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  • Best Buy to acquire Napster

    Best Buy to acquire Napster

    Best Buy will be acquiring Napster for around $121 million as the two companies have announced they’ve “entered into a definitive merger agreement” for Best Buy to scoop up all of Napster’s outstanding shares at $2.65. The deal will include all 700,000 Napster subscribers, Napster’s web-based platform, and key employees. Best Buy already has a digital music initiative… Read More

  • Best Buy Puzzles With Napster Acquisition

    Best Buy Puzzles With Napster Acquisition

    Best Buy announced today that it has acquired Napster for $121 million in cash. The company said that it will keep Napster's executive team and will leave the Napster service and its estimated 700,000 users in place without changing much in the near-term. During the 2008 fiscal year ending March 31, Napster had revenue of $127.5 million, and a loss of $16.5 million. The loss was an improvement… Read More

  • Apple Considers Streaming Media from iTunes to iPhone

    Apple Considers Streaming Media from iTunes to iPhone

    AppleInsider has posted details about a patent recently filed by Apple that describes technology for playing iTunes content from a desktop computer remotely on an iPhone or iPod touch. The new software would load only meta data about songs, videos, and other media onto a handheld device. It would then allow users to stream this media from their desktop computers on demand and even let them… Read More

  • Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store

    Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store

    Streaming music service Rhapsody has joined the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Napster by launching an MP3 store. Its move to offer unprotected music downloads has been anticipated since last Fall when Real Networks joined forces with MTV and Verizon. The Rhapsody MP3 Store offers music from all four major labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI) at 99 cents per single… Read More

  • New Napster store features 6 million DRM-free tracks

    New Napster store features 6 million DRM-free tracks

    Napster’s had it up to here (pointing near the top of my head) and wants to regain its position as the King of Online Music. The new Napster web store opened its doors today and features six million DRM-free tracks, most for 99 cents apiece and most full albums for $9.99, according to Reuters. You can still opt for subscription pricing at around $15 per month if you have a Napster-to-Go… Read More

  • I Am Failing To Get Excited About Napster's 6 Million Songs

    Napster just announced that they are now selling their entire catalog of 6 million songs for $0.99/each, no DRM. And for some reason I’m having trouble getting excited about it (CNET, however, has more than enough excitement for both of us, saying “This is a huge day for digital music.” Whatever.) The fact is that Napster is still unprofitable and still makes most of its revenue… Read More

  • Metallica thinking about jumping on the online distribution bandwagon

    Metallica thinking about jumping on the online distribution bandwagon

    They used to be good. Metallica gave hints in an interview with Rolling Stone that it will follow the Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead model of Internet-based music distribution. (You can already download live show MP3s and FLACs, for the record.) Says Lars Ulrich: We’ve been observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor and in twenty-seven years or however long it takes for the next record, we’ll… Read More

  • Canceling Music Services 101

    Canceling Music Services 101

    Eliot Van Buskirk was sick — sick! — of paying for music download services. Now that Amazon is DRM-free and offers lots of music, he decided to cancel all of his music subscriptions. Yahoo was the easiest at about 1 minute but it took him 30 minutes to cancel Napster and 10 minutes to cancel Rhapsody. This reminds me of trying to cancel my XBox Live and MS SPOT subscriptions. Microsoft… Read More

  • Samsung SLM is the first with Napster Mobile

    Samsung SLM is the first with Napster Mobile

    Sorry for the delay, folks. I was busy fondling my Kindle yesterday and seemed to have left this one slip through the cracks. AT&T and Samsung announced the SLM yesterday, which is the first phone to feature Napster Mobile. On top of that it also has video share (3G!), stereo Bluetooth, and a 2-megapixel camera. Internal memory is a bit skimpy at only 50MB split between media and photos. The… Read More

  • Napster and AT&T team up to woo valuable "nobody" market by selling music over the air at $1.99 a song

    Napster and AT&T team up to woo valuable "nobody" market by selling music over the air at $1.99 a song

    Hey, hipsters! Put down your hacky-sacks for a few minutes and hear me lay down this smack! AT&T (the “Fun Network”) and Napster (“The service you used to steal all your music from”) are teaming up to offer 5 million songs over the air for $7.49 a month for 5 songs per month or $1.99 per single. What’s that, cool kittens and kiddios? That’s too much for a… Read More