Napster to become Snoopstar?

BMG the recording company which joined Napster in an effort to create a workable formula of the popular program, has been holding discreet beta testing of a Napster clone dubbed Snoopstar, in view of Napster's imminent demise. According to testers Snoopstar offers a user friendly interface that works by allowing users to search for music, videos and other files downloaded from various file-sharing services that include Napster, Gnutella and iMesh.

Snoopstar, whose logo features a grinning dog's face similar to Napster's cat, was quietly made available for beta testing in early February. That beta test is now over.

"Bertelsmann is clearly looking for alternatives should Napster really have to close," said Paul Myers, founder of Wippit, a U.K.-based file-sharing service, "but I don't see any advantages Snoopstar would have for them."

Napster CEO Hank Barry told German trade newspaper Net-Business that he wasn't aware of Snoopstar, but that he understood Bertelsmann's interest in such a service. "There is a great chance that Napster will just be shut down," Barry said, according to the paper. A Napster spokeswoman said Monday that Barry wouldn't comment on Snoopstar. BeCG spokesman Alexander Adler said Snoopstar would not affect BeCG's support for Napster.

The Snoopstar.com domain was registered by Matthias Runte, an executive of BeCG, Bertelsmann's e-commerce subsidiary that signed a deal with Napster last year. Interestingly, Runte also registered the Snoopster.com domain. According to Net-Business, BeCG owns 75 percent of Snoopstar.com, whose chief executive, Andreas Schmidt, is also CEO of BeCG.

Adler confirmed that Snoopstar is a Bertelsmann company, but called it "just a test project." He said the beta version of Snoopstar's technology was downloaded 1,000 times, but said "there are no further plans with Snoopstar." The company, however, posted want ads for software developers on German recruitment sites just three weeks ago.

Contrary to the principle of the peer-to-peer on which it capitalizes, Snoopstar's unified interface can be used only for searching on various services, not for offering one's own files for downloading. Beta testers of Snoopstar report that it included advertisements and links to Bertelsmann's retail music site CDNow, as well as to Barnesandnoble.com and BOL, if any given search for music turned up empty.

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Napster to become Snoopstar?

This Snoopstar is so uselessNapster is only the mp3 exchange program with most media exposure, Napster is a CONCEPT that is the consequence of years of abuse by the majors on prices!Look at these companies profits,look at the lifestyle of pop starsLook at their budget in advertising or for Music Video clips on MTVlook at these poor artists, check their bank accounts in millions of dollars and then come back to me crying for money and begging for food,.... come on!If napster dies tomorrow, nothing will change, others will rise, and as long as the majors won't control the web there is nothing their mediatic lawsuits will be able to do about itIf they want to erase piracy, they better remove CD Burners, Mini discs, tape recorders,... Replacing napster with ridiculous Snoopstar won't change anything, Free music will live and Snoopstar shall die ...the damage is done

Napster to become Snoopstar?

Hmm...I don't know what to sayBut I think snoopstar is useless and a waste of resource. I don't see any benefot they gain by using snoopstar. Perhaps they wanted to encourage everyone @ napster to use snoopstar before the current operations shuts down. So they may think minimal danage is done.Then snoopstar will take the crown, becomes popular and a new court case would begin. I say a pretty good strategie if the company takes up this idea, but rather resourceful.U know what guys, we're going to fight for Napster, I'm SICK and TIRED of seeing some of these STARS earn easy $$$ on the big screen. I wanna see how they feel when they have to work really hard to earn big money.Some artists are good, some artists are bad. Thats my conclusion.

Napster to become Snoopstar?

hmm interesting so what we have here is program that acceses other programs looking for songs therefore they can't acctualy be sued becouse all there doing is offering a search engin to look for variouse types of media available on the net..... interesting!

Napster to become Snoopstar?

I only wish that Napster becomes the world's biggest free chat service online, that way even if the .mp3 file finding feature is removed from the program the RIAA will get a slap on the face knowing that Napster will remain one way or another.

Napster to become Snoopstar?

wake upSharing media on the internet is the futureAnd somehow, I doubt any governement program, or company is going to be able to stop itI used to have genuine respect for bands like Metallica, because they were about the music.. Now.. there about money... How typical.. I didn't want to believe they sold out.. Guess I was wrong...One way or the other, free media on the net will never go away, and anyone who thinks otherwise, is living in a dream world.

Napster to become Snoopstar?

There is no stopping the rebels on the internet, f**k the government and I can still buy my favorite bands CD's... I would download a song from say, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon soundtrack and I wouldn't buy it so it's not like I'm stealing.

Napster to become Snoopstar?

I just have to say , i listen to the music but if i like the music i buy the cdwhat you all gonna if i am looking at the TV to channel MTV and i copy it on a Tape and then i have also the cd. What you gonna do close MTV??So why close napster??There are many ways too get Mp3's There allot more.

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