NAPSTER UK goes live today 20 May

  Sparrowhawk 14:12 20 May 2004


click here

  Sparrowhawk 14:45 20 May 2004

Marvels of free market...

On the same day Napster UK opens, its rival OD2 click here

cuts its prices by 1/2.

Now 40 songs for £20

click here

  Djohn 15:21 20 May 2004

Looked through your links, thanks. Now that Napster is a legal application does this meen that it will now be safe to download this program and use it without the fear of Nasties associated with other P2P services?

Basically is it a safe spyware-free program to use? I have no problems in paying a fee for downloading music because it gives me the freedom to choose what and how much I want.

I have never used one of these program to date not only because of the copyright issue but also all the unwanted material that came with them.

Regards. j.

  Sparrowhawk 15:28 20 May 2004

I use click here OD2, had no major issues with them.

OD2 seems more flexible as you can pay as you go or pay a monthly fee like Napster.

Napster only offers £10 monthly fee for unlimited listening.

To buy songs:

OD2: 40 songs for £20

Napster: 1 song for £1.09

  vinnyT 12:05 21 May 2004

Ive lost patience with the music industry. When my present mini-disk fails, my next purchase will be a dab radio, no more buying cds.

  Stuartli 13:08 21 May 2004

Imation, of CD-R, CD-RW and DVD-R fame, in its latest newsletter, sent the following information the other day:

"Leave your email at www .napster for updates about Napster, and you can choose 5 free songs when Napster arrives. There's no commitment and Napster will not give your email to anyone else.

"Fast, Safe, and Legal, Napster makes it easy to discover and share music."

  gold 47 14:03 21 May 2004

Yes but it won't work on W98 but will work on W95 there's one for the record no problem on any other operating system.

I've just read the article regarding Napster and I just can't believe the rip-off price structure.

Now why would I want to download an album for £9.95 when I can buy the 'real thing' for £8.99 from CD-Wow.

Apple's iTunes prices in the US are a lot more reasonable, but once again they just replace the $ for the £ sign.

  Dumfy 10:44 25 May 2004

..and just my opinion of course..

Supposing I'd like the latest Dido album "Life For Rent" There are 11 tracks on it which, if I was to download from the new Napster, would cost £11.99 at the price of £1.09 per track.

As has already been mentioned, I could go elsewhere on the web and buy the actual audio CD for £8.99 and maybe even less. Now not only does this give you the physical CD, artwork and cover notes, it gives you full CD quality. Why pay £11.99 for compressed MP3 files, which at best will be 320KB. I don't believe 320KB is CD quality.

There was an interesting discussion on this very subject on Sky News last week. There was a representative there from the BPI who was naturally fighting his corner and tried to defend their practice of over-pricing discs in the UK high street. The interviewer missed a golden opportunity in not asking the question of why the record industry has slapped a £2 surcharge on web suppliers like CD-Wow for under-cutting the high street..and it only applies to the UK (I thought this was the idea of internet shopping).

The BPI rep also blamed illegal downloading for the reduction in CD sales they are seeing (read affecting their already excessive profits). Now I don't condone this pracice in any way, but I think the drop in sales is due to both the poor quality of music and artists on offer. There is very little I would spend £8.99 on these days, let alone downloading the same thing for £11.99.
There was also a recent study from a US university that discounted this theory also and the drop in sales down to poor quality of music on offer.

I do not see the attraction of Napster and will not be using its services.... or am I missing something?

Just a thought.



  Sparrowhawk 10:52 25 May 2004

NAPSTER UK prices are nice if you are a DJ.
£10 per month for unlimited (nice) listening only (not so nice).

Other than that, I agree with you.

FOR ALBUMS, will continue buying from and especially as the British Pornographic Industry does not like them
FOR SINGLE TRACKS, will continue with and maybe start with i-Tunes when they come in the UK.

  Chronos 11:17 25 May 2004

my guess is that most will carry on as before, there are p2p progs without adverts and spyware, and at the end of the day, what difference will it make to the man in the street if some of it does land up on his/hers PC.. certainly not worth losing sleep over..

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