Napster Hack Turns Song Rentals into Free Downloads

By Jon Newton 2/15/05

Finally! A use for Napster II!

“In my daily trolling of the world wide web this morning I ran across a very interesting blog entry,” writes JiMiThInG on P2Pforums.

“This blog contains detailed instructions of a new free Napster music give away, only this time Napster doesn't know about it. With a few easy tricks one can turn Napsters fourteen day free trial into 20,160 minutes of free music, otherwise known as 252 80 minute CD-R's.”

Jon Newton

So how does free-Napster work?

“First download and install Napster. (Wow never thought we would be doing that again, eh?) Second fire up Winamp. Then download and install a winamp plug in called Output Stacker. Next, Open Winamp Options->Plug-ins->Output->Dietmar's Output Stacker->Configure

Add out_ds.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
Add out_disk.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
Select out_disk.dll in the Output Stacker->Configure
Set the output directory and output file mode to Force WAV file
Exit preferences

“Finally, download the Napster WMA's, and press play. As winamp plays each file it will be converted into a .wav file. If you don't know how to burn that into a standard music CD, unplug your PC and call AOL customer support right away.

“It seems as if the industry may have finally found a way to attract some die hard P2P fans to one of their pay services.

“Granted I don't see or stay lasting any longer then 14 days, and if we try this at all it will be for the novelty as much as anything. P2PForums would like to thank warlock171 from for discovering this interesting little hack’.”

Nice one, JiMiThInG ; )

Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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