Napster users are no longer bound to their computers or other portable devices. In addition to announcing Napster Version 3 (pictured), the site is now offering Napster to Go technology, a portable subscription service that lets consumers move an unlimited amount of songs from the Napster catalog to compatible MP3 players (such as Creative Zen Micro, Dell Pocket DJ and iRiver's H10 players) for a monthly fee of $14.95.
PLUG IT IN, TUNE IT UP
Online record label Magnatune (www.magnatune.com) and Samsung spin-off Hana Micron launched TunePlug, a reusable USB Flash drive that features 10 albums from 10 Magnatune artists as MP3 files. Music can be played anywhere on any computer or portable device. “With consumers always on the go these days, they need to be able to carry their data files and music in devices that can become part of their daily lives,” said Jon Jaroker of Hana Micron. “We wanted to combine both needs with the TunePlug product.” Prices for TunePlug are $19.99, 64 MB; $29.99, 128 MB; $49.99, 256 MB; and $69.99, 512 MB. The first TunePlug will be launched with Magnatune's Rock Music Collection, Volume One, with new releases expected every six months.