Posts tagged napster
Posts tagged napster
A brief article talking about the Rhapsody/Napster merger.
Rhapsody isn’t using the free music strategy most of its competitors are. Instead they’re looking for partnerships with Metro PCS, their purchase of Napster, and potential partnerships with cable providers to strengthen their service. Follow the link for a Business Insider article.
Hey Napster users, did you know they finally released an iPad app for Napster? This was greatly overshadowed by the recent news that Rhapsody is buying them out.
It’s unlikely the app will survive the transition, but with any luck Rhapsody will be coming out with their own iPad/tablet optimized app in the near future.
In the meantime if you head over to the App Store and download the Napster iPad app. It’s not particularly lovely to look at, but is quite functional and has a few nice touches. Enjoy it while it lasts!
There are several excellent choices for music subscription services in the US (and to a lesser extent in other countries as well.) All cost about the same, offer similar features, and finding out which one is best for you can be a challenge.
Spotify’s entrance into the US market has made this somewhat easier by forcing most of the other services to offer a more robust no-cost service level to match the options it offers. But it can still be difficult to make an informed decision because these free levels don’t always offer all that each service has in terms of features.
This is the first of two articles that will provide an overview of the weaknesses (this article) and then the strengths (the second article) for each of the major subscription services available in the US. These will be fairly quick bullet-point lists, and can be elaborated upon in the comments (if any).
Slacker: library size
rdio: library size
Napster: it’s going away
Rhapsody: cost / playlist generation
Spotify: Mobile app feature set
Mog: Limited Feature Sets (both desktop and mobile)
Now that we’ve reviewed the most important deficiencies in each service, keep an eye out for the next post (coming in a few days) that’ll outline what is best about each of them. The good news is that all of these services are surprisingly good, and in each case the good definitely outweighs the bad. The bad news is it makes deciding between them more difficult, but that’s a good problem to have!
This is huge news for anyone using Napster (and possibly Rhapsody users as well, depending on how they merge the two.) Click the link above for an article with initial details.
According to this article on FT Tech Hub Spotify is now saying they have over 2 million subscribers in total, 400,000 of which are in the US. That would make them 1/2 the size of Rhapsody, but they’ve reached that size after only a couple months of availability.
The upcoming tighter integration with Facebook will be interesting to watch in order to see how many new subscribers might then join. However other music services like Rhapsody, Mog, rdio, and more will all be piling on the Facebook wagon too.
Napster rolled out some new sharing capabilities a couple days ago that make sharing songs, albums, etc. with friends from your mobile device easier.
One interesting feature: Napster lets anyone listen to up to 25 songs for free per month, so even if your friends aren’t currently Napster subscribers they’ll still be able to listen to up to 25 of your shared songs per month.
One label’s not-so-positive reaction to Spotify and how it thinks it affects their artists.
Although this article doesn’t mention it, these artists’ work still appears on Rhapsody, Mog, Rdio, and Napster. Does this mean these services pay the artists better, or is the label merely trying to get more money out of Spotify?
Back when I started this blog, one of my first posts was an explanation of why I think using music subscription services is a good idea. With the recent huge amount of publicity given to Spotify’s launch, I’m seeing lots of the old canards surfacing when people discuss it (“I’d rather own than rent”, “Why pay when I can use Pandora/LastFM/etc.”, and others).
I thought it would be a good time to link to this initial post. Even though the “landscape” has changed a bit, especially with Spotify’s generous free level of service, most of my points are still relevant, so I thought I’d resurface it again.
The Echo Nest can help music services integrate some really, really cool music discovery and navigation features into their product. Whenever I’ve used anything based on Echo Nest’s technology it’s always worked well and been lots of fun. With any luck services like Spotify, Rhapsody, Napster and others will integrate with them and provide some killer features in the future.
Mog’s “Artist Radio” feature uses them, and in my opinion it’s one of their greatest strengths. It’s an excellent example of a simple-to-use yet very powerful and enjoyable feature that benefits the user.