Circuit City Teams with Napster to Launch New Digital Music Service; Circuit City + Napster Will Provide Exclusive Content and New Releases Weekly



    RICHMOND, Va., April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Building on the
 combination of strong offerings of both music CDs and MP3 players, Circuit
 City Stores, Inc. today announced that it is joining with Napster (Nasdaq:  
 NAPS) to offer a new digital music service, Circuit City + Napster, for
 consumers to explore and enjoy music.
     The new service will be powered by Napster's award-winning digital
 music subscription service and will include all the same great music
 discovery and community features such as personalized recommendations,
 message boards, and the ability to browse other members' collections and
 share music and play lists. In addition, all customers at Circuit City +
 Napster will enjoy continuing access to exclusive songs and new releases on
 a weekly basis.
     Starting April 29, 2007, consumers can sign up for Circuit City +
 Napster at www.circuitcity.com/napster and gain unlimited access to
 millions of songs on their PCs and compatible digital music devices for
 $14.95 per month. New subscribers will receive the first month of access
 free of charge, along with five free song downloads. Consumers will also
 find information about Circuit City + Napster and the introductory offer at
 Circuit City stores nationwide and on Circuitcity.com.
     In addition to the unlimited access that digital music subscription
 empowers, Circuit City + Napster customers can purchase individual song
 downloads at 99-cents each. Pre-paid download cards can also be purchased
 in- store and online in bundles of 15, 25 or 60 tracks.
     "Our goal with music and movies is to excite and inspire our customers
 to fully enjoy their portable and in-home electronics, and we're thrilled
 to enter this strategic relationship with Napster," said Irynne V. MacKay,
 Circuit City's senior vice president and general merchandise manager for
 entertainment. "Circuit City + Napster will offer our customers a new
 avenue to find, share and delight in music. Increasingly, consumers are
 turning to the digital environment for entertainment and this new service
 will give our customers easy access to the content they want, when and how
 they choose to enjoy it."
     "We are delighted to create this new alliance with Circuit City which
 is one of the top destinations in the U.S. to learn about exciting, new
 digital entertainment products," said Chris Gorog, chairman & CEO of
 Napster. "Circuit City's strength both in consumer electronics and as a
 music retailer should be an ideal environment to introduce Napster's
 industry leading music subscription service."
     To celebrate the new digital music service, Circuit City will host an
 event on April 29, coinciding with the annual meeting of the National
 Association of Recording Merchandisers.
     About Circuit City:
     Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE:   CC) is a leading specialty retailer of
 consumer electronics and related services. The domestic segment operates
 through 643 Superstores and 12 other locations in 158 U.S. markets. The
 international segment operates through approximately 800 retail stores and
 dealer outlets in Canada. Circuit City also operates Web sites at
 http://www.circuitcity.com, http://www.thesource.ca and
 http://www.firedog.com.
     About Napster:
     Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate interactive
 music experience. With an expanding roster of offerings including free,
 Web- based music listening and sharing, subscription and portable
 subscription services, and an advanced mobile music platform, Napster
 creates better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy music -- anytime,
 anywhere. Napster is headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in
 Frankfurt, Luxembourg, New York, San Diego, San Jose and Tokyo.
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SOURCE Circuit City Stores, Inc.
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