SOURCE: Napster

January 28, 2008 06:00 ET

Napster and Ericsson Roll-Out New Mobile Music Service for Telecom Italia -- Italy's Largest Telecommunication Group

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Napster (NASDAQ: NAPS) today announced the launch of the Napster Mobile music service with Telecom Italia through its mobile brand TIM, the leading mobile carrier serving the Italian market with over 35 million subscribers.

Co-developed by Ericsson and Napster for the Italian market, Napster Mobile is a premium music service offering an array of features and personalized content, including ringtones, artist images, wallpaper and access to Napster Mobile's catalog of more than 5 million songs. Napster Mobile also offers dual-delivery for simultaneous downloads to a subscriber's PC and mobile phone, a unique feature that provides users the convenience of downloading songs directly to their phones with a high-fidelity copy of the song available to download on their PCs.

Under the agreement, Ericsson's responsibilities include systems integration, operation, maintenance and content management of Napster Mobile for TIM. The service is available now.

"Entering the Italian market is an exciting milestone," said Brad Duea, president of Napster. "By partnering with Ericsson and TIM we can offer a superior music experience and make our extensive catalog available to Italian consumers for the first time."

"We are proud to be the first in Italy to offer the world-class music service Napster Mobile," said Riccardo Jelmini, Head of mobile VAS of Telecom Italia. "Ericsson's solution allows us a quick, cost-efficient and simple way to launch this service, which gives our customers easy access to first-rate, feature-rich music services and will also expand our subscriber base."

"The marriage of Napster's innovative music service and Ericsson's technological leadership and operational expertise helps operators bring attractive new services to market easily and cost-effectively," said Cesare Avenia, President, Ericsson Italy.

Napster Mobile is linked to the Sony Ericsson Walkman series mobile phones via its music recognition application. Some models also offer a soft-key on the display for convenient access to Napster Mobile.

About Ericsson's managed services offering

Ericsson has the telecom industry's most comprehensive managed services offering. It ranges from designing, building, operating and managing day-to-day operations of a customer's network, including end-user services and business support systems, to hosting service applications and content, as well as providing network coverage and capacity on demand. As the undisputed leader in managed services, Ericsson has officially announced more than 100 managed services contracts with operators worldwide since 2002. In all current managed services contracts, excluding hosting, Ericsson is managing networks that together serve more than 160 million subscribers worldwide.

About Napster

Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate in interactive music experiences, creating better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy music -- anytime, anywhere. The company's offerings include "Napster" ( -- the most popular, on-demand music subscription service in the world; "Freenapster" (, a unique Web experience offering free, on-demand music legally in the U.S.; and "Napster Mobile," one of the industry's fastest growing mobile music platforms, providing the premier mobile music experience for customers in ten global markets. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Napster's services are available in markets across North America, Europe and Japan.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release, in particular matters related to Napster's relationship with Ericsson and wireless carriers and compatibility with mobile phones, are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties such as our limited operating history; failure to develop new products and services; flaws inherent in our products or services; decreased demand for our products and services; failure of our products to interoperate with the hardware products of our customers; the adoption of mobile platforms as a method of digital music purchase, including the rate of adoption of music-enabled mobile phones compatible with the Company's service offerings; intense and varied competition; failure to maintain relationships with strategic partners and content providers; and general economic conditions; that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Additional information on these and other factors are contained in Napster's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC onNovember 1, 2007, copies of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at Napster assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release.

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