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.

Filed Under: mergers, music, subscription
Companies: best buy, napster, rhapsody

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    NotMyRealName (profile), 3 Oct 2011 @ 11:11pm

    Re: Re: Zero + Zero = Zero

    Thats about half a percent of internet users, just in north america. Worthless, especially considering that we live globally now, like it or not.

    And subscriber info? like what, names linked to email addresses? I could probably get a valid list of 1,000,000 sorted by net income, in a few days for less than a few hundred bucks. maybe even legally.

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