On October 29 in Lost Angeles, both major and indie label artists will come together for a one-night-only blow-out celebrating the launch of the new Napster. Dashboard Confessional, Interpol, Metric, Ludacris, and DJ Melo-D are all on the bill, with the looney Ahmet Zappa holding down the emceeing duties. Napster 2.0, as it's cleverly called, will feature upwards of 500,000 tracks. iTunes is adding more every day, but I believe they're currently around 400,000 tracks strong. Insiders report that 99% of the extra 100,000 songs featured on Napster are Phish, Dave Matthews, and String Cheese bootlegs. The other one percent is my personal library of Yani records. Napster 2.0's pricing structure is similar to iTunes as well. Individual tracks will be available for 99cents a pop, with the cost of an average album running $9.95. However, a subscription package of unlimited monthly tethered downloads and on-demand streams will also be available for $9.95.
40 interactive radio stations will be available for Napster 2.0 users as well, with playlists that will be burnable to CD. As far as usage of the downloaded music goes, individual tracks can be burned an unlimited number of times, but playlists can only be burned five times. According to Billboard, subscribers will be able to "share" music through E-mail, and will be able to send 30 second clips of tracks to non-subscribers.