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Despite looming Napster death, Riscster now supports OpenNap

By Chris Williams. Published: 6th Mar 19:08:37 | Permalink | Printable

Today on the Riscter mailing list, author Rob Dimond explained how the RISC OS naspter client will support the OpenNap servers. With the closure of the music swapping server imminent, Napster users are turning to OpenNap to continue the trading of MP3 files.

"You can use one of the many OpenNap servers which are listed at www.napigator.com" Rob explains in his posting. "OpenNap is designed to be compatible with Napster (there may be some small differences due to Napster constantly updating its protocol). Riscster itself implements a subset of this OpenNap specification (available from opennap.sourceforge.net).
"In a Nutshell... Riscster will work after Napster has been shut down, although you will need to manually enter the name of an OpenNap server port and hostname/IP. It is possible to enable the depreciated (by Napster) resume function on the OpenNap server, although I don't which (if any) OpenNap admins have done this. I could ressurect resuming in Riscster if somebody wants to trawl the OpenNap network to find one that supports resuming.
"Anyway, it is likely that if Napster closes, future versions of Riscster will 'default' to OpenNap in the same way that current versions default to Napster."

The latest version of Riscster (1.17Beta2) is available from the Riscster website and includes the very latest source code. According to Rob, anyone particularly interested in OpenNap should consider joining the napdev mailing list from the opennap.sourceforge.net website. The authors of the opennap server, together with most opennap server admins and free Napster client authors read and post to this list.

Riscster mailing list news
Riscster website: www.riscster.iconbar.com
Riscster 1.17Beta2: riscster.iconbar.com/downloads/

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