“Napster, the pioneering song-swap service that was shut down for copyright infringement, is coming back next week to face the music as a paid site in a vastly changed online music arena,” Sue Zeidler reports for Reuters. “Digital media company Roxio Inc., which bought Napster for $5 million last year, plans an Oct. 9 test launch for a new, legal version of the service called Napster 2.0, according to Napster spokesman Seth Oster.”
Oster said Roxio will release full details of the service along with the official launch date for Napster 2.0 at the service’s “beta,” or test, launch event in New York City, next Thursday, October 9th. “A major recording artist will be featured at the event,’ Zeidler reports. “In the past Roxio had said Napster 2.0 would launch by Christmas, but sources familiar with the matter said the new Web site will be online and running no later than November.”
“Oster said Napster was confident it will be the strongest music service available by matching brand awareness with a superior product offering. This past summer, Napster said it would be the only music Web site to offer consumers a choice between an a la carte download model or a premium subscription service. Napster also will debut with a catalog of more than 500,000 songs, more than any other service to date,” Zeidler reports. Full article here.
At Apple Computer, the song remains the same regarding iTunes for Windows, “before the end of the year.”