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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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 15, 2010

The City of Hope

Image001 Earlier this week, I had a great evening. With several of our Best Buy colleagues, I had the privilege of attending the City of Hope event honoring Tim Leiweke from AEG (one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world) at the beautiful new Marriott Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown L.A. last night.

It was a first-class event bringing together industries across music, sports, entertainment, politicians and many other local L.A. businesses to support the City of Hope cancer care and research center.  More than $9 million was raised to further the amazing efforts to battle cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDs and other life-threatening diseases.

On the music side, Jon Bon Jovi did a great acoustic set, and video appearances by Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Aventura added a personal touch as those artists shared stories of how cancer has affected each of their lives. Appearances by Governor Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, Magic Johnson, Blake Griffin, Jimmy Kimmel, Mary Hart, LA Mayor Villaraigosa, as well as countless executives and supporters just underscored the amazing efforts and breakthrough research at City of Hope.

As a fellow Angeleno, it is exciting to see the revitalization of the downtown area and the pioneering efforts of all those behind L.A. Live!
, and even more impressive to see such a vast array of people come together in support of such a worthy cause.

On a personal note, I have been volunteering with Special Olympics athletes since 1992 as a head coach (mostly powerlifting), working directly with the athletes on a weekly basis - and it is both an amazing and humbling experience.  What causes or non-profits are you actively involved in?


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