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kidstypike
2009-03-13, 14:48
MickeyG wrote:
At the end of the 30-day trial, you can choose to continue listening to Napster on your Squeezebox for 14.95, €14,95, or $14.95 per month.


Are you sure the 14.95 per month is correct? It doesn't seem fair to me!

kidstypike

toby10
2009-03-14, 02:05
MickeyG wrote:
At the end of the 30-day trial, you can choose to continue listening to Napster on your Squeezebox for 14.95, 14,95, or $14.95 per month.


Are you sure the 14.95 per month is correct? It doesn't seem fair to me!

kidstypike

http://www.napster.co.uk/product_info.html


9.95 = Napster Unlimited
14.95 = Napster Unlimited + music to compatible player

I presume SB devices are in the "compatible player" category

Deano
2009-03-14, 02:27
Couldn't find anything on the Napster website relating to SB. But I would assume it's the same as the Sonos offer. 9.95 a month.

http://www.napster.co.uk/partner/sonos-offer/

This service has completely changed the way I use my SB's. Just incredible to have access to so much music. Unlimited, on demand access, finally in the UK.

Thanks for making this happen.

D.

kidstypike
2009-03-14, 04:51
http://www.napster.co.uk/product_info.html


9.95 = Napster Unlimited
14.95 = Napster Unlimited + music to compatible player

I presume SB devices are in the "compatible player" category

No, I don't think SB's are classed as 'compatible players', see here:
http://www.napster.co.uk/compatible_devices/index.html

'compatible players' seem to be iPod type devices.

kidstypike

toby10
2009-03-14, 06:01
No, I don't think SB's are classed as 'compatible players', see here:
http://www.napster.co.uk/compatible_devices/index.html

'compatible players' seem to be iPod type devices.

kidstypike

That's cool, then only 9.95 then for you Brits. :)

KMorgan
2009-03-14, 06:24
The 30 day trial, followed by the 7 day trial, will soon be running out for some folk. Please report back with your experience as a subscriber.

Keith

HectorHughMunro
2009-03-15, 09:09
It's 14.95 in the UK if you want to download to a Walkman. The difference in price between UK and US is a particular irritant over here especially where you have services like itunes where it's the same product and because it's online, there is no difference in distribution costs and often, not even in taxation terms. It makes one feel very grateful to the likes of (currently) Audioengine and Slimdevices whose prices, after tax represent something similar to the prices charged in the US. A lot of US manufacturers don't seem to understand that we can see their prices.

Napster is a good system. I'm using it but I have noticed that with some tracks, there is anything up to a 45 minute silence following the music which requires intervention to move on to the next track. The file system is also a bit irritating as I would like to sort by albumn rather than artist but that has been commented on elsewhere in this forum.

Sound quality is moderate. I haven't looked in to bitrates but have found myself very subjectively preferring Last.fm when streaming vs. Napster. I would be curious to know the difference between the files and whether the streamed files on Napster are different to the files that you download. I've listened to some Julia Fischer albumns that were foul quality.

I've found it a good way of pre-auditioning and ruling out CDs that I would have bought and have been disappointed in.

I'd give it 7/10. I still use Last.FM more. I wouldn't do Spotify because of the P2P nature of the software. I'll probably continue with it.

DoomWolf
2009-03-15, 14:51
The 30 day trial, followed by the 7 day trial, will soon be running out for some folk. Please report back with your experience as a subscriber.

Keith

As I said on another thread:

My Napster trial has been going for two weeks and, apart from the first day, it hasn't worked at all. Anything not in my Napster library won't play, and I can't add anything else to the library. In my experience this 'free' trial is more than I would be willing to pay.

0/10 from me, but I'm not that bothered as Spotify looks like it has more promise. It just needs to come to the Squeezebox and the Apple App Store.

TheBigSqueeze
2009-03-15, 14:57
I've been a Napster subscriber for a few years now and it's introduction to the Squeezebox scene has been a breath of fresh air. I pay 9.95 a month which I think is a fair price to pay for a choice of music at your fingertips and I don't mind paying for a good service (I haven't bought at CD in years!).

As for my experience with Napster/Squeezebox I have (touch wood) had no issues whatsoever playing either playlists (personal and Napster created) or Napster Radio stations.

So far so good.........

HectorHughMunro
2009-03-15, 16:06
I tend to find that it works best for me to add to the library on the PC then play it from the Squeezebox.