Napster makes a comeback

Napster is set to rise like a phoenix from the ashes this Christmas holiday season, but this time with its legal affairs in...

Napster is poised to launch Napster 2.0 paid music service after it was knocked offline last year after a prolonged legal battle with the record industry over copyright infringement allegations.

At its launch, Napster will boast access to up to 500,000 tracks through individual download, monthly subscription of internet radio, Napster owner Roxio said.

The service will offer its music content through deals with all five major record labels and a variety of independent labels, Roxio said, in stark contrast to the service's freewheeling days when it offered users the ability to trade their music for free.

Roxio has been laying the groundwork for a Napster relaunch since it bought the service's remaining assets late last year. Since then, it scooped up online music subscription service Pressplay for $39.5m (£24m).

Roxio chairman and chief executive officer Chris Gorog said that the early prototypes of Napster 2.0 are progressing well and that more details of the service will be revealed closer to launch.

Scarlett Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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