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In the global recorded music industry had experienced a period of growth that had lasted for almost a quarter of a century. Approximately one billion records were sold worldwide in , and by the end of the century, the number of records sold was more than three times as high. At the end of the nineties, spirits among record label executives were high and few music industry executives at this time expected that a team of teenage Internet hackers, led by Shawn Fanning at the time a student at Northeastern University in Boston would ignite the turbulent process that eventually would undermine the foundations of the industry. Shawn Fanning created and launched a file sharing service called Napster that allowed users to download and share music without compensating the recognized rights holders. Napster was fairly quickly sued by the music industry establishment and was eventually forced to shut down the service. However, a string of other, increasingly sophisticated services immediately followed suit.
Music is an art form , and cultural activity, whose medium is sound. General definitions of music include common elements such as pitch which governs melody and harmony , rhythm and its associated concepts tempo , meter , and articulation , dynamics loudness and softness , and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound. Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping ; there are solely instrumental pieces , solely vocal pieces such as songs without instrumental accompaniment and pieces that combine singing and instruments. In its most general form, the activities describing music as an art form or cultural activity include the creation of works of music songs , tunes, symphonies , and so on , the criticism of music , the study of the history of music , and the aesthetic examination of music. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music in two parts: melodies, as tones ordered horizontally, and harmonies as tones ordered vertically. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres " and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to.