Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch its subscription-based music download service in Japan this fall. An offering of roughly 1.5 million songs will initially be available to download or

Napster said Monday (May 29) that it will launch its subscription-based music download service in Japan this fall.

An offering of roughly 1.5 million songs will initially be available to download or stream to personal computers or Windows Media Audio-equipped mobile phones.

The service will comprise three "courses": two subscription-based, and an "a la carte" course, which will allow users to download songs individually.

The first subscription-based course, called Napster Basic, allows music to be downloaded to and stored on PCs only, while the second, Napster To Go, lets users transfer downloaded files to compatible music players. Users of both services will be able to share files between three PCs.

No information on pricing was available at press time.

The news comes after NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest telecom operator, said it would launch a line of WMA-compatible handsets this summer targeted at Napster users.

Napster Japan was established last October as a joint venture between Tokyo-based Tower Records Japan and U.S.-based Napster. NTT DoCoMo subsequently bought a 42% stake in TRJ.