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January 29, 2012

Rhapsody acquires Napster divisions of UK, Gemany

Napster label will be retained

By CBR Staff Writer

Following Napster’s acquisition in the US last year, Rhapsody has now bought the German and UK divisions of the company too.

Rhapsody President Jon Irwin said the demand for subscription music was on peak, and there is a huge potential for growth – as Napster brought music to the ‘masses’ creatively.

Irwin added through editorial programming, and strategic partnerships strengths, they wished to bring music to a whole lot of users

Rhapsody will not do away with the Napster label, owing to its established reputation.

Irwin added the acquisition of Napster in the two companies gives them an ideal entry to the European market.

In the UK market, the revamped Napster with the backing of Rhapsody, would be aiming to give Spotify a tough time.

In 1999, Napster was developed by a 19-year-old, in order to enable sharing of MP3 files on the web for free.

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