industry including: The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman, Don Ienner, former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As you watch the film, you'll be amazed how the world of the Internet turns the recent into the ancient: In a matter of only a few years, a world-changing digital event like Napster has become so last century."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Winter can't get his arms around his material. He seems reluctant to pare anything, and his talking techie heads - Napster founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, along with a host of others - often make the same points, one after another."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Downloaded provides a robustly engaging overview of Napster's renegade birth and premature death rattle."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Well-made and provides a largely accurate overview of this crucial chapter in the history of both music and technology."
‑ Stephen Silver, EntertainmentTell
"I found myself asking, "And so why am I being retold this hoary tale?""
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"An independent Napster may be gone, but its impact reverberates, not least in the continuing threat to intellectual property."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Has a sharp pace that burns through the years, but there isn't much here that's new, with revelations minimal at best. Fanning continues to be a question mark."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Compelling, provocative and well-edited."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"As iffy as the coulda-been premise is, "Downloaded" is still a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls ..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Director Alex Winter tracks the evolution of our tunes, and current glimpses of Fanning, especially, show how small revolutions can have larger, often disturbing, soundwaves."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Downloaded often misses bigger picture viewpoints, and mostly sticks with the standard narrative about Napster we all know (though with a bit more behind-the-scenes detail)."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
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