The new agreement looks like great news for music fans...

NAPSTER has announced a major partnership with Internet giants NTL.

The music download service, which was launched last month, offers unlimited downloads to its users with its Napster subscription service, costing £9.95 a month. Subscribers to the ntl Broadband plus package will now get the service bundled in for a reduced price.

Napster currently boasts the worlds largest online music catalogue, with over 750,000 tracks available for download. ntl users signing up for the standard broadband package will get a free 30 day trial of the subscription service.

Brad Duea, president of Napster, commented: “This is a significant deal for Napster because we are partnering with the biggest provider of broadband services in the UK, and ntl’s own research has shown that over 75% of broadband customers download music each month.

“We are impressed with ntl’s track record for driving growth in the UK broadband market and are confident our partnership will further encourage increasing numbers of UK music fans to enjoy the freedom of high speed Internet access.”

“We are very proud of this exclusive agreement,” said Aizad Hussain, managing director of ntl’s home business. “Our customers will have easy access to this high quality music service at an outstanding price. This supports our ongoing drive for new subscriptions and adds significant value to our broadband services.”

Both offers will be available to ntl users from July. ntl Broadband plus costs £9.95 per month with Napster included.