Digital World Services (DWS) says it is testing two security systems for Napster. DWS, which handles download technology for RCA parent Bertelsmann AG, also says Napster is on track for the launch of

Digital World Services (DWS) says it is testing two security systems for Napster. DWS, which handles download technology for RCA parent Bertelsmann AG, also says Napster is on track for the launch of its new subscription service, scheduled for July 1, Billboard Bulletin reports.

One system would secure files during transfer between users; the other would prevent the new Napster player from being hacked. Users will have to download the new player in order to listen to Napster files. "We're on time for the July launch and are testing systems right now that have so far been successful," says a DWS spokeswoman.

In addition to DWS, Napster is in talks with other technology companies, including Microsoft, to possibly incorporate their software into the new service. A Napster spokeswoman would not elaborate on the type of Microsoft software the company is considering.