Napster shut down their service because of maintenance work earlier this week and their system is still down. Company says that the reason of the offline time is with their song recognition database that contains information and fingerprints of appx. 800,000 songs that record companies have supplied to company in order to screen those files from the service.
Napster's traffic has dropped to appx. 0,5% of what it was in its peak in February 2001, average user now sharing less than 2 files.