Fourteen years after a judge in San Francisco ordered its shutdown, Napster is back. But not as the contentious file-sharing service that change the face of the music industry.
This week, Rhapsody — the company that bought Napster back in 2011 — announced that it had relaunched Napster in Canada as a subscription service, offering streaming of more than 35 million songs and offline playback. It costs $9.99 CAD per month, but for a limited time users can get three months of access for $1 CAD.
“Unlike other music services, Napster is personalized from day one,” read a statement from Rhapsody. “From Shawn Mendes to Alessia Cara, Napster’s deep catalog of more than 35 million songs is easily navigated through expertly curated playlists or by direct search for your favorite artists, albums and more.”
The relaunch also includes a Napster KIDS feature, “designed specifically for little ones.”