Napster UK, Ltd., recently launched its Napster 2.0 legal online music service and extended its library to over 700,000 tracks, giving it the world's largest online music catalogue. Since its UK launch on May 20, Napster has loaded a further 200,000 tracks to its UK service across a huge range of genres that includes rock, alternative, dance, pop, R&B, jazz, country, blues, and hip-hop, and that features exclusive material from David Bowie, Elbow and The Zutons. UK residents can download the new Napster 2.0 music service for free at www.napster.co.uk and choose between the subscription service with its free seven-day trial, and the Napster Light a la carte download store.
Napster UK has licensing agreements with all five major record companies – BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music International, and Warner Music International – as well as independent labels body AIM.
"Not only does Napster 2.0 offer UK music fans the widest range of features of any online music service, it also offers the richest, deepest treasure trove of music to delve into," said Leanne Sharman, Napster vice-president and UK general manager. "Napster 2.0 gives users their own virtual music superstore where there is something for everyone, and we're very grateful to the labels, artists, managers, publishers and other rights holders who have been so quick to add their repertoire to the Napster 2.0 catalogue." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen