June 29, 2006 8:35 PM PDT

Napster offers subscribers MP3 player

Napster has quietly begun offering customers a branded digital music player when they subscribe to Napster's service for a year, according to the company's Web site.

Those who join the "Napster To Go" service can receive a 256MB flash memory MP3 player for free, or pay an additional $50 to get a 1GB flash player.

Company representatives were unavailable for comment.

The device comes as Apple Computer continues to dominate the digital-download market. Napster and other music services that compete with iTunes have struggled to cut into Apple's lead due in part to its streamlined approach to selling music and its iPod music players.

According to a report in Mobilemag.com, the Napster player supports the MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG4 (video), and JPEG (photo) formats.

Napster's design is reminiscent of that for the iPod, with a large wheel under the display screen. When it comes to storage, Napster's has a long way to go to catch Apple. The largest-capacity iPod is equipped with 60GB of memory.

See more CNET content tagged:
Napster Inc., digital music player, music player, digital music, MP3 player

6 comments

Join the conversation!
Add your comment
Some news
Napster has been doing this for a year. Same prices and specs. It looks like they just may have changed the supplier.
Posted by Andrew Wolfe (28 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Hmmm
The 1gb version doesnt look half bad for a free player.
Posted by wazzledoozle (288 comments )
Reply Link Flag
nice
agreed

That doesn't look too shabby
Posted by the liquid man (44 comments )
Link Flag
nice
agreed

That doesn't look too shabby
Posted by the liquid man (44 comments )
Link Flag
except it's not free
"The 1gb version doesnt look half bad for a free player"

if you read the story, you need to pay $50 on top of the
commitment to a one-year subscription (at the rate of $14.95 per
month).
Posted by Thrudheim (306 comments )
Link Flag
 

Join the conversation

Add your comment

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Click here to review our Terms of Use.

What's Hot

Discussions

Shared

RSS Feeds

Add headlines from CNET News to your homepage or feedreader.