More blood on Apple iTunes Store’s play button: AOL Music Now folds

“This morning, Napster sent out a press release saying it is forming a partnership with AOL to integrate itself into the AOL Music site, and AOL is scuttling the Music Now service. Music Now subscribers will be migrated over to Napster automatically unless they opt out, and their catalogs will be replicated by Napster,” Kyle Monson reports for AppScout.

Monson reports, “Napster’s got a solid subscription music service that’s never been able to make any money (in fact, last I heard it was up for sale, and I assumed it would either be gone or acquired in the near future). And AOL’s never been able to gain much traction with Music Now, despite it being an excellent service with one of the best UIs around when it was acquired. So what we have are two money-losing-yet-decent services joining forces to create…what?”

Full article here.

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31 Comments

  1. Actually, I think there is a place for a good subscription service for those that like that model. I have no problem with Napster, especially as long as the DRM stripping software keeps up. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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