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  • Napster Releases iOS App


    Napster, the former outlaw peer-to-peer file sharing service turned Best Buy subsidiary, now has an iOS app that will provide legal streaming access to the 10 million-plus tracks in the company's catalog. While the app is free, you do need to pay a monthly subscription, and downloaded songs will evaporate once you stop paying. The app's functions are minimal, but it's a pretty good option if you've been waiting for a US version of Spotify or iTunes-in-the-cloud.

    You may recall that Napster had gotten into hot water back at the turn of the century when they were sued by a bunch of record labels for copyright infringement. The company eventually went legit and got bought up by Best Buy, and now has nearly a million users and over 10 million tracks including brand new releases as well as Billboard hits going all the way back to 1955. The mobile service allows subscribers to stream music to their browser or to the app, and you can search for tracks or artists, play and save songs, and make playlists as well as stream pre-made playlists already on Napster. There's also "Automix," Napster's version of the familiar Genius/Pandora/Last.fm-style auto-generated playlist.

    The "Napster plus Mobile Access" subscription will run you $10 per month, or you can buy a yearly plan for $96. This will give you unlimited access to Napster's catalog on your iOS device or on the web from any browser, but any songs you saved will only be playable for as long as you keep your membership current.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Napster Releases iOS App started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Its nice that you can pay by the month or year... would I want this app? No....
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      This is a little too late.
    1. jhtapia's Avatar
      jhtapia -
      The app doesn't look appealing enough to pay for the service.
    1. Superman0069's Avatar
      Superman0069 -
      Wickety Wack! lol
    1. Ven0M0D's Avatar
      Ven0M0D -
      why pay for this? just use pandora? this is a little too late, you r absolutely correct zozodouce
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Its nice that you can pay by the month or year... would I want this app? No....
      Id like it if itunes did this, but I don't want to be paying for iTunes and napster. Wasn't the point of Napster to save you money


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    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      No thank..
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      does anyone use napster?
    1. Bowi1612's Avatar
      Bowi1612 -
      It's a nice song though, but I'm also not gonna use this app
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      Quote Originally Posted by leathelisor View Post
      does anyone use napster?
      I do believe the article stated that there were nearly one million users so yea I think so...

      Not that I'll be getting this app.
    1. c00l0ne66's Avatar
      c00l0ne66 -
      this is oldschool!!! Id rather use Pandora,Aol Radio,Iheart radio or even slackers...etc...etc....
    1. metalmaster420's Avatar
      metalmaster420 -
      'Subscription required' appz = ugh! Streaming tunes don't sound as good (too much file compression) anyways, plus whenever I need music I just hit up usenet. = Fail.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I thought Napster went bankrupt after the Metallica lawsuit...but, now I know what happened to them now.

      I won't get this app. Their fees are outrageous!
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      i downloaded the app then asked me for all this credit card info blah blah blah..soon as i saw the credit card info i gave up an deleted the app didnt want to bother with..just use pandora
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Napster has actually been doing pretty good lately as an alternative to iTunes. This is just an iOS portal for current customers mainly, much like Netflix and Hulu+ have their own "free" apps (that require a monthly subscription as well). So cool for people who use Napster, for us that don't it's another app we can skip.
    1. sharkonland's Avatar
      sharkonland -
      never thought id see the day when napster runs on an iphone
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      I'm actually really considering this.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      UI doesnt look as good as rdio. I think I will just stick with it
    1. gotham187's Avatar
      gotham187 -
      No need for Napster, Mewseek is the bee's knees! .....I just noticed that Mewseek even stole the Napster cat logo.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      All you people comparing it to Pandora don't get it: It's subscription music that plays SPECIFICALLY what you want ON DEMAND. Go take out your rage on commercial sat radio service if you want, which can only play a genre you want, but a Napster to Go or Napster streaming subscription is different. Ever hear of Zune Pass? That's what this is for compatible players. The iPhone and iPod are not thanks to Apple wanting to force iTunes on you, so that is the ONLY reason why the app streams. With other compatible players, you can sign up for Napster to Go and download LITERALLY millions of tracks for your monthly fee and play them OFFLINE on your compatible digital audio player. This app lets people who already have subscriptions access them on a device that will never support them directly and it does so by streaming. That is the only reason it streams so comparing it to Pandora is just stupid.

      Heck, you can even use it on any WMA player if you know how to break the DRM. I'm not saying you should because that's probably why Raphsody and Yahoo Unlimited quit doing Janus subscription-based services. Microsoft basically abandoned it once FairUse4WM arrived and moved on to a proprietary subscription service for Zune.