Napster uses IBM/Linux technology for music delivery

In an effort to help its large-scale customers conserve bandwidth and speed up the delivery of online music, Napster is using open standards technology from IBM as part of a cache-management system, the company announced Wednesday.

The Super Peer application, which is available now, is aimed at institutions, ISPs (Internet service providers) and businesses that provide Napster's digital music service to end-users. The application uses eServer BladeCenter systems from IBM that run on Linux and allows digital music files from Napster to be stored in on-site servers rather than delivered over the Internet, Napster said.

According to the company, customers such as the University of Rochester, in New York, can use the application to optimize its network and computing infrastructure as well as limit system vulnerability while offering the student population unlimited, authorized access to the Napster Premium music service.

IBM is working with Napster to implement the application on its systems and is also providing installation, support and managed services for Super Peer, the company said. Napster, which is owned by Roxio Inc., in Santa Clara, California, and IBM, based in Armonk, New York, did not disclose any financial details of the agreement.

Representatives from Napster and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment.

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