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Napster starts beta testing

Napster starts beta testing

After Napster has been trying to gain more media interest since the beginning of the year, action is now being taken and the public beta test of the new Napster is to be started, which should initially be limited to 20,000 users.

Due to the lack of contracts with the major music companies, they will only have access to around 110,000 songs, due to the test phase still free of charge. Basically nothing has changed in the original software apart from a few external corrections. In addition to MP3, the NAP format is now also supported, interrupted downloads can be resumed and broken files are automatically filtered out. It remains to be seen whether Napster will be able to assert itself against the largely free competitors in the future. In any case, they want to start in the first quarter of 2002, provided they can come to an agreement with the big five of the music industry. Industry insiders assume a monthly fee of 5 to 10 US dollars, with 50 downloads included.