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
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
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 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
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