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If you saw the Napster ads during the Super Bowl last Sunday you should know by now that Napster has officially opened its Napster to Go subscription service.  Napster has chosen a subscription model that lets you download an unlimited amount of music for a flat […]

Napster LogoIf you saw the Napster ads during the Super Bowl last Sunday you should know by now that Napster has officially opened its Napster to Go subscription service.  Napster has chosen a subscription model that lets you download an unlimited amount of music for a flat $14.95 a month.  All you have to do to have continued access to your music library is continue to pay the monthly fee or your music will become unplayable.  New subscribers can get a 30–Day trial of the service to see if it works for you.  A Napster to GO compatible MP3 player is required along with Windows Media Player 10 to use the service.  As of this writing the following MP3 players are on Napster’s compatibility list:

  • iriver H10Napster to GO
  • Dell Pocket DJ
  • Creative Zen Micro
  • SMT5600 Smartphone
  • Zen Portable Media Center
  • Gateway MP3 Photo Jukebox
  • iriver H320 and PMC-120
  • Samsung Napster YH-920GS
  • Samsung YH-999 Portable Media Center

All of the listed MP3 players require a firmware/driver update which is available on the Napster to Go web site.  Owners of the uber-popular iPod are out in the cold as it is not expected that Apple will enter into any agreement with Napster.

  1. I hope people realize what you pointed out: you can listen to your music as long as you continue to pay your subscription fee. Essentially, you are not buying the music, you are renting it or granted a license to listen to it. I have this funny feeling some folks are going to think: “Wow, what a great deal! I’ll just download tons of music for $15 a month and eventually cancel!” So: should we start a pool to see how long it takes someone to crack the subscription requirement? Put me in for April of this year. ;>)

    KCT

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  2. Yes, this debate of subscription over limited purchase is going to rage for quite some time. To tell you the truth I’m not so sure the subscription model isn’t OK. Good topic for a discussion, don’t you think? ;)

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  3. At first I was like subscription? No way.

    Now though I donno.. I like how WoYP put it:
    http://www.writingonyourpalm.net/2005/02/new-napster.htm

    Use it as personal radio programming for time shifted radio, more or less.

    -arebelspy

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  4. Look at the napster to go, this way considering you don’t do illegal down loads, and you purchase a least 1 cd a month (cds range from $10.00-$19.00). You can not go wrong with it and plus have access to all the music you could ever want, For $15. And to be honest a lot of the cds you buy, you don’t have a year later anyway. Just certain artists…

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  5. For all the flak Napster gets regarding its “rental” business model, and now the “252 CD burn” hack, it’s actually getting good reviews from users.

    Music subscription services in general are great for new music discovery. I was blown away by 7 bands within the first three weeks of using Rhapsody, which is incredible. Though I’m not currently a subscriber, the move to mobile devices is making me reconsider…

    Subscriptions are great for independent music, as they give more exposure to bands trying to get their music out; listeners are more willing to experiment. And that’s good for the music industry in general, which could use a shot in the arm. I’m sick of manufactured pop.

    My 2 cents,

    Mike
    http://www.GarageSpin.com

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