The recent Napster decision by a federal court may affect Imperial County residents more than many people around the nation.
The federal panel ruled Napster would be held liable whenever its software is used to swap music online. That likely will mean the end of Napster.
Because we are in a relatively isolated area and have music stores with relatively small stocks — although the stores do a good job of special ordering for customers — music aficionados of all sorts don't have the immediate access to a large selection of music that they would have in more metropolitan areas.
And there are plenty of music fanatics here. Many in recent years came to rely on Napster, from which computer users could record musical tracks from thousands and thousands of musicians and groups and do so at no cost. They could hear the new and old offerings of their favorite artists, they could hear the music of thousands of other people and groups. It was a huge feast for music fanatics.