Napster, now offering legal music via streaming, has decided to move to a complete web-based format. No more software to download, and anyone who can run a browser (probably with Java enabled) should be able to enjoy songs from Napter's library of over 5 million tracks.
The question remains whether or not people will be happy to stream vs. just buy songs.
“Napster sells a subscription service for $10 to $15 a month where users can stream or download an unlimited number of songs from its 5 million-strong library. But Napster's and other music subscription services have so far lagged behind larger rival iTunes, which uses a more traditional buy-to-own model. Itunes sells songs as permanent downloads at 99 cents each.”
For those with a portable media player, it seems like Napster is still not that appealing. We're wondering if Napster might not announce plans for such a device in the future.