Napster Is Making A Comeback
If you’re reading this, you probably grew up in the Limewire/Kazaa/Napster/Ares(my personal favorite) era of on-demand music. The only difference between then and now was that those services were completely free. Oh, and illegal. Almost all of the p2p sites were swiftly shut down as anti-piracy caught up with the times.
Napster became a cultural icon for starting the music piracy revolution – that’s a tough reputation to shake. It seems that Napster – now owned by Rhapsody – will rise to the challenge and return as a paid music service. The Napster rebirth is currently available in Canada only, and offer streaming music and offline playback for $9.99 (that’s $7.65 US). The new service is available on iOS, Android, Sonos, Chromecast, the web, and Windows Phone platforms. With the massive success of Spotify, Pandora, and most recently Apple Music, it will be interesting to see how the
legal new Napster does in the streaming music market.