Rhapsody International, the provider of the first subscription digital music service, has announced the expansion of digital music brand Napster to 14 countries across Europe.
Napster is now available to music fans in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
“Our goal is to deliver to music fans the most immersive and personal way to discover music, whether that’s through the latest release from international superstars or new albums from emerging local artists,” said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody International. “As we expand Napster’s global footprint, we’ll continue to emphasize partnerships as the primary strategy to bring Napster to a wider audience on their favourite devices, no matter where they are.”
Napster features a large catalogue of music from both local and international artists. Music fans will have access to more than 20 million songs globally – online and offline – through connected audio systems, smartphones, tablets and much more. The service is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android smartphones and tablets. Napster’s teams will offer playlists, featured artists and editorial content in the Napster Music Guide to help users discover new music. The service also offers inside tips, live sessions and exclusive artist interviews.
For 9.95€ per month, users can buy access to unlimited web and mobile streaming. Payment can be made via credit card, by direct debit or PayPal if available.
“Music streaming has taken off in Europe,” said Thorsten Schliesche, senior vice president and general manager, Europe, for Napster. “People are open to convenient and legal ways to discover music. We look forward to accompanying our listeners on that journey, offering them a great experience and a deep catalogue of music.”
Napster was originally founded as a music file-sharing platform in 1999. Today, it has evolved into an industry leading and fan-oriented music service, and is one of the most established brands in the digital music business. Rhapsody International offers Rhapsody in the United States and Napster in Europe. Both are among the most popular on-demand music services worldwide.
To get started, customers can visit www.napster.com to sign up and, for a limited time, can test Napster Unlimited with a free 30-day trial. Visitors will be immediately directed to their country-specific page for more information.