Will Napster Members See Prices Increase For Rhapsody?

Napster subscribers received an email earlier this week stating that Napster had great news regarding their accounts.  What was the great news?  Basically Best Buy has decided to sell their Napster subscription music service to Rhapsody.  That makes sense for Rhapsody given Spotify’s emergence into the U. S. music subscription scene.  Yet it might not be such great news for Napster members currently paying $5 a month or $50 a year for unlimited music streaming plus song credits.  Since the least expensive plan from Rhapsody is $9.99 a month.  Then again maybe Rhapsody will roll out a $4.99 non-mobile plan to compete with Spotify.

Here’s a breakdown of the current account pricing for Napster, Rhapsody and Spotify.  Along with key features.

Napster

  • $5 a month – unlimited streaming + 5 song credits
  • $50 a year – unlimited streaming + 60 song credits
  • $10 a month – unlimited streaming + mobile device
  • $96 a year – unlimited streaming + mobile device

Rhapsody

  • $9.99 a month – unlimited streaming + access from 1 mobile device
  • $14.99 a month – unlimited streaming + access from 3 mobile devices

Spotify

  • $4.99 a month – unlimited streaming
  • $9.99 a month – unlimited streaming + access from 1 mobile device

We applaud Rhapsody for their purchase of Napster….. assuming they release a $5 non-mobile streaming plan.  We’ve had an opportunity to test all three services and prefer the Rhapsody web interface.  So if they release a $5 monthly plan and roll in the Napster non-mobile subscribers it could put them in a good position.  Otherwise there may be quite a few Napster members seeking alternatives like Spotify.

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