Google: no interest in Napster, no plans to develop music store at this time

“Napster Inc. shares ballooned as much as 50% Tuesday after a report said Google Inc. might buy the online music service pioneer, but the stock gave back more than half its gains after Google denied takeover interest,” Jeffry Bartash and Scott Banerjee report for MarketWatch. “A Google spokesperson, in an emailed response to MarketWatch, said the company has “no plans to acquire Napster, nor do we have plans to develop a music store at this time.”

“‘For a company to acquire Napster at this point doesn’t make that much sense,’ said analyst PJ McNealy of American Technology Research, who covers Napster. ‘Napster’s business model is still unproven and in a ‘show me’ mode.’ Recently, the Los Angeles-based company cut about 10 middle managers from its payroll. Napster said that the ‘management redundancies’ were attributable to a consolidation of an online music subscription service and music sales effort,” Bartash and Banerjee report. “Before the layoffs, Web site Digital Music News reported that the company is also ‘considering various exit options, including a fire sale or liquidation.'”

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28 Comments

  1. Ugly Girl: “I’m going to the prom with the captain of the football team!”

    Pretty Girls: “Really?! Wow, you might be kind of cool!”

    Captain Of The Football Team: “You’re not going to the prom with me, and in fact I have absolutely NO interest in you whatsoever!”

    Pretty Girls: “You suck, you lying whore!”

    Ugly Girl: “I just might kill myself!”

    Nice try, Napster. You’re still the Ugly Girl no one wants to take to the prom. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. If I was Google looking to by Napster and watching their stock balloon as much as 50% I’d say the same thing so Napster’s stock would go back down.

    But then again, if I was Google I would have no interest in a black hole company who’s only claim to fame was stealing.

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