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Napster partner with Samsung and AT&T

AT&T, Samsung and Napster (opens in new tab) are coming together to challenge Apple's iPhone with whom http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/specials/iPhoneCenter.html AT&T already has an exclusive contract.

Samsung will release a new phone called the SLM which will allow customers to download music and videos from a catalogue of more than five million different songs and videos.

The clam-shelled phone itself features (opens in new tab) an uninspiring 2 megapixels digital camera with a 512MB memory and a 176x220 pixel TFT colour screen.

AT&T has also partnered with Pandora on other selected phone models and plans.

Dailytech reports though that Napster (opens in new tab) is quickly burning money and has lost around USD 73 m in venture capital.

The Napster service costs GBP 3.75 for five track downloads which is higher than one would expect to pay for iTunes and the phone itself costs USD 150 with a contract agreement.

Neither Napster nor Samsung have unveiled plans to extend this offer to Europe and beyond.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.