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The online music industry may be playing a new tune, as Listen.com buys file-swapping site Scour and sources say Napster's surprise deal with Berlesmann could lead to a radical overhaul of the service.

 

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The online music industry may be playing a new tune, as Listen.com buys file-swapping site Scour and sources say Napster's surprise deal with Bertelsmann could lead to a radical overhaul of the service.

"This is the end of Napster."

- Michael Robertson, MP3.com chief executive

 


Can Napster survive the Bertelsmann deal?
video Bertelsmann loaned Napster just over $50 million for a restricted right to take a controlling interest in the company, sources say, in a deal that could lead to a radical overhaul of the service.

Listen.com agrees to acquire file-swapping site Scour
update The online music site reaches an agreement to buy the assets of file-swapping company Scour, which filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Listen's Scour deal still faces scrub test
Listen.com, which has agreed to buy key assets of controversial file-swapping company Scour, has a few shoals to navigate before it can find passage to the peer-to-peer world.

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Napster deal doesn't end threat of shutdown
The surprise deal between Bertelsmann and Napster is unlikely to derail a lawsuit that threatens to close the music-swapping service in the short term, experts say.