Report: Day 1 of the Jammie Thomas-Rasset retrial
What are the odds of getting 19 people for jury selection, some of whom are college students and recent graduates, and NONE of them have used Napster, Kazaa or any other P2P file-sharing service? That's what happened yesterday...
June 16, 2009
Former RIAA boss Hilary Rosen slams licensing sluggishness
Billboard has an interesting Q&A with former RIAA boss Hilary Rosen, tying in with the tenth anniversary of Napster.
June 2, 2009
Indie label pays to sponsor ad for free music
Trust indie labels to be imaginative and iconoclastic when it comes to marketing.
May 7, 2009
More Than Thieves exclusive sets for Spotify, We7, Last.fm AND Napster
We're used to the likes of Spotify and We7 fighting over pre-release exclusives on new albums, but new band More Than Thieves are taking an innovative approach, recording exclusive live sessions for FOUR different services:...
April 27, 2009
Lars Ulrich: “I downloaded Death Magnetic illegally”
Thankfully Metallica take a more relaxed approach towards file-sharing than they did in the days of Napster - otherwise drummer Lars Ulrich might be staring down a lawsuit from his own band.
March 9, 2009
TrendWatch: Digital music companies that changed their spots
You should always stick to your guns, right? Well, not necessarily. Plenty of companies have rethought their business model or approach – and you can argue that this kind of flexibility is increasingly important, given...
February 12, 2009
Napster launches web-based version in the UK… at last!
Napster has launched v4.6 in the UK, allowing users to access its service via the Web, rather than a downloadable client on their computer. Which is about time, given that US users got this option back in October 2007.The...
January 30, 2009
Guns’n’Roses’ Chinese Democracy due out this year… only through Best Buy
Guns'n'Roses are set to release their long, LONG-awaited new album Chinese Democracy this side of Christmas, according to US reports. What's more, the album will be the latest to be sold through an exclusive...
September 29, 2008
Best Buy acquires Napster for $121 million
After a long time seeking a buyer, Napster has finally found a new home with US consumer electronics giant Best Buy. The deal, valuing Napster at $121 million represents a value of $2.65 per share and a customer acquisition...
September 16, 2008
Rumour: hedge funds lining up takeover bids for Napster
Napster's shares may have lost 95% of their value in the last six years, but that isn't stopping several hedge funds reportedly mulling takeover bids for the music firm. Bloomberg points out that the company's...
July 21, 2008
Sony to bundle Napster and 7digital with Walkman players
Now that it's got out of the direct music retail game, consumer electronics firm Sony is keen to partner with more successful digital music services. To that end, it's just signed separate deals with Napster and...
June 12, 2008