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Acquired byBest Buy
Price$121M
Date9/2008
TermsCash

General Information

Websitenapster.com
Blogblog.napster.com
Twitter@napster
CategoryConsumer Web
Employees
Founded6/1999
DescriptionMusic subscription/MP3 download service

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Los Angeles, USA
9044 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
USA

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Napster

Napster offers the ultimate in interactive music experiences, creating better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy the universe of music โ€” anytime, anywhere. The Napster service is the easiest way to find, discover and enjoy the universe of music โ€” online, on the go and in the living room. With unlimited, on-demand access to music from a web browser, smartphone and home entertainment devices, Napster lets you enjoy music your way anytime, anywhere. The service is available at www.napster.com in the U.S. and is also available in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. A wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy, Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Napster is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Best Buy acquired Napster for $121 million in September 2008.

Napster was first launched in June 1999, built by Shawn Fanning while he was a student at Northeastern University in Boston. The original service was a free peer-to-peer file sharing network, allowing users to download mp3 files from the network of other users without going through a centralized storage server.

The RIAA served Napster with a lawsuit for copyright infringement in December 1999 for $20B. Napster lost the suit in the Ninth Circuit Court, and settled in 2001 to pay $26M to music creators, and a $10M toward future licensing royalties.

Recent Milestones

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    Napster — Debuts iPhone app/mobile access (9/1/10)
    Posted 11/4/10 at 10:04am via readwriteweb.com
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    Napster — Launches Android app (9/1/10)
    Posted 11/4/10 at 10:04am via getjar.com
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    Napster — Adds social networking features (Facebook & Twitter sharing, artist YouTube videos & Flickr photos) (5/6/10)
    Posted 11/4/10 at 10:00am via mashable.com
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    Napster — Adds social networking features (Facebook & Twitter sharing, artist YouTube videos & Flickr photos) (5/6/10)
    Posted 11/4/10 at 10:00am via mashable.com
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    Napster — Opens API to consumer electronics and web developers (1/6/10)
    Posted 1/22/10 at 1:59pm via geek.com
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    Napster — Introduced service pairing MP3 credits and on-demand streaming for as low as $5/month (5/18/09)
    Posted 9/16/08 at 4:54pm via engadget.com
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    Napster — Introduces music service pairing MP3 credits and on-demand streaming for $5/month (5/18/09)
    Posted 1/22/10 at 1:59pm via engadget.com
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    Napster was acquired by Best Buy for $121M. (9/14/08)
    Posted 8/28/09 at 6:46am via techcrunch.com
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    Napster added Christopher Moisan as Director. (2/1/05)
    Posted 3/25/14 at 4:52am
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    Napster added Chris Gorog as Chairman and CEO. (1/1/05)
    Posted 5/20/08 at 4:47am
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    Napster added Michael Bebel as President & COO. (5/1/03)
    Posted 2/13/14 at 8:37am
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    Napster added David Phillips as SVP, Music Services. (1/1/02)
    Posted 12/23/08 at 3:03pm
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    Napster added Jon Baudanza as Software Engineer. (1/1/01)
    Posted 8/25/12 at 1:58pm
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    Napster added Ali Aydar as Senior Director, Technology. (9/1/99)
    Posted 11/2/09 at 11:32am
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    Napster added Wayne Chang as Administrator. (8/1/99)
    Posted 7/13/10 at 5:22pm
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    Napster added Jordan Ritter as Co-Founder, Chief Server Architect, Director of Security. (6/1/99)
    Posted 5/10/09 at 11:44am

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Above: Profile Page
Uploaded: 11/4/10
Napster screenshot
Above: Mobile Home
Uploaded: 11/4/10
Napster screenshot
Above: Mobile Player
Uploaded: 11/4/10

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Napster

Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate in interactive music experiences, creating better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy the universe of music - anytime, anywhere. The Napster service is the easiest way to find, discover and enjoy the universe of music โ€” online, on the go and in the living room. With unlimited, on-demand access to music from a web browser, smartphone and home entertainment devices, Napster lets you enjoy music your way anytime, anywhere. The service is available at www.napster.com in the U.S. and is also available in Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. A wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy, Inc. (NYSE: BBY), Napster is headquartered in Los Angeles.

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Above: Napster Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 3/15/08

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  1. Best Buy Puzzles With Napster Acquisition (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. Engadget (engadget.com) [edit]
    Engadget (engadget.com) [edit]
    Geek.com (geek.com) [edit]
    Mashable (mashable.com) [edit]
    Mashable (mashable.com) [edit]
    ReadWriteWeb (readwriteweb.com) [edit]
    GetJar (getjar.com) [edit]
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