Feeds

Napster readies German music service

Latest funding may drive game, video subscriptions too.

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Napster will launch a German online store "later this year", the digital music company said today.

The move follows the raising of $52.2m through a private placement of shares with institutional investors, which is expected to complete today.

Napster will use the proceeds to for business development, such as the formal launch of Napster To Go, its Windows Media 10-based portable music subscription service.

Reports today suggest Napster is also exploring movie and game downloads. This is a smart move, although one that risks diluting "the biggest brand in digital music". As always, execution will be the key to success.

UK-based music service Wippit already offers a range of software downloads.

The push into Germany kicked off with the appointment of former Deutsche Telekom ISP T-Online music content chief Thorsten Schliesche to run the Frankfurt-headquartered German service. Napster will launch in the country sometime in 2005. ®

Related stories

Napster subscriber tally hits 270,000
Napster UK pares prices
Napster trades on Nasdaq
SightSound looks to shut down Napster - again
Napster nips into newsagents

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.