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Metallica launches iPod-friendly jacket

The latest bit of Metallica merchandise is a jacket with built-in Skullcandy speaker and iPod dock.
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Lars Ulrich ”proud” of helping take down original Napster

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is unrepentant about the role the band played in fighting the original (unlicensed) versiolars_ulrich-gal-villainsn of Napster.
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BPI boss hails Napster legacy

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor has penned a column for BBC News Online reflecting on the tenth anniversary of the original Napster, admitting that the music industry should have embraced Napster rather than fought it.
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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...