And they're getting help from a retail giant...
Music download site NAPSTER is set
to launch in the UK this summer with the backing of
retail giant DIXONS.
The once huge file-sharing network relaunched in
the US last October as a legitimate pay-for download
service. In major competition with Apple’s iTunes, they announced first quarter sales of more than $6.1m (£3.4m) in the US.
Dixons will promote the new site
by selling Napster-branded blank CDs, CD wallets and
CD labelling kits. It will also promote the service
through its own website.
Napster have not yet revealed a
cost for their downloads, though in the US individual
songs retail for 99 cents (£0.53) with full albums for
around $10 (£5.33).
At one-time Napster’s file-sharing service had 60 million users and threatened the future of major record labels. A judge in the US closed it in 2001
citing copyright infringements. The company entered a
period of flux that ended when they were bought by US
firm Roxio and relaunched.