Rhapsody music service has bought Napster, in a move to boost its subscriber count. Napster has been fairly quiet this Summer, and even though Pandora, Spotify, MOG, Rdio and the rest have all been bathing in their Facebook magnificence, Napster has been quiet. Now we know why.
So what will the new nickname be for this combination? Nhapsody? Rapster? Rapster sounds so bad. Strangely enough, Rhapsody has yet to mention what this will bring their subscriber count to, but at last check it was 800,000 Rhapsody users in July, before the Napster deal.
Rhapsody has the largest number of paying subscribers of any of the online streaming music services, and is obviously looking to pad its user count, and this is one way to do it. "Rhapsody will acquire Napster subscribers and certain other assets, and Best Buy will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody," reads the press release. They'll wrap things up before the end of the year, but there's no mention of how quickly the Napster nation will be migrated into the Rhapsody tent.
The Rhapsody app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, BlackBerry and Android mobile platforms. Their subscriber plans (Rhapsody Premier and Rhapsody Premier Plus) are available from $10 - $15, and the Rhapsody app is free.
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