Re: Napster, Gnutella: URN lookup services?

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From: Strata Rose Chalup (
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 13:54:55 PDT

To "crawl" Napster, though, all you'd have to do is use the protocol to
search on user. You could do some automated crawling to get usernames,
and then move from there.


Lucas Gonze wrote:
> Can you talk more how you want to implement this, Dave? No slam
> intended, but crawling Napster could be difficult to do in any way that
> gave good quality data.
> You'd need to find search terms to match every possible file, and connect
> to all of the servers (Napster limits you to a subnet of their total
> userbase), and find a way around the limits on number of hits the server
> will report. The last issue would be the trickiest. On the other hand,
> since Napster clients push the complete local song list up to a central
> server, Napster the company could easily compile the listing with 100%
> accuracy. ...I'd be surprized if they don't already.
> Gnutella is much easier to program. If the musical tastes of gnutella
> users aren't too different than the tastes of Napster users, that would be
> a far simpler route to take. I ran across a site that compiled a top-40
> list a few days ago; I think I got there from (I'd
> post it again right now but is so _unbefrigginly_
> slow!?!!)
> - Lucas

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