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Napster Gets A Reboot...Again

The brand that burst the music-industry bubble returns, sort of.

A large swath of people might only know Napster from what they saw on The Social Network, where its co-founder Sean Parker was played by Justin Timberlake as a rich dickhead. But in the early aughts, Napster was clutch for young people looking to download their favorite songs (illegally).

The brand is getting a reboot, as it was announced Wednesday (June 15) that Rhapsody will be changing its name to Napster. Napster kinda became the home for pirated music...so the recording industry sued the company until it was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2002. It was acquired by a series of companies since then; music-streaming service Rhapsody was the latest owner.

Napster, along with other peer to peer file-sharing services like LimeWire, is the granddaddy to music subscription platforms like Tidal and Spotify. Rhapsody's website promises customers there will be no changes to their playlists, favorites, albums, and artists, and that the price won't change either. It currently offers two tiers, at $4.99 and $9.99 a month.

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