Napster posted a $1.6m profit for its latest quarter
A profitable music-streaming service? That’s crazy talk! Yet Napster did indeed record a net profit of just over $1.6m in the third quarter of 2016. That’s according to the financial results of RealNetworks, which still...
November 14, 2016
Napster secures Sprint telco deal for one-month trials
Are telco deals with music-streaming services entering their “sunset phase” as one Deezer exec recently suggested? Napster hopes not. The company has announced a new partnership with American telco Sprint, which will...
November 7, 2016
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
Brands and music: ‘We know millennials are logo-averse…’ (#midem)
We've seen plenty of music-industry conference sessions about brands and music, but they're usually focused on deals with individual artists. At the Midem conference today, a session looked at other kinds of partnerships,...
June 5, 2016
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
RealNetworks 2014, February 2015
This infographic is an extract from the Music Ally Report
February 18, 2015
Rhapsody reaches 2.5m subscribers but won’t ‘pump the brakes’
We already knew that Rhapsody’s subscribers grew 60% in 2014, because RealNetworks – which still owns a stake in the company – said so in its last financial report. Now Rhapsody has put a firm figure to that growth:...
February 12, 2015
Bop.fm adds Pandora, Xbox Music, Rhapsody and Napster
Streaming music aggregator Bop.fm has four more integrations to announce this week: Pandora, Xbox Music, Rhapsody and Napster. Users of those services can now connect their accounts to Bop.fm, which pitches itself as a “Switzerland...
September 18, 2014
Rhapsody revenues up 22% year-on-year, but losses grow slightly
RealNetworks still has a stake in digital music service Rhapsody, and that means that when the former publishes its quarterly financial results, it includes data for the latter. RealNetworks’ Q2 financials came out late...
August 14, 2014
Rhapsody / Napster reach 2m subscribers, talks licensing and YouTube
Three months after revealing that they had 1.7m paying subscribers between them, Rhapsody and Napster have announced another milestone this morning: 2m subscribers. The mathematicians among you will already have worked...
July 29, 2014