CEO: Napster To Be Subscription Service by Year's End

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ASPEN, Colo. — In his first public appearance as the chief executive of Napster Inc., Konrad Hilbers promised Tuesday that the embattled file-swapping service would start offering subscriptions later this year.

Mr. Hilbers told a summit of high-tech leaders that Napster would be back online as soon as it fully complies with a court ruling to remove all copyrighted material from its site and can effectively police itself to make sure none is being traded.

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