The most illegal thing you did in second grade is back. Napster, the music platform with the creepy cat logo and free MP3s, is soon to be launched in the market as a new company.
For anyone too young or boring to be familiar, the software was created in 1999 by college students Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, and let you download unlimited amounts of music without paying for it. This was obvi horrible for the music industry, but we couldn’t let a little thing like copyright infringement get in the way of full access to the latest B. Spears, Eminem and Nelly albums. Think of how many CD’s you could burn.
Napster lasted for two glorious years before getting slapped with a lawsuit, and then got acquired by Rhapsody in 2011, where it’s been a legal music platform ever since. Now that the people over at Rhapsody have realized that everyone thinks their brand is fucking lame, they’ve decided to change their name to Napster in order to boost their subscriber base and compete with companies like Apple and Spotify. No word yet on when this will officially go into effect, but Rhapsody says their current subscribers won’t be impacted since their services will remain the same.
The cost for a Napster subscription will start at $4.99 per month, which is about $4.99 more than we’re used to paying for it. So we’ll see how that goes over.