Chris Gorog, CEO of Napster, is in bullish mood having captured a potential 350,000 new subscribers from a deal with AOL in the US. The deal means that AOL will abandon its plans to develop its own digital music subscription system based upon its involvement with MusicNet and instead will co-badge a Napster service.

The US-only deal will make Napster the number one subscription service if all the AOL members move across. In the US, Rhapsody is a strong subscription player (roughly 1.5 million subscribers) and has a bigger member base but its offering also includes sports, games and other services.

Oh, and there was the usual ‘Apple harms the consumer blah blah blah’ from Gorog.