updated 05:25 pm EDT, Wed July 18, 2001
Napster has notified users who have expressed an interest in beta testing its new subscription-based music service that it is preparing to begin the free beta test in the next several weeks. The free beta testing period will be followed by the launch of the official service, which will require a small monthly fee. "Over half of what you pay Napster will go directly to the artists, songwriters and other rights holders whose works are transferred between members of the Napster community." The music swapping service recently settled legal disputes with both Metallica and Dr. Dre.