- Fri, 2012-01-27 11:16
US music streaming service Napster plans to launch for the UK market, providing a competitor to Spotify.
First launched in 1999 as an illegal downloading platform, the service was closed down in 2001 following a campaign spearheaded by heavy metal band Metallica. It returned as a legal downloading service shortly afterwards, and was bought last year by Rhapsody. It will now launch in the UK, offering unlimited access to 15 million tracks, which for £5 a month can be streamed on home computers, and for £10 a month can be streamed on home computers and mobile devices.
Napster will offer a a direct challenge to established streaming service Spotify, which is now part-owned by Sean Parker, who originally co-founded Napster with Shawn Fanning.