First results from the partnership are expected to be seen later this year when a portable audio player is launched to coincide with the start of the Napster 2.0 service, the two companies said in a statement. Far from its roots as a center for the trade of audio files, the second generation service will allow people to purchase and download music from a catalog of 500,000 songs, according to Roxio. The company is working with five major record companies to operate the service.

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