June 15, 2016


Napster Is Coming Back, Thanks to Rhapsody


It's the return of Napster that nobody asked for! The site that everybody used around the turn of the century to illegally download music is being revived, thanks to... Rhapsody.

Rhapsody bought what was left of company back in 2011 and announced today that they'd be changing their name to Napster, according to CNN. In 2002, Napster went bankrupt after losing a crucial lawsuit against the recording industry.

Napster has been trying to serve as a streaming service in recent years after being tossed around from company to company. It's been bought by German media conglomerate Bertelsmann and Best Buy in the past.

Rhapsody claims to have 3.5 million global subscribers in 34 countries and tries to keep up with the ever-growing number of streaming services out there, despite being one of the first services of its kind.

Will Napster nostalgia help it rise above Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and, dare we say, Tidal? Let's just sit back and see how this plays out.