Internet music company Napster Inc. terminated its chief operating officer, Laura Goldberg, on Friday and announced that it had formed a partnership with Hewlett Packard Co.


The Los Angeles-based Internet music retailer named Christopher Allen as Goldberg's replacement effective Monday. No reason for Goldberg's termination was released.


Allen previously served as vice president for video rental chain Blockbuster Inc.'s Blockbuster Online.


Separately, Napster said it Monday that it entered into a marketing partnership with Palo Alto-based computer and printer company Hewlett Packard to have H-P's Pavilion and Compaq Presario desktop and notebook computers in the United Kingdom and Germany pre-loaded with access to Napster's music subscription service. Napster added that the service will include a free introductory one-month subscription to the Napster music service. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed.


Shares in Napster were down 9 cents, or 3 percent, to $2.81 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq.

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