Napster 2.0 rolls out service

— 1:37 PM on November 3, 2003

Wired has one of the first reviews I've seen of the new Napster 2.0 online music service. Without a more relaxed DRM scheme or higher audio quality than competing services, Napster 2.0's big new feature is really the fact that users have to pay for content. Napster 2.0 also lays claim to the largest music library of any online service. With half a million tracks, there's bound to be something in there for everyone.

The biggest challenge for online music services is still convincing users that to pay for content that's already available for free on peer-to-peer services. It may be easy for online music services to lure honest CD-buying customers from retail stores to legitimate digital audio download services, but the Kazaa crowd may be beyond hope.

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