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Napster, AT&T in wireless music tie-up

The Napster "Cat" logo in a file photo. Napster and AT&T said on Monday that they had agreed to a deal to provide some of the top U.S. phone company's wireless and high-speed Internet customers with free digital music. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Napster Inc. NAPS.O and AT&T Inc. T.N said on Monday that they had agreed to a deal to provide some of the top U.S. phone company's wireless and high-speed Internet customers with free digital music.

The service will be available beginning April 1 and will enable qualifying users unlimited access for one year to more than 3 million song tracks through Napster To Go. Those customers can transfer some tunes to compatible wireless phones and music devices.

The offer is available to qualifying new or existing AT&T wireless customers outside of the AT&T’s traditional 22-state territory who agree to a two-year wireless agreement with purchase of the SYNC phone by Samsung, or the BlackJack phone.

Shares of Napster climbed 40 cents, or 10.5 percent, to close at $4.22 on Nasdaq.

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