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The popularity wasn't based on the protocol. It was based
on the *free* content. I'd be surprised if most of the
people using Napster understood two groats about P2P. Just
like Mosaic, they understood they could install a client
for free by download, then download music and burn CDs.
Cheap CD burners and the plummeting price in CD blanks
had a lot to do with it too.
From: Paul Prescod [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I don't think that this is what Dave is saying because I don't think
anyone has been arguing that standardization is the make or break factor
for applications. So it would be attacking a strawman. I see Dave's
argument as "popularity beats rigor."