Napster Becomes Official Provider Of AOL Music
January 12, 2007 at 8:59 AM (PT)
TIME WARNER INC.'s web services subsidiary AOL and online music retailer NAPSTER INC. announced NAPSTER as the exclusive music subscription provider for AOL MUSIC, replacing AOL MUSIC NOW service. About 350,000 MUSIC NOW subscribers will be transferred to NAPSTER's digital music subscription service, and it will post links to NAPSTER throughout AOL MUSIC.
Less than a decade ago NAPSTER was synonymous with online music, but was forced to close in JULY 2001 after a series of legal battles over piracy and copyright infringement. It was later bought by software company ROXIO and was relaunched as a legal site in 2003.
Commenting on the deal, AOL ENTERTAINMENT VP MIKE RICH said, "We are pleased to provide our subscribers the opportunity to seamlessly transition to NAPSTER, which will become the only music subscription service integrated into AOL MUSIC. MUSIC NOW subscribers can look forward to enjoying a world-class music experience from NAPSTER."