Napster Has Free Music Again

Published: 2006-05-02
Napster, the original peer-to-peer file-sharing website, is going back to its roots and offering music to customers for free.

This time, however, there will be no courthouse showdowns, as the transactions will all be perfectly legal.

The peer-to-peer software was introduced in 1999 and swelled in popularity almost instantly before being shut down in 2001 for massive copyright infringement.

Using advertising to compensate record labels, the site will offer any songs from its 2 million track library for free for only 5 spins. After those spins are up customers will be prompted to either buy the track for 99 cents or 'rent' it by paying a monthly fee to listen to the tunes.

All these measures are an effort to become stiffer competition for iTunes, the current leader in the digital music market with nearly 70% of all sales.

Though the free music sounds like a great incentive to switch back to Napster, they company does face one major roadblock, as their tunes are not compatible with the Apple iPod, currently the biggest selling mp3 player on the market.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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