Napster to Charge $5 Subscription Fee
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Apparently it's official: Napster will soon start charging users a $5 per month subscription fee.
"The fee is necessary to pay the musicians' copyrights," Konrad Hilbers -- who took the reins of the struggling song swapping company from outgoing Chief Executive Officer Hank Barry -- told German "stern" magazine in an interview which was published this Wednesday.
Hilbers came to Naptster in June from a position as executive vice president with Germany's Bertelsmann AG, parent of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and a recent investor in Napster. Hilbers was the chief administrative officer for BMG Entertainment.
"In principle," however, everything will remain "like it was before," Hilbers told the magazine.