Music sharing service Napster has released a new version of their client software for the Macintosh. The new version, Napster 1.0b2, is ready for download from Napster’s servers now. This is the first change to the software since January.
With Napster, users can search for and download MP3 audio files shared by other Napster users and play them using MP3 player software like Apple’s iTunes software. The service was once a massive repository of thousands upon thousands of distributed recordings of commercial music, but litigation brought forth by the recording industry has basically put a stop that.
The new version sports “too many bug fixes to list,” according to the developers. The software sports new “OS X style preferences,” as well.
Napster notes that sharing does not work under X as of Mac OS X 10.0.4, so you should turn it off in preferences. Sharing should work for users of older versions of Mac OS, however.
System requirements for Napster 1.0b2 call for Mac OS 8.6 or higher — it is Carbonized for OS X. If you’re running Mac OS 8.6 through 9.1, you’ll also need to have CarbonLib 1.2.5 or higher installed (the installer software will drop CarbonLib 1.3.1 on your system if it needs to).
Download Napster 1.0b2