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Internet News   Internet News : Napster to get Christmas rebirth
   posted by DaveyD on 2-Aug-2003 23:41:28 (2198 reads)
Music download site Napster will relaunch as a fully legitimate service in time for Christmas, its new owner has said.

Napster gained popularity - and notoriety - as the main hub of unauthorised downloading until it was shut by the music industry in 2001.


The following year, it was bought by Roxio, which makes CD-burning software and is working on relaunching Napster as a legal music site.

The new Napster, called Napster 2.0, is expected to offer the largest authorised online catalogue in the world.

It will have almost 500,000 songs on offer, Roxio chairman and chief executive Chris Gorog said.

Fans will be able to buy music with either a monthly subscription or through one-off purchases.

'Freedom of choice'

Napster 2.0 will also offer customised radio stations and the ability to copy songs onto CDs and other devices, Mr Gorog said.

The key characteristics of the original Napster - "independence, innovation and freedom of choice" - will still be there, he said.

But the aim is to create "the best music site in the world while at the same time respect the artists who created the music we all love".

Roxio bought Napster for $5m in November 2002 and acquired a legitimate download site, Pressplay, earlier this year.

Strong brand

Mr Gorog said some artists had refused to let their songs appear on the new service - but most were "very receptive".

Some 97% of fans recognised the Napster name and about half said they were willing to pay for downloads, he said.

The Napster website currently only offers animations of a Napster creature escaping from hospital, being injured and treated in hospital.

The story of Napster will also be the subject of a feature film.
    

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Re: Napster to get Christmas rebirth
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It should never have been shut down...


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Agreed .... But it gave birth to (imho) superior P2P clients !!


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This is the way that the Record Industry sould be looking at P2P stuff. Rather then panicing about the technology and trying to shut it down, why not embrace it and use it as another medium to sell your product.

Heck, when you think about it, this is a great opotunity for up and comming stars to get thier music out and not just the big stars. I hope that Roxio see this as well.

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And the company name on CDs came from Napster is "Phoenix of the Music"......


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They are behind already! besides I think it's AOL (or something like that) that bought the name.

This is the same sort of setup that Apple has already started and become such an unexpected success.

iTunes from Apple is granting downloads of commercial songs for just under a dollar/song.

They seem to be doing pretty well at the moment and they have a relatively large database to choose from.

From what I understand it's only for the US at the moment so maybe Napster can get a head start on a worldwide basis.

The name should give them a boost anyhow if the commercial music segment didn't already manage to completely destroy it the first time?


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I think P2P for the musicians is the way forward ... I would gladly pay $2.00 a song.. and apart from a small cut for the p2p client (Napster ?) at least the money goes where its deserved .. To the musicians.

The R.I.A.A is going to die a long screaming death !!


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And not before time as well.


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if any


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of the big


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stars in the music world


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use a p2p client ?


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kinda funny if


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they do !!


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or their kids do !!

( thinking of what Madonna did)


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Unfortunately the RIAA is still around causing many problems...


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