AOL and Napster have announced that Napster will become the exclusive music subscription provider integrated into AOL Music, replacing AOL Music Now. The two companies will work together to migrate approximately 350,000 paid subscribers of the Music Now service to Napster's digital music subscription service. Additionally, AOL will promote Napster with links to the Napster service throughout AOL's free music site, AOL Music, a music destination on the web.
Music Now customers are being notified that their music accounts will be migrated to Napster unless they opt out. In order to enjoy uninterrupted service, Music Now customers will be able to use their current member ID and password to access the Napster subscription service, and their billing information will be securely transferred directly to Napster. In addition, Napster will re-create migrating customers' existing personal Music Now music libraries, including any original playlists they have created and saved. Napster also will retain Music Now's current pricing tiers for migrating subscribers and transfer any pre-paid track credits they have in their accounts. AOL and Napster expect to complete the service migration within the next 60 days.