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Napster Debuts Napster Access API For Consumer Electronics And Web January 7, 2010

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Napster, the pioneer of digital music, made Napster Access, its application programming interface (API), publicly available via the new Napster Access developer portal. Now consumer electronics and web developers of any size can easily integrate Napster content and services into their own products and web pages.

“Now our consumer electronic partners, music bloggers, music fan sites and other businesses, regardless of size, can easily create and offer our on-demand music service and sell MP3s directly from their site or product.” said Christopher Allen, Napster general manager.

The Napster API includes access to all of the Napster music service features, including: a la carte MP3 purchasing (via Web), on-demand streaming of nine million songs, radio stations, user-created playlists and Billboard charts. Consumer electronics device and web developers can learn more about the Napster API, and sign up for Napster Access at http://developer.napster.com.

Napster Live On Samsung Connected TVs January 6, 2010

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Napster, the pioneer of digital music, announced that Samsung televisions with Internet@TV now support the Napster TV widget, which provides access to the Napster subscription music service.

This week, owners of Samsung televisions with Internet@TV can now enjoy personalized on-demand music in their living room, or any room with a TV.

Anyone with a Samsung television with the Internet@TV feature can access the free Napster TV widget in the Yahoo! Widget Gallery and instantly enjoy a free 14-day trial. Napster subscribers can sign in to their account from the connected TV to browse, search, preview and listen to Napster’s entire catalog of music, on-demand, as well as enjoy custom radio stations, playlists and Billboard Charts for as low as $5 per month.

“We think TV is more than just for viewing your favorite programs. We’re committed to enriching in-home entertainment, and as part of this effort, we’re focused on transforming television viewing from a passive to interactive experience,” said John Revie, senior vice president, Visual Display Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “Together with Napster, we’re excited to offer a widget that mirrors the familiar Napster interface and now makes it easy to access your favorite music with a few touches of your TV remote.”

Napster is the ultimate digital music service, offering MP3 downloads and unlimited on-demand music for as low as $5 per month. Plans start with MP3 credits (5, 15, 30 or 60) to download songs from Napster’s huge library—nearly nine million tracks covering all kinds of music, from all major labels and thousands of independent artists. Unlimited streaming music allows members to listen to individual tracks as often as they like, or choose from commercial-free radio stations and expertly programmed playlists.

“Internet-connected TVs will revolutionize how consumers enjoy television and enable us to make the Napster experience come alive in living rooms across the country,” said Christopher Allen, Napster general manager. “Music lovers will now be able to enjoy unlimited on-demand access to Napster’s extensive song library, as well as sit back and enjoy hundreds of customized radio stations and playlists – all from the comfort of their couch using a remote control.”

Napster’s vision of allowing subscribers to access their favorite music anytime, on multiple devices, is now further extended to the TV screen. Napster subscribers can already play music from a computer or web-enabled phone and throughout their homes via multi-room music systems from Logitech and Sonos. Beginning today, Napster subscribers can also play any song from Napster’s vast catalog directly from their connected TV. Napster is now available across all three screens: computer, TV and mobile phone.