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Napster to use PlayMedia technology to power their membership service

Written by Jari Ketola @ 16 Jul 2001 8:40

The once popular song-swapping service Napster has selected PlayMedia Systems to provide secure digital music player in its upcoming membership service. In addition to that PlayMedia will also be consulting Napster on file security technology.
PlayMedia has developed customized playback, encryption, decryption, and security technologies. Using these technologies Napster will be able to encode, recognize, and playback protected multimedia files on the Napster membership service.

``Napster is at the forefront of using some extremely advanced rights management and security technologies in a file-sharing environment,'' said Napster's interim CEO Hank Barry. ``PlayMedia's technologies and consulting services for playback and advanced file security have been instrumental in helping us build a new Napster service that will give our users a satisfying experience for discovering and listening to new music.''

Napster also renewed its license for PlayMedia's AMP® technology. AMP technology is probably best known from powering the popular Winamp MP3 player.

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