A few websites approximate what Napster does best: they help you find a particular song to download and keep. But while Napster searches for these songs on other users' hard drives (and only in the MP3 format), these music search engines scour the Web and look for files in many different formats. Also unlike Napster, not all the music is free; prices can range from 99¢ to $2 or more for one song.
Think of Napster as the Elvis Presley of the digital music world revolutionary, dangerous and wildly popular. But for every Elvis, there's a Frankie Valli not far behind, almost as popular but less controversial. So if you want to taste some of Napster's forbidden fruit without getting anyone all shook up, here's where to find legal downloads of digital music on the Web.