There has been no progress in client software for the last seven years: Mosaic defined the Web feature set in 1993, and since then there has only been more fancy page layouts, no better user interfaces.
This sorry picture is finally changing. Several recent software products have introduced specialized applications with better user interfaces for special-purpose use. And there is even a new browser out with improved user control.
Napster: N-to-N Interaction
Napster is usually seen as yet another nail in the coffin of the legacy media industry. It is certainly a good example of the need to start charging micropayments for content and eliminating copy-protection.
More important, however, Napster is...