Return of the Napster

It's official. Prompted by the success of legal music downloading, the godfather of the music download, Napster, is set to make its return, and papa's got a brand new bag.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  October 2, 2003

It's official. Prompted by the success of legal music downloading, the godfather of the music download, Napster, is set to make its return to the web on October 9th 2003, and papa's got a brand new bag.

Napster, the revolutionary song-swap service that was shut down for copyright infringement, is set to make its triumphant return next week as an official pay for music site.

Roxio the digital media company that bought Napster for $5 million last year, has set the test date launch for October 9th featuring a new, legal version of the service called Napster 2.0.

Napster 2.0 test launch will also give details of the site's official launch when it debuts for the press in America next week.

Roxio bought the Napster assets in November 2002 touting the strength of the once popular brand name. The new site is set to debut with a catalog of more than 500,000 songs, more than any other service to date.

A few weeks ago, Napster and Samsung Electronics jointly announced they would offer a new digital audio player that will work seamlessly with Napster 2.0. and on Tuesday, Napster and Microsoft announced a specially designed Napster 2.0 interface, which will be included as part of Microsoft's new media centre product.

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