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  • Life's Rich Pageant

    • 8 out of 10
    • R.E.M.
    • In the long series of R.E.M.'s evolution, this album (finally?) showcases their ability to capture on tape what had been happening in the live for years: heartfelt, sweat-filled performances that just
  • Mezzanine

    • 6 out of 10
    • Massive Attack
    • "Black Milk" knocks me off my feet in this collection of moody and eclectic songs. Massive Attack uses samples and keyboards in a very unique way, but not all the songs pack the same punch.

  • How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

    • 6 out of 10
    • U2
    • U2's latest entry is a mostly underwhelming collection of songs that does very little to sound any different from its equally pedestrian predecessor, 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind." While

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    • 8 out of 10
    • Nine Inch Nails
    • For years I wanted to make music that sounded like something between Love and Rockets and Ministry. In 1989, Trent Reznor beat me to it with this genre-defining album, and it smacked me upside the hea
  • 2112

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    • Rush
    • We all know it, right? Well, ya just gotta have it. 2112 finally showed Rush out on their own, doing their own thing, and doing it well, IMHO.

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Napster Goes to the Chopping Block

Napster, the music subscription service that started life as an unlicensed music sharing system, is up for sale. Forbes reports that the company hired the investment banking firm UBS to negotiate a possible sale. Napster claims there has been some "third party interest" in buying the company.

Napster has been unable to turn a profit, or to make a dent in Apple's iTunes Store - the current market leader in legit music downloads. Most recently, Napster unsuccessfully tried its hand at advertising-based music streaming.

The company's future looks even more bleak now that Microsoft is launching its own Zune music download and subscription service. Prior to announcing its closed-system Zune player and download combo, Microsoft highlighted Napster as a partner, and at one point even featured the service in its Windows Media Player application. In the past year, Microsoft began highlighting MTV's music service over Napster.

Now that Microsoft is competing directly with Napster, the company has little chance of maintaining its dwindling user base, making it a prime candidate for a bargain-basement catch. That is, if UBS can swing the deal.

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