Napster is repositioning its U.K. service, with a £5 ($7.97) entry point for monthly access to unlimited streaming and five MP3 downloads to keep.

The new version of Napster Unlimited, effective immediately, offers access to a catalog of 8 million tracks for streaming via the Web or Napster's own desktop client. There are also radio stations and recommendations and the service is Mac compatible.

Napster will promote the service from Oct. 8 in Carphone Warehouse's 817 U.K stores nationwide, giving all Carphone Warehouse customers a free one-month trial card including the five downloads to keep. Napster owner Best Buy bought 50% of Carphone Warehouse's retailing business, comprising 2,400 stores in nine European countries, for £1.1 billion ($1.75 billion) in May 2008.

Napster customers in the U.K. previously paid £10 ($16) a month for unlimited streaming, while download options were based around DRM-enabled tracks. The £10 a month subscription will now give users 12 MP3 downloads to keep.

However, Napster is not following the Spotify model of full mobile access to streaming for those paying a subscription. Subscribers using Web-enabled mobile access will be able to preview and then purchase tracks from Napster's a-la-carte store.

"With this new service model, Napster once again reflects the needs of today's music consumers. We listened to our customers and developed a service that provides music lovers with a flexible, best-value service that allows them to tailor their digital music experience to their personal requirements," said Thorsten Schliesche, Napster's VP sales and marketing for Europe, in a statement. "Whether users want to build on their own collection of tracks, discover new music or simply stream their favourite songs into their own space - Napster has worked hard to provide an environment where music lovers can create their own easy-to-use experience, all available under one fixed and best-value cost."