In a sign that Napster is moving closer to relaunching its service, the company's servers were operating for a brief time on Wednesday for testing purposes, Billboard Bulletin reports. Napster plans t

In a sign that Napster is moving closer to relaunching its service, the company's servers were operating for a brief time on Wednesday for testing purposes, Billboard Bulletin reports. Napster plans to debut a fee-based version of its file-swapping technology later this summer.

Meanwhile, new Napster CEO Konrad Hilbers told a member of the German press earlier this week that the company is looking to price its basic subscription offering at about $5 per month. A spokesperson says Hilbers' comment is in keeping with previous estimates that Napster is considering a $4.95 price point for its basic service.

Elsewhere on the Web, music retailers are throwing their support behind the proposed Music Online Competition Act and accusing the major labels of trying to unfairly control the digital distribution market. In an Aug. 8 letter to Recording Industry Association of America president/CEO Hilary Rosen, National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) president Pam Horovitz states, "Music retailers have no choice but to seek legislative remedies when copyright owners refuse to engage in any meaningful discussion with them regarding digital distribution."

The NARM letter came in response to a recent statement by Rosen condemning the bill, charging that it is a "solution in search of a problem" that "substitutes government regulation for the marketplace."

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