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Napster's back on track

Song-swap site heads back up the charts

Song-swapping portal Napster has received a massive influx in traffic following its post-filter slump.

Webnoise, which monitors the popularity of online entertainment, revealed in a report on Wednesday that 593 million songs were downloaded from the site in the last week of March. This was a 25 percent increase on the previous week.

"We have shown commitment to our customers in battling to maintain our service. Now our customers are doing the same for us, which is great news," said a Napster spokesperson.

Napster is desperately trying to comply with last month's court order requiring it to block downloads of copyrighted songs. It has so far blocked around 1.6m filenames, represents variant spellings of 275,000 songs, but still has some way to go.

The company will now face tough competition from other subscription-based song swapping services such as that of music production company EMI.

Napster's new service was announced yesterday.


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