Visits since February 21st 2000
Last updated: June 23rd 2003
Napster is an MP3 sharing community using a special client that features
things like chatting, searching, downloading, notify lists, etc. If you
want to read more about Napster in general, go to http://www.napster.com.
Here you can also download the official Windows version of the client.
Amster is an Open Source MUI based almost full-featured Napster client for AmigaOS.
Current features include:
The Amster project was started by Gürer Özen, going public in December
1999 with first release version, 0.1. After the 0.3 release
Jacob Laursen joined the project and continued development together
with Gürer. Since the release of Amster version 0.5, the project - including
these webpages - has been maintained by Jacob Laursen.
- Multithreaded downloads with priority and queue settings.
- File sharing (upload) with drag'n'drop support and more.
- Private messaging and multichatting (with channel list window).
- Advanced search with column list sorting.
- External MP3 player spawning; play the music while you download it!
- Navigator to connect to favourite servers (choose from list).
- Hotlist with online/offline notification and browse facility.
- Separate window for each task, and optional icon panel.
- ARexx port for scripting.
- Locale support - the world's first Napster client in 19 languages.
- Help bubbles and AmigaGuide® chapter lookup.
- 07-Oct-02: A script to parse the new Napigator server list format is
now available. Get it
- 12-Nov-01: Just a quick note: Amster is not vulnerable to the recently announced MUI exploit.
- 01-Apr-01: Quick fix for Locale bug in V0.8a available. The version didn't change, just download the 0.8a main archive again.
- 28-Mar-01: Amster 0.8a released - minor version to fix sharing problem.
- 14-Mar-01: The Amster sources are now living on SourceForge. Interested developers can apply for CVS access.
- 29-Nov-00: Amster v0.8 for MorphOS is now available. Thanks to Gürer Özen for porting it.
- 12-Nov-00: Portuguese translation updated. A translated guide is now also available.
- 07-Nov-00: Locale archive updated: Polish translation is now available.
- 29-Oct-00: Amster v0.8 released.
- 13-Oct-00: Updated most screenshots to reflect the current features.
- Q: I can't find the same MP3's after reconnecting?
A: Napster has many MP3 servers, and they're not linked together. If you
enable "Cache servers" in the configuration (Options/Server list), you
can find the same server using the navigator window (from the Amster
- Q: Why do my own shared files not appear in the search results?
A: They are filtered out by the server. If you want to check if your
library really have been uploaded, you can browse your own files
- just enter your username in the Hotlist window and press 'Browse'.
- Q: I can't download my own shared files - Amster says we're both firewalled?
A: Amster users can't download from Amster users. The reason is that Amster currently only implements two out of the four transfer methods. So for now Amster can't download from/upload to other users that are behind firewall (including Amster users).
- Q: I often get "No files found" when browsing a user's files, even though I know he's sharing songs. How come?
A: The user is probably on another server than you. Napster currently do not link all their servers - there's nothing to do about this.
- Q: Amster exits with "cannot create mui app!" message.
A: Check your MUI installation and make sure you have a reasonable amount of
- Q: When creating my own account and logging in for the first time,
I get "Invalid password" from server.
A: Username is already taken - try another.
- Q: When starting Amster, I get the error "Failed to open main window!".
A: If you're running a very low resolution, this may be the problem.
Solution: Increase the screen size. When you've done that you can save
some space by disabling the icon panel (from the Settings menu).
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Napster is a trademark of Napster, Inc.
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