CCN reports that Napster will offer prepaid cards as a means to pay for the music that users download. The Napster Card will cost $14.85, entitling the user to 15 downloads.
The company is aiming the card at teen-agers without credit cards and parents who want to give the gift of legal music downloads. The card features the familiar Napster "kitty" logo and is activated at the point of purchase.
So, with the end of the 'everything for free-era' on the Internet, we now see the rise of pre-paid mechanisms to allow controlled spending on the web.