Re: Napster

  • From: "Norma A. Boge-Conyers" <naboge@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 21:32:52 -0600

Hi, I'm using Napster, I think it's the latest version, with Jaws 7 Pro and so far I am able to search for music and purchase individual tracks or entire albums. I am a Napster Light member, which means I do not pay a monthly fee but instead pay for singles or albums individually. I have not had the problems with license files, etc. that Michael G. wrote about, but I suspect this is because we have differing levels of membership. Although this new Napster version is a little harder to navigate with Jaws, to me it does not present difficulties which will stop me from using the service. Obviously, this might be different for someone else, depending on their level of skill. I would be happy to assist someone with Napster if they wish to contact me, and with the understanding that I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination. Best, Norma

At 05:32 PM 12/26/2005, you wrote:


The last time I used Napster was about 6 or 8 months ago and I was using Jaws 6.0. At that time, the accessibility was about a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Quite a bit of Jaws cursor usage was required but I was able to search for songs and purchase them without too much trouble. I stopped using it though when I found out Napster was fooling around with files on my computer. Every time you purchase a song off of Napster, a license file is placed on your computer as well. That in of itself wasn't a big deal. I was able to listen to the music and I was even able to listen to them with Winamp. Then one day nothing worked anymore, at least as far as Winamp goes. My music wouldn't play in Winamp any longer. This was critical since I preferred to use Winamp for a couple of reasons. One, it is very accessible with Jaws. Two, I have an MP3 player that I like to copy my music onto so I would use Winamp to convert the Napster tracks from WMA files into MP3 files, which would work with my MP3 player. The DRM protection that is included in all Napster tracks wouldn't let the songs be played on my MP3 player even though my player does have the ability to play WMA files. Well, to make a long story short, Napster altered all the license files that were on my computer that made using Winamp impossible. I was forced to use Windows Media player which I can't stand. Plus, I don't think you can purchase one song at a time any longer. You now have to purchase their monthly subscription. Once you end your subscription, none of the music you download from them will work. With all the bad experiences I've had with these guys, I wouldn't recommend using them.

Michael ----- Original Message ----- From: <mailto:mouki@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>Mike Babcock To: <mailto:jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, December 26, 2005 7:25 AM Subject: Napster

has anyone used Napster with jaws 6.2, how does it work? I dont want to pay for it if it does not work.
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