by Mike Masnick

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mergers, music, subscription

best buy, napster, rhapsody

Merger Of The Also Rans: Rhapsody Buys Napster

from the too-late dept

With so much attention paid to the new generation of music subscription offerings, Spotify, Rdio and Mog, it appears that the last generation, Napster and Rhapsody, decided the best course of action was to join forces in bitterness at the fact no one mentions either of them any more. The two companies have gone through a variety of different owners over the past decade or so, with Rhapsody being spun out from RealNetworks last year, and Napster being under the Best Buy umbrella for a while -- where almost nothing was done to build up the service. I recognize that the two companies may be annoyed that no one cares about them any more, but I really can't see either establishing enough of a presence to get back into the conversation.

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    David (profile), 4 Oct 2011 @ 11:46am

    Re: Rhapsody

    I also liked Rhapsody, but found I was not using it much. I have changed to Spotify, and recently became a premium member. I like their Android integration better than Rhapsody's...

    It is possible to turn off the Facebook announcement of your playing Facebook's favorite song: "Ooops, I did it again", and when it comes to the always running thing, clicking close on the program closes it's window, but you can completely close the program by selecting Exit from the File menu...

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