Music Choice Teams Up with Napster


Music Choice and Napster want to make sweet broadband music together.

The two companies announced a partnership Wednesday under which users of the new "Music Choice Broadband" service can immediately download or buy tracks that are playing.

Music Choice Broadband -- which will offer 40 broadband music "channels" to cable operators, which can then provide the service to their cable-modem customers at no additional cost -- is set to launch early next year.

When one of the more than 500,000 songs available in Napster’s library plays on any of the 40 Music Choice Broadband channels, a "download now" button will be displayed on the Music Choice streaming music player.

Listeners can choose to either buy the track or the album on which the track appears, or subscribe to Napster and enjoy unlimited listening to that service’s catalog.