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Napster Merges With Rhapsody

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Napster Merges With Rhapsody
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It’s a sad day for fans of old school file-sharing, as Napster is no more.

Starting yesterday, Napster officially began merging with Rhapsody, the largest on-demand music service in the United States. Back in October, Best Buy, the parent company of Napster, agreed to sale to Rhapsody for an undisclosed amount of money.

This deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market,” said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody. “There’s substantial value in bringing Napster’s subscribers and robust IP portfolio to Rhapsody as we execute on our strategy to expand our business via direct acquisition of members and distribution deals.

Combining the subscriber bases of the two largest on-demand music services will allow Rhapsody to further enhance it’s offerings, and try their damnedest to stay ahead of Spotify (where Napster co-founder, Sean Parker, is a major investor). According to Adam Parness, the senior director of music licensing for Rhapsody, they’ve seen an increase in subscriptions for the service since Spotify came state side. “We have seen tremendous growth since spotify came onto U.S. soil,” he said. “It validates our model.

It’s unclear how many subscribers Rhapsody gained, seeing how the merger is now complete.

What are some of your memories of Napster? Will it be remembered fondly? Let us know your thoughts in the comment area below.

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  • Paula Kling Luciano

    In one hour of being a Rhapsody customer I lost 54 songs and 4 that I paid for through Napster and because we received no notice this was happening we had no time to go into our Napster account to get records of what we paid for but so far 3 we bought are not available and i know there are more because it has been 5 years.- so money we spent to have these songs forever are lost to us. My husband tried to save some of our stuff but Rhapsody has taken over with licensing crap. We have lost 5 years of creating play lists for parties and downloading songs. Rhapsody to me is not that big because Napster had more agreements and more songs available. I understand customer service speaks no english so i will let my spanish speaking husband deal with them tomorrow. but they owe us a lot of money for every song we bought with napster. And we are going to look into I Tunes because letting some company I never heard of decide what I can listen to and when is UNCOOL.

    • Paul S.

      Wow! I thought I was the only one. Just last week I renewed my subscription with Napster for another 3 months and now that payment is void!I’m so friggin hurt! Over 6 years worth of music down the friggin drain and I am extremely pissed. They gave us no notice nor any options. I tried calling but it took so long waiting to speak with someone that my phone died. I emailed them but go no response. Any help with this matter would be greatly appreciated.