O2 takes a Napster

O2's been a little tardy in its mobile music offering but now it's fully signed up with one of the big boys - Napster. That's clean living, God fearin

O2's been a little tardy in its mobile music offering but now it's fully signed up with one of the big boys - Napster. That's clean living, God fearing, legal Napster - not the P2P of old, so you'll be paying for them there tracks.

There are five million available, which O2 reckons is just about the biggest mobile music offering around. It's putting an introductory 99p premium on each download or, in a street cigarette lighter seller stylee, you can snare five for £4. No word on when that initial promotion will end, though.

As well as the mobile AAC track for handsets, it's throws in a WMA version of each song for downloading to a PC and transferring to any Plays For Sure MP3 player (ie anything but an iPod). Sadly there's no mention of getting access to Napster's To Go subscription service over the air but at least these downloads are for keeps.

Around 30 phones will be ready to hook up to the service from the get go this Saturday, and O2's promising more are in the pipeline.

Now where was Napster Mobile back in 2000 when we really could have made use of it?

Essentials

Napster Mobile

Price: £0.99 per track of five for £4

On sale: 15th March

Contact: O2