Napster tailors to your taste

You can't buy Alan Partridge's brilliant performance of Knowing Me, Knowing You on Napster, but it'd make a great theme tune for the download store's

You can't buy Alan Partridge's brilliant performance of Knowing Me, Knowing You on Napster, but it'd make a great theme tune for the download store's new software.

Out today, Napster 3.5 adds a whole bunch of new features, the biggest and most exciting being personalisation.

It now tracks and analyses what music you've been playing on Napster - be that songs ripped to your own hard drive or tunes streamed from the store - and builds a homepage with daily recommendations. Yep, a lot like Amazon's The Page You Made.

So, if you listen to a whole lot of 50 Cent (pictured), you'll be offered up gangster rap royalty such as DMX, Notorious B.I.G and Nas. Stream a tractor-full of folk through Napster's radio stations and you'll likely be told to check out Neil Young's back catalogue, Gemma Hayes' newest album and other acoustic aces.

The personalisation element isn't the only new bit on 3.5. There's also an improved 'recently played' list which extends to your last 200 songs, better classical listings - a much needed feature if our Beethoven lovers are to be believed - and wider 'if you liked this, you'll like...' recommendations.

The new version of Napster's currently only available as the standalone media player from www.napster.co.uk; an update of the Windows Media Player plug-in is expected very shortly. We're clarifying that with Napster and will have confirmation for you later today.

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