Friday, August 8, 2008

Napster Launches MP3 Store

Napster has launched the world's largest online music store without digital rights management (DRM). More than six million tracks will be sold as MP3 files, from all of the major record labels and independents.
The songs will play on any MP3 player, including iPods, and can be burnt to CD and transferred to other devices.
Napster boss Chris Gorog said the service, which offers songs for 99 cents (79p), moved online music "from under the DRM cloud."
Hmmmmm ..... actually Chris, it's Mac Genius Steve Jobs of Apple who's the primary force moving online music from under the DRM cloud, but ... we're glad you're with us, too! Kudos to both of you.
The Napster store will compete directly with a similar service from Amazon, the only other online store with MP3s from all the major labels, and Apple's iTunes, which offers a limited number of DRM-free tracks.
The move also shifts Napster away from its previous "all you can eat" music service, which let users access as much music as they wanted for a monthly subscription.