Napster 2.0 Beta on Oct 9th

Online music downloads and music player competition is heating up... on the PC side.

Despite target dates for Napster 2.0 by Christmas, Reuters reports that Napster 2.0 will start beta testing on October 9th.

Last week, Samsung and Napster announced that they would be releasing a "Napster compatible" MP3 player, following in Apple's iPod footsteps to provide music store and audio player integration.

The importance of such integration is underscored by a CNet article that suggests that BuyMusic has failed to provide players that will play the secure WMA files that it currently offers.

Meanwhile, we are anxiously awaiting Apple's iTunes Music Store offering for the PC... which was last rumored for Mid-October.

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