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Napster Lands on Android Market

Wow Napster.  Now that’s a word I haven’t said in like 10 years.  Apparently the music service is still up and running and now works on Android.  You can download the app, sign up to receive a free trial, and check out the 11 million songs in their catalog.  Just understand that it costs $10 a month after the trial is up.

Anyone still using Napster?

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Cheers Stephan!

  • Highrev2

    I have been a Napster to Go member for a few years. Problem I always run into is finding compatable devices. MP3 player are not so hard, but phones are a different story.

    I have an older LG VU that I used for a while, it allowed me to use the phone to store all the MP3's I wanted (or could fit on micro SD). I know it is not steaming, but I think the streaming sound can be comprimised. I used it with a bluetooth stereo headset while mountain biking, bonus was I could answer the phone if needed.

    From what I understand is that the phone needs to be able to play subscription content on WMA format. I'm not sure what Android has for a media player. I did get excited by the new BB Torch because it runs Windows Media, but ask someone at a store “does it support subscription content” and they get the deer in the headlights.

    My opinion is that the “purchase” sites don't want to lose traction to the “subscription” sites. And the largerst purchase company (itunes) is owned by the market leader in devices. You do the math .

    My argument for subscription. I hear a song I like and download the album, expose myself o the whole thing. Purchasers buy the one song they hear and thats it. I think the artist would prefer people hearing it all, maybe coming to a show and buying a t-shirt !

  • http://www.trommetter.com/log/ JasonTromm

    I've had a Napster account for years on my PC. Much cheaper to use than iTunes. I've had the Napster app on my Android for several days now.

  • Davidcosmejr

    Why Napster when you can Pandora?

  • Dantheraceman12

    I used Napster for about 3 years now and I'm happy with it , between my wife, 2 of my kids and myself we have about 700-800 songs on 3 different computers and 3 mp3 players, all different playlists. There are some new releases that you'll have to pay extra for . I may be missing something better but for the $10.00 dollors this works for me .

  • Xrtfan

    I use Napster at home, ever since it was taken over by Best Buy. They have most music and for $5 a month you get 5 downloads and unlimited streaming. The cost of $10 a month though is too high to use on a cell

  • StephanC

    Thanks for the credit!

  • Timoh

    I used to get my music from IRC to get my illegal music way before napster. I actually never used Napster.

  • http://twitter.com/cgibby Corey Gibson

    I signed up and am trying it out. So far so good. Although some of my artist searches result in “not found” so I would call their collection somewhat limited. What you get with the paid service as opposed to free internet radio services (that I have tried), music playback, set playlists and artists, and you basically get to choose what you want to listen to which is huge for me. I will try it out for a month or two and decide if I use it enough to justify the $10 a month. I spend about that much on itunes a month, and I quickly get tired of my library.

    Droid OG with CM6 and P3 1ghz kernel. Napster app runs quite well.

  • Cory

    hahaha my 26 year old sister used napster when she was like 15 or 16 hahaha

  • http://twitter.com/DroidEmperor R R

    I think I'll stick with Slacker.

  • http://twitter.com/DroidEmperor R R

    I think I'll stick with Slacker.

  • schmaltzy

    I inherited a Napster subscription when I got married….. :-)

    Anyone know if your Android device will be covered under the $10 subscription?

  • ericsorensen

    Rhapsody sounds a little better than Napster and Pandora, which is why I use Rhapsody.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1276750673 Earl Painter

    Why would I pay 10 dollars a month for something I can get elsewhere for free. This is the age of smartphones do they think we are stupid?

    • Mjrei

      Earl, “they” in this case is Best Buy. Best Buy bought Napster a couple of years ago. “They” may not think you are stupid… but I do. Sorry, Napster, unlike the free Pandora, Slacker Radio, et al., fall under what is know as “FairPlay” licensing which means you can’t repeat, can’t search for specific songs, and can only forward a limited number of times. On the contrary, Napster allows you full access to 11 million+ songs in their entirety on demand. Another reason Napster is worth every penny of the monthly fee.

      Here’s one last caveat that makes a Napster subscription a no-brainer, even for guys like you… For your monthly subscription, you also get the equivalent in free download credits every month. That is to say, if you pay $15 every 3 months like I do, you get 15 download credits every three months as well. If you buy music on Amazon, iTunes or any pay download site, Napster is a deal. Unlimited streaming and a 1-to-1 dollar for dollar credit for music each month which essentially makes the unlimited streaming FREE! Try to get full access to music streaming (not just 30 sec clips) and free downloads every month from Amazon or iTunes. I’ve been a subscriber to Napster since it went legit and it’s the best $5 a month I’ve ever spent for music!

      Again, Napster may not think you’re stupid, but I do. Or maybe you’re not stupid. Maybe you’re just disinterested in paying artists for their music as you likely find yourself in the “freeloader” realm of music downloaders.

      I’d love to hear your response. Napster is awesome. Really.

  • http://twitter.com/tomabrad Tom

    How about utorrent makes an Android app… please!

    • pcguru30

      There are other torrent apps on the android store i think they are pay but really, torrenting on 3G i would imagine being a nightmare…4G maybe

      • http://twitter.com/tomabrad Tom

        Ya torrenting on 3g would not be the best, but I have mine connected to wifi often so that wouldn't be much of a problem.

        From the user comments on the already created torrent apps, they seem to suck.

        • pcguru30

          5 bucks says half the complaints regarding the existing apps are related to people who don't realize how slow 3G is and they aren't torrenting on thier own home wifi

    • brando56894

      when I didnt have internet at my house I bought swarm for $5 and it was a pretty decent app, I actually dowloaded tv shows with it, it took like 2 or 3 hours though. I agree that while torrenting on 3g isnt the best solution, it works well when its the only thing available.

  • Martin

    I beta tested the app on my nexus. In combination with my portable logitech pure-fi bluetooth speakers really useful when having a outdoor party.

  • Ninja Skilz

    **Crickets**

  • JubbaTheHutt

    FINALLY!

    Now I can truly use Napster on the Go *rimshot*

  • Ir

    Even though I have napster service it says I need the now available but more expensive napster plus mobile access and the app weirdly froze/shutdown my phone. I had to do a battery pull. Thats never happened.

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica Marchand

    Napster?!?!?! I was over this one like 6yrs ago, when it was free and first started. I admire the fact that they wont give up. I mean they started this whole free music sharing got caught, had to pay and now there are even BETTER free music sharing sites, and if that fails at least we have youtube.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      ” The {free} service operated between June 1999 and July 2001.”

  • Cartesian Crusader

    I've been using Napster as my music service for the last 2 years. Works like Rhapsody, only better. So far the app works great (D1). Syncs seamlessly with my account showing me everything I have on my PC. I'll I had to do was log in. Access to 11 mil songs for $10 works for me. Good comedy selection too. Try finding that on Pandora.

  • http://twitter.com/teardropcity matt wheeler

    I might be willing to give this a whirl. I currently use the Rhapsody app for Android, which more or less SUCKS.
    Crazy amount of bugs in it, and it plays to step child to their iPhone version. If Napster's app works well, then I'll give them my 10 dollars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    Nopester

  • KiriusKris

    Napster is soooo 20th century!

  • Rain_king46

    I dont personally use it, but it is my understanding that Napster is owned by Best Buy and is an all pay site now which kind of defeated what made it so popular back in the day. Its is basically like Pandora and Amazon MP3 rolled into one site. Looks good but holds no real appeal for me. Pandora is amazing and I can get my MP3's the old fashioned way.

    • JTE

      by “old fashioned way” do you mean ripping cd's or limewire ;)

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    Wow. People still use Napster?

    • jeesung

      not since they stopped being illegal ;-)

      • Mjrei

        Napster has about 800,000 subscribers. It is owned by Best Buy who bought it about 2 years ago. It’s EXACTLY like iTunes except it doesn’t totally suck like iTunes! I mean, you get free downloads every month for your subscription and you get to listen to music tracks on demand in their entirety! None of the iTunes 30 sec preview crap. Napster has been legit since about 2007 or so and it is a bargain at $5 a month! For $5/mo you get 5 free downloads a month and 11 million+ tunes to stream on demand in full… so YES Napster is legit! And YES Napster is awesome.

      • Mjrei

        Napster has about 800,000 subscribers. It is owned by Best Buy who bought it about 2 years ago. It’s EXACTLY like iTunes except it doesn’t totally suck like iTunes! I mean, you get free downloads every month for your subscription and you get to listen to music tracks on demand in their entirety! None of the iTunes 30 sec preview crap. Napster has been legit since about 2007 or so and it is a bargain at $5 a month! For $5/mo you get 5 free downloads a month and 11 million+ tunes to stream on demand in full… so YES Napster is legit! And YES Napster is awesome.

  • villian1998

    Bring back AudioGalaxy, I use to love that service

  • FortitudineVincimus

    who is Napstr?

    • Xheavymetaldadx

      Seth Green ;-)

      • The350zWolf

        Yeah, he got ripped off by some other dude… kinda what Mark Zuckerberg did!

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    nice choice of katy perry…not a fan of her music, but she definitely has a lot of “talent” reference: SNL skit.

    • The350zWolf

      She's cute too 8^)

  • Mac

    NOPE! FIRST!

    • Mac

      I've been reading Droid Life since I got my D1 back in April..and I've always secretly wanted to say that but I know some people hate it…please forgive me…

      • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

        those who hate it were never hugged as a child.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

          Those who hate it just don’t like having their time wasted. I come to this site for information and the cool stuff that Kellex puts up. Not douchebaggery from bored kids.

          Mac: nice job and thanks for the apology. I can understand the temptation, but I applaud the fact that you were an adult about it afterwards.

      • bravoleader2

        I hate you

        • Gabe

          does someone need a hug?

          • bravoleader2

            free hugs? Sold.