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
Next for music subscriptions: new markets, diversity and rethinking value
The music industry made around $7.1bn from streaming subscriptions in 2018, according to industry body the IFPI. That was 32.9% year-on-year growth, with subscriptions generating 37% of global recorded-music revenues. How...
June 4, 2019
Napster wants to power more music-streaming services in Asia
Napster remains a consumer-brand streaming service, but the company’s energies are focusing ever-more keenly on its B2B business, and ‘powered by Napster’ services launched by brands and other partners. Now Napster’s...
April 24, 2019
Napster signs Univision deal as financials show 2018 profit
Streaming service Napster has a new B2B partnership to shout about: with Hispanic-focused media company Univision in the US. It’s focused on a newly-revamped version of Univision’s music app Uforia, which will now offer...
March 14, 2019
Rhapsody to pay up to $10m in songwriter-lawsuit settlement
It wasn’t just Spotify facing the prospect of class-action lawsuits from songwriters over streaming royalties in recent years. Rhapsody (now operating as Napster) was also on the wrong end of a case brought by David Lowery,...
February 19, 2019
RealNetworks doubles its stake in Napster for up to $40m
RealNetworks has announced that it has doubled its stake in music-streaming service Napster to 84%, after agreeing a deal with co-owner Columbus Nova Technology Partners. RealNetworks is paying $1m in cash up-front, a further...
January 23, 2019
Napster revenues still falling but service remains profitable
Technology firm RealNetworks has published its latest quarterly financial results, and that means we have some new numbers for Napster, the streaming service in which it retains a stake.
November 12, 2018
Napster revenues down, but unlike music-streaming rivals it’s profitable
Music-streaming service Napster is on track to record a net profit in 2018, despite its revenues having dropped by nearly 28% since the company’s peak in 2016. Napster recorded net profits of $4.4m and $2.1m respectively...
August 21, 2018
Napster revenues are down by nearly 18% year-on-year
Music-streaming service Napster saw a notable year-on-year decline in its revenues last quarter, according to its latest financials. The company’s revenues dropped from $44.1m in the second quarter of 2017 to $36.2m in...
August 8, 2018
Napster is profitable… but its revenues are falling
A profitable pureplay music-streaming service? Don’t fall off your chair in wonder at the thought. Napster is the company in question: it reported a net profit of $4.4m for the first quarter of 2018, compared to a net loss...
July 17, 2018
Napster boss: ‘Even a 20% slice of a $20bn market is a $4bn market…’
Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube may hog many of the streaming headlines, but Rhapsody International / Napster is still going as a global streaming service too. Its president and CEO Bill Patrizio outlined the...
June 7, 2018