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New Napster offers $5 monthly price for streaming and five MP3 downloads

Napster was among the first of the peer-to-peer sites where music fans traded songs amongst each other and raised the ire of the RIAA and Metallica. Napster was also among the first to succumb to the legal crusade waged by the RIAA and remade itself into an unsuccessful “pay for” music site.

After more iterations and being purchased last year by Best Buy, Napster has again remade itself into something that Best Buy hopes will be successful and profitable -- the purchase of Napster cost Best Buy $121 million in cash.

The latest offering from Napster gives subscribers unlimited music streaming from a computer for $5 per month and provides users with five included DRM-free MP3 downloads each month.

The streaming service will only be offered to subscribers as long as they pay the monthly charge, but the five download tracks each month can be kept even if the service is cancelled.

Napster CEO Chris Gorog said in a statement, "There's no need to settle for 30-second clips to decide if you want to buy a song. For five bucks now you can have access to our entire music catalog and get five MP3s to add to your permanent collection."

The streaming library covers all of the major record labels and artists according to Napster and the catalog has over seven million songs total. The DRM-free tracks are compatible with the iPod, iPhone and any other MP3 capable device.

Best Buy SVP of entertainment Julie Owen said, "A decade ago, Napster revolutionized the way people discovered and enjoyed music. The brand that started it all is shaking things up again with a new service that provides music lovers continued access to the entertainment experience they've come to expect of Napster and Best Buy."

The new Napster service is available now to U.S. residents.



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RE: Sweet
By ctodd on 5/18/2009 3:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
There are already a few recorders out there. Although I find it a waste of time recording songs you probably will forget you have and never listen to again. Been there, done that. Well, I'm old so maybe that is my real problem.


RE: Sweet
By callmeroy on 5/19/2009 10:40:52 AM , Rating: 2
Well i'm not that old age wise ---but I have to tell you, my views on a lot of things these days makes me think I should be 20 years older than I am...i guess my folks did raise me old fashioned....

Anyway...the meat of my point is --- i'm one of those rare folks , it seems, that values my free time heavily. If something that is just for my entertainment or a hobby or whatever takes too much time to get done - I mostly just do without (normally I'd just find something else to do).

This whole to buy music, to not rip music, kind of thing -- falls into that mindset above. Either its cheap, simple and fast or its not worth it.


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