R.I.P. Napster

By Tom Breihan / December 1, 2011 - 11:34 am

It’s been more than a decade since it existed in any meaningful sort of way, but Napster, the file-sharing service that spread like wildfire across late-’90s college campuses and changed the music industry forever, is finally blinking out of existence for days. After the courts of the world stopped it from fulfilling its illegal file-sharing raison d’etre, Napster reinvented itself as a Best Buy-owned streaming service. And as CNN reports, Rhapsody has now acquired Napster, and it’ll be putting that kitty logo out of its misery. In exchange, Best Buy is getting a share of Rhapsody ownership, and Rhapsody is getting all of Napster’s subscribers.