Subscription music service Rhapsody is expanding into Europe, having just announced its acquisition of Napster International. The company bought Napster’s US service last year, but until now the German and UK businesses have continued to operate independently. Not any more: Rhapsody will now own and operate Napster in both countries. “The acquisition of Napster and its subscriber base in the UK and Germany gives us an ideal entry to the European market,” says president Jon Irwin. “Through the benefit of scale, the strength of our editorial programming and strategic partnerships, we can now bring the Napster service to even more consumers on a variety of platforms.” Rhapsody says it will keep the Napster brand in both countries, migrating subscribers to its infrastructure in March.