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Appeared on: Tuesday, December 02, 2003
Napster Offers free trial of Premium Service

Napster announced a series of special holiday offers allowing music fans to give and get the gift of music: Consumers who log on to Napster.com in December will get a free three-day trial of Napster's popular premium subscription service.

The free trial gives music lovers three days of unlimited listening to the largest music catalog available online, access to 40 on-demand radio stations and all the community and music discovery features Napster has to offer -- at no cost. As an added holiday bonus, consumers who subscribe to the premium service after their free trial ends will receive an added gift of 5 free tracks that can be burned to CD or transferred to the Samsung-Napster Player, or more than 40 other portable music devices.

Holiday shoppers can add RadioShack, one of the nation's top consumer electronics retailers, with stores in nearly every neighborhood in America, to the list of retailers featuring the pre-paid Napster Music Card, which already includes RiteAid, Best Buy, CompUSA, Kroger, Safeway, ExxonMobil, Duane Reade, Diamond Shamrock and Speedway/SuperAmerica. The Napster Card, developed in partnership with InComm, offers 15 downloads for $14.85, allowing music fans -- for the first time -- to easily stuff stockings with Napster's digital music, without the need for a credit card. Retailer commitments will total nearly 20,000 locations by year's end.

Rounding out the company's holiday offerings is the retail availability of the easy-to-use Napster Burnpak®, an affordable digital music product which couples the best-selling burning software, Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator(TM) 6 Starter Kit, with Napster, the most popular name in online music, in one convenient box. The Burnpak allows music fans to produce their own CDs, complete with custom labels, and add music to their photos and videos. Consumers who purchase the Napster Burnpak, priced at $29.99, also get to choose five free tracks from Napster that they can download, burn to CD or DVD and share with loved ones. The Napster Burnpak is available at leading retailers including Best Buy, CompUSA and Fry's Electronics.

Napster 2.0 enables fans to freely sample the world's largest and most diverse online collection of music, featuring over half a million songs. The easy-to-use interface allows users to quickly and easily download tracks, transfer songs to portable devices or burn them to CDs for just 99 cents per track or $9.95 per album. In addition to the free online magazine, Billboard charts, music videos, song clips and the ability to email tracks to friends and browse other members' collections, serious music fans have the added option to upgrade to a premium service that offers unlimited listening and downloading, over 40 commercial- free radio stations and a collection of interactive play lists and community features, all for just $9.95 a month.


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