Roxio Says it will Revive and Relaunch a new version of Napster

Roxio, the developer of Easy CD & DVD Creator software products, has reportedly announced that it will relaunch a music service before the end of 2003 that permits users to download music files. Unlike the Napster service, however, Roxio's service will be fee-based. The "resuscitation" of Napster's ghost seems to be part of Roxio's efforts to broaden its offerings beyond CD and DVD software. The lion's share of Roxio's revenue comes from the sale of CD and DVD software product sales in both the retail and OEM sectors. OEM sales have declined, and profit margins have shrunk; retail software sales have been in a slump, as well. Napster's founder, Shawn Fanning, is reported to currently be doing consulting services for Roxio.

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