Napster Will Launch in UK by “End of Summer”

Coming after shares in parent company Roxio surged last week (on a rumour that Microsoft will be integrating support for the music download service), Napster has announced that it will be launching in the UK at the end of the Summer. This coincides with the approximate time that Apple have publicised for their eagerly awaited UK debut of iTunes – and by then iTunes will have served well over 100 million tracks.

After iTunes, Napster is the most recognised music download brand – no pricing has been announced but it’s likely that subscribers will be able to burn tracks at the usual US$0.99 price point offered by competing services.

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?