After what has appeared on the surface to be a fairly quiet year for Napster, the company has announced a fairly significant redesign to their music service and software. The new Napster, version 4, is lighter and a bit simpler, and definitely appears to take some cues from Rhapsody, especially with the launch of a Web-based version of the service--which will allow Mac and Linux users to join in the fun. Another hot addition is the Automix feature, a new music discovery tool.
With echoes of rival Rhapsody, the music service ticks up to version 4 as it reports its first quarter of positive cash flow.
The latest version of Napster offers users the ability to stream music from any PC with an Internet connection, without downloading any software.
A combination of new software and hardware offerings further enhances the Sonos Digital Music System.
Rdio is a desktop and mobile music subscription service that competes with the likes of Rhapsody and Napster. It is now available across the U.S. and Canada.
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