Sonos goes HD with subscription-based radio service
Sonos is kicking its streaming ambitions up a notch, with the launch of a subscription-based radio service called Sonos Radio HD. Available in the US and UK, it costs $7.99 / £7.99 a month, and promises 'high-fidelity...
November 13, 2020
MelodyVR posts £10.5m operating loss for first half of 2020
Virtual reality startup (and future Napster owner) MelodyVR published its half-yearly results this morning. The company generated just £189.9k of revenues in the first six months of 2020. Royalties and content creation...
October 30, 2020
Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo adds western music with Napster deal
Streaming is finally (if slowly) taking off in Japan, thanks in part to competition from local and global services. One of those belongs to telco NTT DoCoMo, via a partnership with Japanese firm RecoChoku. The service...
September 30, 2020
MelodyVR raises $15.3m to help fund Napster acquisition
Yesterday we reported on MelodyVR's planned acquisition of streaming service Napster for $26.3m in cash and stock, and wondered why the company was describing it as a $70m deal. A separate announcement from Napster's majority...
August 26, 2020
Music VR startup MelodyVR announces plan to merge with Napster
Music-focused virtual reality startup MelodyVR has announced plans to merge with streaming service Napster. To be clear: MelodyVR is the buyer, although the Napster brand will live on. "Under the terms of the Merger Agreement,...
August 25, 2020
Napster lets subscribers choose charities for subs donation
Napster has launched a new charitable giving programme in the US called Napster4Good. People taking out a new Napster subscription can nominate a charity to receive a portion of their $9.99 a month, for as long as their...
July 23, 2020
Napster needs outside funding within the next 12 months
Tech firm RealNetworks has published its quarterly financial results, including as usual figures for music-streaming firm Napster, in which it holds an 84% stake. Napster’s subscription revenues grew from $24.3m in...
May 11, 2020
RealNetworks filing reveals Napster revenues of $106.3m in 2019
The latest financial results from technology firm RealNetworks include figures for its Napster subsidiary: $106.3m of revenues for 2019. Napster’s cost of revenues for the year were $85.9m, with operating expenses of...
March 2, 2020
Indie artists have doubled their share of Napster’s top 100
Napster is the latest music-streaming service putting out some end-of-year statistics. However, it has chosen a different topic to the usual ‘most popular artists / tracks’ DSP data dumps. Napster has been looking...
December 20, 2019
Napster reveals a new partnership with startup Super Hi-Fi
We profiled startup Super Hi-Fi earlier this year. The US firm has developed technology that uses AI to make streaming services sound much more radio-like, with branded stings, artist name and track title announcements,...
December 12, 2019
Napster Q3 revenues fell by 21.6% year-on-year to $27.3m
Technology firm RealNetworks has published its latest quarterly financial results, and as usual, they include figures for Napster, its music-streaming subsidiary. The key figure: $27.3m. That’s Napster’s revenues...
November 6, 2019
Napster’s Angel Gambino talks tech, Ek and streaming’s evolution
Angel Gambino has been in the digital trenches since the late 1990s. Her career has seen her work in early social gaming (for Gameplay·com); test the digital waters for TV (at the BBC and Viacom); and forge content strategies...
September 17, 2019