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Report: Day 1 of the Jammie Thomas-Rasset retrial

What are the odds of getting 19 people for jury selection, some of whom are college students and recent graduates, and NONE of them have used Napster, Kazaa or any other P2P file-sharing service? That's what happened yesterday...
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Former RIAA boss Hilary Rosen slams licensing sluggishness

Billboard has an interesting Q&A with former RIAA boss Hilary Rosen, tying in with the tenth anniversary of Napster.
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Indie label pays to sponsor ad for free music

Trust indie labels to be imaginative and iconoclastic when it comes to marketing.
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More Than Thieves exclusive sets for Spotify, We7, Last.fm AND Napster

We're used to the likes of Spotify and We7 fighting over pre-release exclusives on new albums, but new band More Than Thieves are taking an innovative approach, recording exclusive live sessions for FOUR different services:...
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Lars Ulrich: “I downloaded Death Magnetic illegally”

Thankfully Metallica take a more relaxed approach towards file-sharing than they did in the days of Napster - otherwise drummer Lars Ulrich might be staring down a lawsuit from his own band.
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TrendWatch: Digital music companies that changed their spots

You should always stick to your guns, right? Well, not necessarily. Plenty of companies have rethought their business model or approach – and you can argue that this kind of flexibility is increasingly important, given...
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Napster launches web-based version in the UK… at last!

Napster has launched v4.6 in the UK, allowing users to access its service via the Web, rather than a downloadable client on their computer. Which is about time, given that US users got this option back in October 2007.The...
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Guns’n’Roses’ Chinese Democracy due out this year… only through Best Buy

Guns'n'Roses are set to release their long, LONG-awaited new album Chinese Democracy this side of Christmas, according to US reports. What's more, the album will be the latest to be sold through an exclusive...
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Best Buy acquires Napster for $121 million

After a long time seeking a buyer, Napster has finally found a new home with US consumer electronics giant Best Buy. The deal, valuing Napster at $121 million represents a value of $2.65 per share and a customer acquisition...
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Rumour: hedge funds lining up takeover bids for Napster

Napster's shares may have lost 95% of their value in the last six years, but that isn't stopping several hedge funds reportedly mulling takeover bids for the music firm. Bloomberg points out that the company's...
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Sony to bundle Napster and 7digital with Walkman players

Now that it's got out of the direct music retail game, consumer electronics firm Sony is keen to partner with more successful digital music services. To that end, it's just signed separate deals with Napster and...
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Napster adds videos to NTT DoCoMo mobile service

Napster has extended its mobile deal with Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo to include videos as well as full-track music. The new streaming videos have been branded as Napster Clips, and will initially be available to owners...