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TheLastMan
2012-02-07, 07:29
This may be old news, but I have just noticed that, following its purchase by Rhapsody, Napster will close in the UK and the rest of Europe in mid March.

This appears to be a total shutdown. It looks like we will lose Napster streaming on our Squeezeboxes, Napster libraries and any saved playlists.

Not all Napster services will be automatically transferred to Rhapsody, you may have to take out a new subscription to Rhapsody or other streaming service depending on the contract you are on - see here:
http://www.napster.co.uk/customerinformation/

The Rhapsody music library is similar and mobile off-line facilities will remain. However it might be worth going to Spotify rather than Rhapsody depending on which suits your needs best.

Those of us on the "5for5" deal (five mp3 downloads a month for 5) are going to be "terminated". We will lose our 5 mp3s as Rhapsody will not be selling downloads, only offering streaming. What is more our accounts are not going to be automatically transferred, we will have to re-subscribe to a new service - presumably because it will be so different from the old one.

That is a real disappointment for me as I have been able to download an album a month for around 1 - 2. Sometimes 0 if the album had fewer than 5 tracks. That effectively meant I was getting my Napster subscription almost for free - as I would have been buying that music in any case.

I will have to reconsider which streaming service to go with as an alternative.

Any views on how Rhapsody compares to Spotify?

Will Logitech Squeezebox be offering a Rhapsody interface for UK subscribers?

mherger
2012-02-07, 07:32
> This appears to be a total shutdown. It looks like we will lose Napster
> streaming on our Squeezeboxes, Napster libraries and any saved
> playlists.

The Napster service will be replaced with Rhapsody. They even decided to
run it under the old name of Napster. Thus you Napster users might get a
new UI, but should still be fine listening to online music.

> Will Logitech Squeezebox be offering a Rhapsody interface for UK
> subscribers?

Yes. It will be called "Napster"...

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Michael

TheLastMan
2012-02-07, 07:53
The Napster service will be replaced with Rhapsody. They even decided to run it under the old name of Napster. Thus you Napster users might get a new UI, but should still be fine listening to online music.

Thanks Michael. Some subsidiary questions:

Will everybody be losing their Napster libraries and playlists?
Will the Squeezebox "app" look any different?
How will us 5-for-5 subscribers who are going to be cut off resubscribe to the Rhapsody version of Napster?

andyg
2012-02-07, 07:57
The US users already went through this a few months ago, and Napster libraries are transferred to Rhapsody as best as they can. I don't know why they are not changing the name, gotta love those legal issues.

pippin
2012-02-07, 08:14
Napster doesn't have a bad reputation over here while Rhapsody has non at best, I would keep the name, too.

Of course we'll have to see how the reputation can cope with the smaller Rhapsody catalog, main argument for Napster over here was that they had more content than Spotify et al.

toby10
2012-02-08, 05:35
Here in the US Rhapsody simply credited your new Rhapsody account with whatever balance was remaining on your Napster account. So if someone had just resubscribed with Napster for $60 (one year + 60 pm3's) your "credit" on Rhapsody was also $60, BUT that is only about 5 months of Rhapsody service and no included mp3 downloads.