Oakland-based Uplister.com has won several large independent labels' support for a new music subscription service, one that would let users create and download customized groups of songs.
The Uplister offering, which is expected to be announced today, is the latest sign of the momentum building in the music industry for fee-based online services. Users of the Uplister service would pay $10 a month to download an unlimited number of songs, although the songs couldn't be moved from their computers.
Meanwhile, the erstwhile king of online music services, Napster Inc., won a temporary reprieve Wednesday from a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The panel set aside a federal judge's order that barred Napster from resuming its song-swapping service until it had done more to guard against piracy.
The Redwood City, Calif., company did not restore its service immediately, however, and officials offered no clues as to when users might be able to trade songs again.