Best Buy Buys Napster

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In a bid to challenge Apple's dominant iTunes music service, electronics retalier Best Buy plans to buy digital music service Napster for $121 million in cash. Best Buy announced on Monday it would pay $2.65...

Napster moves to MP3-only music download format

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Napster, one of the largest digital music retailers, said Monday it would start selling downloads in the MP3 format from the second quarter of this year in the latest blow to copy protection for songs...

BMG settles Napster lawsuit for $130M

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Media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG has settled a copyright infringement case by paying $130 million US to the National Music Publishers' Association, a trade association that represents more than 700 U.S. music publishers. The latest deal...

Circuit City and Napster partner on music service

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Circuit City has announced a partnership with Napster that realizes a subscription music service dubbed "Circuit City + Napster" which will offer "all the same great music discovery and community features such as personalized recommendations,...

AOL Scraps Music Now in Favor of Napster

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AOL has scrapped AOL Music Now and is calling Napster their exclusive supplier of subscription music for its AOL Music site. Over the next 60 days, AOL's 350,000 paid accounts will be transferred over to...

Napster for sale?

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Napster, which started its life as an illegal MP3 sharing service created by a college student in Visual Basic has evolved into a $100 million plus corporation. Despite the vast increase in revenue, the...

Napster rues Microsoft, Player Glitches

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Technical glitches by Microsoft and the digital music device makers have hampered Napster Inc.'s ability to close the gap with Apple's iTunes, the dominant online music service, Napster's chief executive said on Tuesday. "There is...

Napster to start on-campus music service

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Computer giant Dell and the music service Napster stated today that they would partner together to bring a new digital music download service to U.S. college campuses. The deal will call on Dell...

Napster hack leads to free downloads

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It's like the old Napster all over again: all the music you want for free, as long as you're willing to get a little geeky. Blogs were buzzing Tuesday about the resurgence...

Napster ads fail to impress

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The Superbowl is not just a contest of football teams, it's a contest of ads. And finishing dead last in the ad contest this year was none other than Napster's advertisement. ...

Napster trades on Nasdaq

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Napster has begun its life as an independent company, following the completion of the sale of former parent Roxio's software operation. Roxio's stock began trading under the NAPS indent yesterday as the company dropped its...

Napster offers service to AT&T Wireless users

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Napster on Wednesday said that Napster to Go, its fledgling portable music service, is now available to AT&T Wireless subscribers who use the Audiovox SMT5600 smart phone. The service lets customers download...

Napster befriends PayPal

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Digital music service Napster announced Monday that customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada can now pay for tunes using PayPal. Napster users can choose to pay their monthly...

Napster Is Back - And This Time It's Legal

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Three years after it was closed down by the record industry, the online music service Napster is back. Napster, which pioneered illegal music downloading, surprised the record industry yesterday by unveiling a legitimate UK Web...

Napster Calls on Linux

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In an effort to help its large-scale customers conserve bandwidth and speed up the delivery of online music, Napster is using open standards technology from IBM as part of a cache-management system, the company says....

Napster and iTunes Euro debut delayed

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Old-fashioned red tape is delaying the eagerly awaited European launches for iTunes and Napster. A maze of licensing contracts, music release dates that differ by country and incompatible billing systems have combined...

Napster to extend to Europe

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Napster, whom has recently relaunched as a legal service is the US, is set to extend the service into Europe from Spring. Leanne Sharman, the former head of sales and...

Penn State and Napster Team Up

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Penn State University has teamed up with Napster to offer students free downloads from the library of over "500,000 songs, as well as 40 radio stations, access to six decades of Billboard chart data, an...

OSNews: First look at Napster

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OSNews has a thorough first look at Napster 2. Napster began its life as essentially an auto-music-piracy program. But it's gone straight under new management and now offers subscriptions in exchange for music purchasing. ...

Napster unveils payment cards

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The online music retailer has developed its own prepaid cards to target teens and others without credit cards. Online music retailer Napster unveiled prepaid cards on Monday, so people -- particularly teens -- can download...

Napster to relaunch before Christmas

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Napster is to relaunch before Christmas offering both subscription and free services. Napster 2.0 will allow users access to up to 500,000 tracks by paying for individual downloads or a monthly subscription. Napster has signed...

Son of Napster

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Robert X. Cringely has a new idea for an online music business which he calls Son of Napster, or Snapster for short. Written by Robert X. Cringely Napster...

Napster Is coming back

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Roxio, provider of the best selling digital media software in the world announced today that it acquired Pressplay, the nation's premier online music service. As a result, Roxio has acquired a legal digital music distribution...

The rise and fall of napster

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very interesting article... "Instead of feeling relieved, Napster Inc. chief executive officer Eileen Richardson was pacing the halls with worry. San Francisco's Hummer Winblad Venture Partners had committed to invest $13 million for...

Roxio buys Napster for $5 Million

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Thanks to use_imagination for mailing us with the below story. Software maker Roxio bought the remaining intellectual property assets of the now defunct song-swap company Napster for just over $5 million in...

Roxio Looks to Buy Napster Assets

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Thanks to Lee Whittaker and creamhackered for letting us know of this news. Software maker Roxio is poised to snap up the remaining assets of the now defunct song-swapping company Napster (news -...

Porn group offers to buy Napster

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Barcelona, Spain-Based private Media Group Inc. offered to snap up Napster's most valuable remaining asset — its unique brand identity — for 1 million shares of Private's common stock, the bidding company announced in a...

Napster future seen bleak

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Thanks Tony Phang. With the resignation of Thomas Middelhoff as chief executive of Bertelsmann AG, the future looks even bleaker for the debt-riddled and lawsuit-plagued music file swapping company, experts said on Monday. ...

Napster files bankruptcy

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Saw this over on Slashdot, everyone say aaah... Napster, the embattled Internet music upstart which has been offline since July 2001, said Monday it has filed for bankruptcy protection. The...

Napster Sold For $8 Million

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Less than three days after Napster founder Shawn Fanning and CEO Konrad Hilbers said they were leaving the project for good, along comes Bertelsmann with an offer they couldn't refuse: Buy Napster...

Court Says 'No' to Free Napster Revival

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Thanks Eddie E. for sending in this story. A federal appeals court this week rejected Napster's final effort to bring back its free song-swapping service, which it was forced to close in July...

Napster cuts 10 percent of staff

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Online music trading service Napster said Friday it will sack 10 percent of its staff as it awaits a deal with the world's leading record companies. Napster has been all but shutdown since...

Napster Launches Test of New Secure Service

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Napster will launch a test version of its new service on Thursday which prevents the unauthorized sharing of copyrighted files -- a feature which made the original service popular among users but hated by the...

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