Technology: Sound Check: The New Napster

Napster, the original MP3 gangster, is back on a server near you, this time as a legal pay-per-download and subscription music service for Windows PCs. The official relaunch is Oct. 29, but a TIME test run shows that Napster 2.0 has got the rock to draw a crowd. The service will launch into stiff competition; this week Apple is expected to debut a Windows version of its highly successful (and until now Mac-only) iTunes Music Store.

With 99ยข song downloads, complete albums for $9.95 and no subscription required, Napster's pricing follows the iTunes model. Also Apple-like is Napster's integration with...

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