Napster has released a public beta version of Napster for the Macintosh.

Like its PC-based namesake, Napster for Mac allows MP3s to be downloaded, and Napster aficionados can share their music collections with the world.

The software can search for files posted by other Napster devotees. It also features chat services, buddy lists, file-transfer management, a console mode, and file information is editable.

The application does not play MP3s – dedicated MP3 software, such as Cassady & Greene's SoundJam, is required for this. Napster for Mac beta is Mac OS X compatible, according to the company.

The software is available as a free download from Napster.