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by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
mergers, music, subscription

Companies:
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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    froonium, 4 Oct 2011 @ 1:55pm

    What to call em?

    Rhapster now? Considering the direction they seem to be going, I'm gonna go with Napsody.

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