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Digital music research company Webnoize reported that for the week ending March 22, total unique users to Napster dropped 25 percent, from 1.49 million to 1.13 million. To comply with a March 5 federal court injunction, Napster has been pulling more than 200,000 songs from its search index, though the company continues to dispute the quality of itscompliance with suit plaintiffs Bertelsmann's BMG, EMI, Sony's Sony Music Entertainment, Vivendi's Universal Music Group and AOLTime Warner's Warner Music Group. Separately, the company has expressed interest in purchasing music recommendation site Gigabeat. -- Bonnie Tsui

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