Napster appoints Bill Patrizio as president and CEO
Streaming service Napster has a new, permanent boss. Bill Patrizio is no stranger to the company though: he was named as interim CEO in May 2017, while retaining his position as president of consumer media at RealNetworks...
February 9, 2018
Napster financials show its net losses more than halved in 2016
Streaming service Napster saw its revenues rise by just 3% in 2016, but it managed to cut its net loss for the year by more than half. The figures are revealed in a recent financial filing by RealNetworks, which continues...
March 24, 2017
Rhapsody completes Napster rebrand but subs stuck at 3.5m
“Yes, the cat is back,” claimed a blog post yesterday from ‘The Napster Team’ as Rhapsody completed its rebrand in the US, which like its business elsewhere in the world is now just Napster.
July 19, 2016
Rhapsody rebrands as Napster but promises ‘no changes’
There are more changes afoot at streaming service Rhapsody: it is rebranding as Napster in the US. “No changes to your playlists, favourites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music...
June 15, 2016
Some staff laid off at Rhapsody and Napster
Rhapsody and Napster have confirmed a round of layoffs amid reports that the former is closing its San Francisco office. “As part of our plan to better position Rhapsody/Napster for long-term profitability and accelerated...
June 13, 2016
Rhapsody revenues grew in 2015 – but so did its losses
Rhapsody is conforming to the ‘bigger revenues / bigger losses’ model of streaming growth, according to its financials for 2015. The numbers, as usual, were published by RealNetworks as part of its own financial report...
March 3, 2016
Rdio may have 100k US subscribers ‘up for grabs’ by rivals
Rdio never announced publicly how many users it had, but one of its rivals has provided an estimate for its US subscriber base. Rhapsody’s senior director of traffic and demand Greg Spils told Billboard that Rdio’s...
November 25, 2015
Rhapsody targets parents with new KIDS mode
There’s no data on how many parents let their children use their streaming music service of choice – or how many of those have run into sticky situations where their kids have stumbled upon tracks whose lyrical content...
October 1, 2015
BandPage says Rhapsody push notifications pay off for artists
Earlier this year, BandPage and Rhapsody deepened their partnership to include push notifications to fans about their favourite artists’ latest special offers, based on their streaming habits. Now BandPage has published...
August 21, 2015
Napster talks 3m paying subscribers, Taylor Swift and Apple Music
Streaming music services Rhapsody and Napster now have more than three million subscribers, up from two million a year ago. The companies – Rhapsody is the parent but Napster the brand in certain countries – announced...
July 22, 2015
Music subscription uptake is low but losing paying users is the real time bomb
Here are interesting slides from a Nielsen presentation at the recent EDMbiz Conference & Expo in Las Vegas which claims that just over 3% of annual consumer spend on music is on subscription services. It ranks just above...
June 29, 2015
BandPage ramps up its Rhapsody deal with personalised push
We’ve been thinking for some time now about the potential for marrying the massive data generated by streaming music services with the world of direct-to-fan sales and crowdfunding. Or, in short, how streaming services...
June 4, 2015