|OG Napster ... the original P2P MP3 place-turned-music-streaming-site is getting ready to expand globally after a long quiet period. Napster has gone through a bit of a slumber while being passed from Roxio to Best Buy to Rhapsody, and now Rhapsody is ready to move Napster into a number of European countries, the domain of Deezer and Spotify.
Which is ironic, because in the US, Rhapsody has chosen to keep Napster on the DL while promoting the Rhapsody streaming music service, no small player with 1 million paying users. Napster will move into Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Even though the dollar and the Euro aren't worth the same amount, they've chosen to offer their premium member ship for €9.99, while it is $9.99 in the US. I guess ten is a good number.
Rhapsody president Jon Irwin told Music Ally that “Right now, it’s Rhapsody in the US and Napster everywhere outside of the US. That is the way we will likely continue.”