Napster Do It For The Kids
With the war on illegal downloads in full swing and the BPI beginning its legal battle with file-sharers, Napster has taken the step to introduce the UK’s first pre-pay cards allowing users without a credit card (i.e. the kids) to legally buy music digitally.
Available though branches of Dixons, the cards will be priced at £14.85 for 15 tracks (99p per track), £56.95 for 60 tracks (95p per track), and £25.95 for a 3 month subscription (equivalent to £8.65 per month).
So if you don’t have a credit card, here’s a way to download music without the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) breathing down your neck.
The cards give music fans a unique code that they can redeem against subscriptions or purchases of tracks from Napster’s catalogue of over 1 million tracks at www.napster.co.uk and will be in Dixons stores from today (October 14) and other highstreet outlets from November.
“Pre-paid cards are a great innovation for the music industry and open up Napster to music fans of all ages,” said John Clare, Dixons Group chief executive. “Napster is a hugely credible, innovative service with mass market appeal and we believe pre-paid cards will encourage and accelerate further adoption.”
In related news, the BPI have announced they have won a court order allowing them to identify the twenty-eight people they allege have uploaded music files on to filesharing networks.
BPI General Counsel Geoff Taylor said: “We are pleased that the Court has granted the order that we were seeking. We are very encouraged by the judge’s comments. We have said consistently that unauthorised filesharing is illegal, and we will not hesitate to take action against those who infringe our members’ rights.”
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