Top Acts Set To Play Napster 2.0 Launch
Fans can win tickets through local radio stations and other outlets. Musician Ahmet Zappa will emcee the show.Artists from major and indie labels are showing their support for Napster 2.0 by performing at an event to launch the service on Oct. 29 in Los Angeles. Ludacris, Dashboard Confessional, Interpol, Metric and DJ Melo-D are on the bill. Fans can win tickets through local radio stations and other outlets. Musician Ahmet Zappa will emcee the show.
"Napster has always been synonymous with music," says Chris Gorog, chairman/CEO of Napster parent Roxio. "October 29th is a cause for celebration for music fans everywhere as Napster comes back. This great concert is a way for us to bring the cutting edge artists of the day to the fans that make it all happen."
The new Napster will feature an a la carte download store with 500,000-plus tracks. Individual tracks will cost 99 cents; albums on average will cost $9.95. The service also will offer a subscription package of unlimited monthly tethered downloads and on-demand streams for $9.95.
In addition, it will stress "community" elements, such as message boards and the ability to view the music collections of other subscribers. Subscribers will be able to "share" music through E-mail. Napster users will also be able to E-mail 30-second clips of tracks to non-subscribers.
Napster subscribers will have access to 40 interactive radio stations. Radio playlists will be burnable to CD. Usage rights for purchased downloads are in line with those of other services: individual tracks can be burned an unlimited number of times, but a playlist can be burned only five times.