Napster 2.0 Launches with Partners
The cat with headphones logo is making a comeback with the launch of the new NAPSTER, version 2.0. Now owned by Roxio and supported by content agreements with the five major record labels and several independents, NAPSTER announced that it will officially launch its online music service to the public on October 29. In addition to a review of the new service, Roxio announced partnerships and plans with several other companies, including Samsung, Microsoft and Gateway.
The new NAPSTER offers $.99 downloads per song from a library of over 500,000 songs. Entire albums can be downloaded for $9.95. The software allows easy burning to CD or tracks can be stored on users hard drives or moved to any portable audio player. In addition to music searches by artist, title or genre, NAPSTER 2.0 allows users to search 4 decades worth of Billboard hits, create personal playlists, listed to free 30 second clips of songs access artist and album information and integrate their existing MP3 collection into their NAPSTER playlists.
A premium service of $9.95 per month provides users unlimited music downloads and music streaming,access to Internet radio stations, message boards, the ability to e-mail music clips to other users and browse other members' music collections.