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Comment by jj00
about Napster · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I listen to a lot of music at my computer, and using a service like Napster is a huge convenience. It's like having Pandora except you can play anything you like, even an entire album. I should note that I only use the streaming part of the service with their desktop app (not easy to find on their website). I used to be a Rhapsody subscriber, but Napster is cheaper at $5/month and offers 5 free mp3 downloads per month with it. In my opinion, Rhapsody has a larger library but Napster is close enough and much cheaper.

I exclusively use their desktop app, I really can't stand their web app. The biggest thing to know about Napster is that they are low-budget: you get a cheaper price, but their selection, software, and feature-set somewhat lags behind some of it's competition.

My biggest wishes for the service would be that they get access on Tivo (like Rhapsody), and work towards improving their desktop app. It's obvious that they want to keep costs low, and their desktop app will never compare to the iTunes of the world - they should looks toward improving it in other ways. Either focus on being a plugin for the likes of Songbird, Winamp, etc, or open-source the app and allow it to grow into a more general media player / music organizer.

Sorry about the soapbox at the end.


Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Napster · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

There's no reason to use Rhapsody when you can get the same functionality out of Grooveshark, for free. Even if you want to go VIP with Grooveshark (in order to get the desktop and mobile apps), you only have to pay $3 a month, compared to $10 a month for Rhapsody.