Napster has re-launched its subscription service in the UK, with a new web-based model.


Napster Version 4.6 will allow subscribers to access and play their music on any internet-connected computer, without downloading any software.

Services include streaming full-length tracks from the Napster catalogue and full access to existing Napster libraries and playlists.

4.6 also includes a new Automix function – an automated music recommendation and discovery tool that creates custom generated playlists based on the tracks that a member selects from the Napster catalogue – as well as a new mood manager tool, which allows users to create music choices to suit any mood.

To support the launch, Napster’s consumer website has also had a complete overhaul, including, it says, significant improvements to user experience.

Napster vice president of sales and marketing Thorsten Schliesche says, “Napster’s mission has always been to enable consumers to explore and share the world of music as simply as possible. The introduction of Napster 4.6 with its optimised user interface and exciting new features offers music fans endless possibilities to enjoy their favourite music at anytime and wherever they are.”

Napster 4.6 incorporates more than 7m tracks from 540,000 artists and 640,000 albums.

By Ben Cardew


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