New Kid on the Block: Napster MP3 Download Store

New York – May 20, 2008. This morning, digital music service Napster, Inc. made a splash with their new MP3 download store, being touted at the world’s biggest, with over 6 million songs. Posing a direct challenge to Apple’s iTunes, songs from all major music labels, as well as independent labels, will be available to users in a format compatible with most digital media devices–including the Apple iPod and iPhone.

Who can forget the Napster that made headlines in the late 1990s and early 2000s when they were sued by heavy metal band Metallica and A&M Records, among others, for copyright infringement. That’s all in the past, though. Most recently, Napster has peddled a monthly subscription service for access to its streaming music, none of which could be transfered to portable devices.

Pulling out all the stops to compete with iTunes, Napster has made all of their downloads DRM-free, which means they will be of higher quality and can be used with any device (not just limited to the iPod). All Napster MP3s (99 cents each and $9.95 per album) will be automatically synced into your iTunes library. How do you like them apples?

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