Napster takes on Spotify with new £5 streaming service
The mighty Spotify just got itself a major rival. Napster have unveiled their new Unlimited service – and its half the price of Spotify’s Premium equivalent.
Launched today, for only £5 a month, you’ll get access to eight million streaming songs AND five mp3s for you to keep and play, DRM-free on any device you like. Sign up for three months and you’ll get a fiver off.
Sounds good, but, it’s essentially a stripped-down version of Spotify’s all-singing, all-dancing Premium service and its offline cache-ing. What you won’t get is an app to access the service on your smartphone, or any mobile streaming at all. What you will get is the ability to ‘preview’ songs on your phone before downloading them as paid-for mp3s. Bah.
Another grouch – with Spotify, you can try before you buy with the ad-supported free service. How do we know that 7,999,000 of Napster’s tracks won’t be remixed versions of the theme tune from Only Fools And Horses? We don’t.
But, five mp3s for a fiver plus a massive catalogue to be streamed to your heart’s content is a big sell – we’ll definitely be giving it a whirl here at BWHQ. How about you lot?