Full circle: Napster sells MP3s in the spring

Billboard.biz reports Napster will sell unprotected MP3s in the spring. I don’t know how Napster works these days, but I find it odd Napster would restrict subscribers to copy-protected content, while allowing ala carte customers access to the same content protection-free. Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Sony BMG, meanwhile, announced it would roll out its digital music cards, which can be redeemed for unprotected MP3s at MusicPass.com. The inaugural titles aren’t terribly impressive, but then again, I’m not the target audience. Buying a card to scratch off gunk to get at a pin number to enter for access to … monku, monku, monku. Just give me a link and a buy button, dammit.