Napster.co.uk was once touted as the future of downloadable music. It began life as the most successful of all the illegal music download services. After being shut down, it re-emerged as a legitimate service in 2003. Initially, it became known as a subscription service, but this is only one of Napster’s offerings.

  • Choose from five million tracks online
  • Stream music as many times as you like

Napster offers a catalogue of more than five million tracks. A £10 monthly membership permits you to listen to tracks on your PC on and offline as many times as you like. The Napster To-Go membership (£15 per month) adds the option of transferring these tracks to a compatible portable player.

You can also buy tracks outright. DRM-free tracks cost 79p, or less for bundles or complete albums. Napster subscribers can buy individual tracks at a discounted rate – sometimes as little as 68p. Peer recommendations and artists you’re likely to enjoy are offered via shared libraries.

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Napster: Specs

  • Web browser
  • internet connection
  • compatible audio player
  • Web browser
  • internet connection
  • compatible audio player

OUR VERDICT

Suitable for those who are after a primarily PC-based service and who are happy with the subscription concept.

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