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February 17, 2011

Napster App (Beta) Now Available for BlackBerry™

Napster App on BlackBerry We are excited to announce that Napster App (Beta) is now available for BlackBerry™ OS version 5.0 users!  We’ll be offering additional versions soon.

Featuring unlimited on-demand streaming of over 12 million full-length songs for $10 per month, music lovers can sign up for Napster with mobile access and listen instantly to any and all of them as often as they like, in the order they want, from wherever they are.

With Napster plus mobile access, members can save songs, playlists, and albums to their mobile devices and enjoy their favorite music even when not connected. Here are some key Napster plus mobile access features:

• Save songs, albums, and playlists to enjoy even when listening offline
• Kick back with playlists, recommendations, and Billboard® charts
• Create playlists for a customized listening experience
• Automix favorite songs to create instant playlists blending similar artists

Napster is available on any connected computer, compatible TV, Blu-ray™ player or other compatible home audio product, as well as on iPhone®, iPod Touch®, iPad®, and Android™ devices — and now in beta for BlackBerry™ OS version 5.0  — all available at Best Buy and other retailers.

To get the Napster app for BlackBerry™, text “NAPSTERBB” to 332211 or go to m.napster.com/bb from your Blackberry

Please check back again soon for updates, or visit napster.com.

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December 09, 2010

Napster App for iOS Updated; Sound Quality Dramatically Improved

Napster for iOS Our recently launched app for iPhone and other iOS devices has been getting some great reviews, and iLounge even named it one of their 100 essential apps of the year. However, there was one sticking point with the 1.0 release of Napster for iOS devices: the sound quality needed improvement. Apparently the higher frequencies were dropping, causing a sound similar to a too-high bass setting.

After careful evaluation and audio analysis, we dramatically improved the audio quality, ensuring those higher frequencies are broadcasting as they should.

Even better news is that we were able to do this without sacrificing bandwidth, battery life, or even storage space. This is especially important with the release of iOS 4.2 and the AirPlay feature, since you can now use the Napster app to wirelessly pump great sounding music to your home theater system. 'Tis the season to check out all the great accessories you can buy at your local Best Buy store and fill your home with some with of our expertly programmed holiday music.

Napster for iOS now sounds as good as it looks! Now that we're past this hurdle, we look forward to bringing more exciting innovations to help you enjoy your choice of over 11 million songs wherever you happen to spend your holidays.

If you don't yet have the Napster app, get it here.

—Michael Robinette

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October 27, 2010

Napster for Android: Now with Offline Playback

 A few weeks ago, we released a streaming-only version of our app for AndroidTM devices, because being able to play any of over 11 million songs wherever you go was too good an experience to keep to ourselves. But we knew that wasn't enough: There are still a few places the mobile networks don't reach (which I recently found out in Pescadero, California), and there's that one spot on the drive home from work where the connection always drops.

So today we're releasing an update to our Android app that lets you save your favorite playlists and albums to your phone so you can play them even while offline. Now you really can have your music everywhere (except for takeoff and landing, when the flight attendants make us turn off our devices completely). The app now also downloads the next few songs in your Now Playing queue ahead of time so that your music won't be interrupted if you happen to hit one of those dead zones during your commute.

 With this release, Napster plus Mobile Access is fully available on Android devices as well as iPhone® and other iOS® devices. That's over 11 million songs available everywhere you go for less than I used to spend on CDs every month. For less than I spend on sugar water every week.

Android is a great platform that has spawned a wide variety of incredible devices, and we've done a lot of work to make sure Napster works on any device powered by it. New phones and new updates to Android are released often, and we are committed to making Napster available on all of them.

We will continue to update our mobile apps as we hear your feedback. Version 1.0 is already a really great way to listen to music on the go, but we never stop. We have some exciting features planned for the future, so stay tuned.

—Michael Robinette
 

 To get the free Napster app for Android, just capture the QR code at left with your device's camera.

To get the app for iPhone (and other iOS devices), follow this link to the app in iTunes®, or simply search for Napster in the App Store on your device.

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September 24, 2010

Napster with Mobile Access Now Available for $10/month

Android iPad iPhone It’s official: The universe of music is now yours, wherever you go. The free Napster app for iPhone®, iPod Touch®, iPad®, and AndroidTM devices was  made available recently, and now existing and new U.S. subscribers can sign up for our new Napster plus mobile access service from the Napster site.

Offering unlimited on-demand streaming of over 11 million full-length songs for $10 per month, music lovers can sign up for Napster with mobile access and listen instantly to any and all of them as often as they like, in the order they want, from wherever they are.

Katy perryThe Napster app is available for iPhone (and other iOS® devices) and Android now, with a version for Blackberry coming soon. We're also working with our content partners to bring all three versions to subscribers outside the U.S. as soon as possible.

With Napster plus mobile access, members can save songs, playlists, and albums to their mobile devices and enjoy their favorite music even when not connected (coming soon for the Android version). TheNapster app also automatically saves the last 100 songs played for quick and easy access, online or off.


To get the free Napster app for iPhone (and other iOS devices), follow this link to the app in iTunes®, or simply search for Napster in the App Store on your device.

Android QR Code To get the app for Android, just capture the QR code at left with your device's camera.




To recap, here are some key Napster plus mobile access features:

Save songs, albums, and playlists to enjoy even when listening offline 
Kick back with playlists, recommendations, and Billboard® charts
Create playlists for a customized listening experience 
Save last 100 songs played to easily replay favorites 
Automix favorite songs to create an instant playlist blending similar artists
 
Napster is available on any connected computer, compatible TV, Blu-rayTM player or other compatible home audio product – and now, on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android devices – all available at Best Buy and other retailers.
 
With the ability to access Napster via iPhone and soon other smartphones, the new Napster service no longer includes MP3 credits. Over the past year and a half, we’ve determined that long-term customers are streaming more, redeeming fewer MP3 credits, and requesting access to any track from any device rather than attempting to manage MP3s over multiple devices. The demand for mobile streaming is our most requested feature, and we feel this is the best experience – and the best value – for the majority of music fans. 

Existing Napster subscribers will continue for now in their current subscription plan unless they contact customer support to sign up for the new plan with mobile access. 

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May 06, 2010

New on Napster: Facebook “Like” Buttons on Artist, Album, and Playlist Pages

We are proud to announce that we added two new features to Napster today.

First, it’s time to get “socially” responsible. Yep, Napster just got more social. You can now “Like” artists, albums and Napster playlists, sharing your music tastes and finds with friends via your Facebook profile. For example, if you click "Like" on the new Usher album, Raymond v. Raymond, your friends will see this activity on your Facebook profile. If one of your friends clicks the link on Facebook, they will be taken to the album page on Napster, where they can play up to five songs (in their entirety!) from the album. It's a great way to introduce your friends to hot new music, or even your favorite oldies.

If you're logged into Facebook already, "Liking" your favorites is one click away. If you're not logged in, Napster will ask you to log in to enable sharing.

As you browse through the Napster site, you can also see your Facebook friends who have clicked "Like" on any album, artist, or playlist. We see this as a great way to bring two key parts of life—friends and music—together in a fun way. Bringing Facebook into Napster was an easy choice, as we know that the majority of Napster members are also active Facebook users.


The second new feature we've added is a handy persistent display of your current Napster song credit balance in the main site header. Whenever you're signed in, your song credit balance appears in the upper-left corner of the Napster window, next to your member name, so you'll always be able to see at a glance how many credits you have available. The balance is updated when you use your credits and refreshed according to your Napster membership plan (monthly and/or upon renewal).

 

That's it for now. Happy listening!

Bill Coats

Sr. Product Manager

P.S.—Listen to the track, "It's Working" by MGMT - click    on the album or artist to try the new feature out!

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April 30, 2010

Artists on Napster Are Now Even More Picture Perfect

For many of you, Napster's artist pages are the starting point for finding the music you love, viewing their new releases, or browsing through popular songs. In fact, artist pages are the most visited on the new Napster site. We’re excited to share details on some recent artist-page enhancements.

We've heard from many of you that music videos are one of your favorite ways to experience your favorite artists, so we’ve integrated videos from YouTube into Napster's artist pages. Each page now includes high-quality videos you can play within Napster, many of which match artists' most popular songs. And better yet, any song you’re listening to with your Napster player will automatically pause while you watch a video and resume when you're done.

As an example, click here to watch videos by Nickelback.


But it's not all about just moving images. We’ve got some great static ones now, too. Artist pages now pull photos from Flickr as well. Right next to the videos tab you'll see a "Photos" button. Click it to view a variety of pictures: candid live shots, studio shots, red carpet appearances, and more. To see how it works, check out the photos of Switchfoot now!
 

 
So go ahead, queue up your music and flip through some colorful photos!

Lastly we’ve added larger, more vibrant art to many of our most popular artist pages. Check out Christina Aguilera's page to see for yourself.

That’s it for now. Happy listening!

-Bill

Sr. Product Manager

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February 12, 2010

Napster Beta: New Member Profiles

The latest updates to the new Napster Beta include a new member profile featuring your recent activity, and additional playback improvements to the embedded player. 

The new Napster member profile, currently for your eyes only, shows you the songs you've recently played, playlists you've created, and recent additions to your Favorite Artists list. There's also an "About Me" section where you can display your favorite artist, Napster radio station, and music genre. At this time, Napster profiles are completely private. But in the near future, you will have the option to make your profile public and change your display name to a generic name if you wish. Either way, the member profiles will give you an easy way to get to the music and artists you love.

We are also researching fun ways to interact with other Napster members using your profile and will have more updates soon. We think it would be interesting and fun to be able to find your friends from popular social networks like Facebook who also use Napster.

If you are a current Napster member, log in and check out your new profile today!

—Bill Coats, Sr. Product Manager for the new Napster

 

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January 13, 2010

CES, Open APIs and the Future of Music

Last Wednesday, Jan. 6, we announced the opening of our service through a public API and developer program – officially joining the Internet universe of music services and companies at large offering music APIs, and perhaps going a step farther with richer content and deeper access to music streams for select partners. If you haven’t checked it out yet, take a minute to head over to developer.napster.com and take a look.


We launched the Napster APIs and took them straight to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where we had the opportunity to showcase and demo to many of our current and future partners. I'm excited to say that a number of exciting projects were incubated this year that will evolve in the coming months all with our open APIs at the center.


In many ways, having an API is de rigueur in today’s tech world. Being perceived as open is an important attribute for today’s businesses. This may once have been unheard of in the music industry, but it certainly seems to be changing with time. Beyond openness, APIs help to crystallize the value a company is bringing to the table in terms of the unique core content that attracts developers and ideas – both of which are assets that add tangibly to a company’s bottom line.


But what a company does with its API is far more important than just having one. The landscape is virtually littered with companies that checked the box without a long-term strategy. So, where are we, Napster, going with our API? Two threads are central here, and are worth following over the coming months and years:

  • First – three-screens and more. Like Google’s “don’t be evil,” Napster’s motto is “music everywhere.” Wherever our members go, they should be able to enjoy their music, and the API is how we plan to make this happen. Working with CE manufacturers in all categories, as we announced with Samsung, is key to delivering on the future for our members.

  • Second – the long tail is still wagging. We believe there’s huge opportunity in empowering smaller companies and entrepreneurs to get a foothold in building businesses around music. Mirroring broader industry trends in music whereby the indie labels have more clout in the market, the tech-side of things sees increasing opportunity for companies to cater to niche music audiences that may not make good business sense for the big guy. We think our API can grow to be a platform on which these startups build businesses for mutual benefit.

Both of these threads represent visions that will continue to unfold with time. Innovation around how people experience music is far from over; what’s most exciting for us is that we’ve created a platform that can support an untold number of ideas to carry Napster and our members into the future.

 

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December 18, 2009

Napster Gift Subscriptions: Send One Today

Come on… admit it. You’re one of us. The just-in-time gift giver. Some studies out there say half of us wait until the last minute to buy a little something for that special someone.

Well, we know the gift of music is one of the most popular gifts of all, and now you can buy friends, family and anyone else their very own Napster subscription! Even if you need it today.

That’s right. You already know that subscribers enjoy MP3 download credits and unlimited listening to full-length, on-demand streaming music from Napster’s catalog of 9 million songs. Now it’s time to share the wealth.

Give a Napster subscription today. You’re just in time to email them one for Hanukkah, and Christmas is just around the corner. Of course, maybe you’re celebrating a birthday or other holiday. That's okay... music is perfect for just about any occasion you can imagine.

Send one today!

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December 14, 2009

Napster Beta: Latest Updates

We’ve released another set of updates to the Napster beta site, and we’re excited to keep you in the loop about our efforts. A lot of the updates this time around are things that you hopefully won’t really notice, except that the site will just seem better. Fueled by turkey and cranberry over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been hard at work to make pages load faster, make messages clearer, and generally improve music playback.

That said, something you should look for is that we’ve been adding what we call “Quick Play” buttons in more places across the site. One of the great things about Napster is that you can pick and choose exactly what you want to hear, but we also know that sometimes you just want to kick back and listen. So, we’ve been adding these Quick Play buttons to the headers of different sections around the site; they do things like play all the songs in a Billboard chart, or play a mix of the featured music you’re looking at. This is just a start at some of the features we’re building to make it easier to start enjoying music on Napster. Let us know what you think!

—Adam Korman, Sr. Director, Interaction Design

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