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MacRumors
Nov 19, 2003, 02:18 AM
Despite a previous statement (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/11/20031107173000.shtml) indicating that Napster might be coming to the Mac... new information available to MacRumors reveals that no Napster Mac port is presently underway. As well, it appears there are no plans to port Napster to the Mac.

Napster 2.0 was launched in late October (http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2003/10/20031001225954.shtml) for the Windows platform. The relaunched service now offers Protected Windows Media Audio formatted songs for purchase, which could prove to be challenging to fully support on the Mac platform.

Metatron
Nov 19, 2003, 02:38 AM
And we care because...........can I say iTunes anyone!

suzerain
Nov 19, 2003, 02:39 AM
i mean, really...how many ways to we need to buy the same old crap?

stoid
Nov 19, 2003, 02:54 AM
Yes, bring the free music to the mac again!!

Oh, wait, I forgot, Napster isn't free anymore, it's a load o' crap market piled onto of a even crappier service. Mac is all the better that we aren't afflicted with diseases like Napster and BuyMusic.

alset
Nov 19, 2003, 03:01 AM
Who cares? I care. Though this may signal that they know they can't crack the popularity of iTMS, I also hate to see discrimination toward my platform of choice. I like knowing that I chose not to use a product or service because it isn't worth my time, not because a company doesn't find my business worth coveting.

Dan

johnnowak
Nov 19, 2003, 03:08 AM
Heh, I love how this has more positive than negative votes.

"Yay, less options for the consumer! This rocks! Go Apple!"

sparkleytone
Nov 19, 2003, 03:10 AM
I was told by more than one PC user that the Napster store is way behind the iTMS as far as organization and ease of use are concerned. Also, quite a few of them weren't aware that it was using WMA, which immediately scared them. I say who needs it on the Mac. The iTMS isn't going away any time soon.

trilogic
Nov 19, 2003, 03:28 AM
I guess only very few apple users would buy their music from napster anyway. Therefore I understand that they don't want to spend time for an apple version.

but for apple users it would be good to have another choice. okay we still can go to the recordshop around the corner.

Nermal
Nov 19, 2003, 03:31 AM
The only reason Mac support would be good is if they get international support first.

Sabenth
Nov 19, 2003, 03:37 AM
Hmm would have thought this was obvious. Guess i am more foward thinking than i thought way to go Napster..

rauf
Nov 19, 2003, 05:14 AM
Who needs "new" napster... I don't understand what market they're going for on either PC or mac.

Legal music is sewn up with iTMS. peer to per networking is routinely available on both platforms (Grokster on PC, Acquisition on mac). So what market is left????

Congratulations Mr Fanning, I hope you sold your lemming for an absolute fortune.

:p

Hmm
Nov 19, 2003, 06:44 AM
The idea of a Napster "store" is ridiculous. The name doesn't make any sense. The whole point of Napster was to allow peer-to-peer sharing, legal or not. Now it's just the name of Yet Another Online Music Store. The original point of Napster was lost and all that's left is the name.

ITR 81
Nov 19, 2003, 07:12 AM
Mac users wouldn't buy Napster anyway since iTunes is such a much better music store.

I noticed today on Apples website that the iPod is the #1 seller which makes me believe alot windows users will be getting iPod's for Christmas and in the #2 spot was Panther 10.3 which means alot folks will be upgrading over this holiday season.

Jerry Spoon
Nov 19, 2003, 07:18 AM
I usually don't like when people simply post, "Who Cares?", but really folks, do that many people really want this option?

Lancetx
Nov 19, 2003, 07:41 AM
Originally posted by Jerry Spoon
I usually don't like when people simply post, "Who Cares?", but really folks, do that many people really want this option?

I couldn't agree with you more. It would certainly make no difference to me either way because I wouldn't be using Napster now or in the future whether they ever have a Mac version or not.

Zech Marquis
Nov 19, 2003, 07:42 AM
iTunes owns the online music industry, Napster won't make me change anything. M$'s sure to be crappy music store will be just like Napster, so I'm not worried about them either. By the time it's out, iTunes 5 or whtever will have even more grat features.

the_mole1314
Nov 19, 2003, 08:30 AM
Why would you use Napster if all the players that support WMA don't work for Mac?

iggyb
Nov 19, 2003, 09:14 AM
I doubt Napster will be around in the long run anyway. They thought they could use the name to attract customers, but I think that will backfire, as Napster was synonymous with file swapping, NOT a music store. Besides, if they were going to release songs in WMA format, who the heck cares anyway.

On a sidenote, however, are we going to end up as niche players again, if we stick to our guns on AAC format? I wish other music services offered AAC as well.

Kid Red
Nov 19, 2003, 10:18 AM
Originally posted by suzerain
i mean, really...how many ways to we need to buy the same old crap?

Ditto.

1macker1
Nov 19, 2003, 10:27 AM
I totally agree. It's like mac people still dont hold a strong enough voice to get equal service.

WMA's play just fine in WMP.
Originally posted by alset
Who cares? I care. Though this may signal that they know they can't crack the popularity of iTMS, I also hate to see discrimination toward my platform of choice. I like knowing that I chose not to use a product or service because it isn't worth my time, not because a company doesn't find my business worth coveting.

Dan

rsnyder@psu.edu
Nov 19, 2003, 10:37 AM
I find it interesting that Penn State chose to go with the Napster product as part of a University agreement to provide students with an alternative to unlawful file sharing. Now it makes even less sense if only students using Windows systems can access the service. With OS X, the Mac has made a strong comeback especially in the technical areas of the University. Oh well I guess those of us Macs will just drink Coke, ware Reboks, and otherwise flaunt the University's marking deals by getting our music through the cross platform alternative--iTunes Music Store.

G4scott
Nov 19, 2003, 10:44 AM
Originally posted by rsnyder@psu.edu
Oh well I guess those of us Macs will just drink Coke, ware Reboks, and otherwise flaunt the University's marking deals by getting our music through the cross platform alternative--iTunes Music Store.

You'll want to start drinking Pepsi around February. And McDonalds might soon become very appealing...

KREX725
Nov 19, 2003, 11:14 AM
Between all of the other up-and-coming (soon-to-fail) music services on the horizon (Best Buy, Wal-Mart...), do these companies actually expect to make any money? Apple themselves said they make only a nickel or so per song.

Besides, wasn't Buy.com's music store going to slaughter iTMS? I haven't seen Tommy Lee's ugly face lately, have you?

BTW, let's not forget that Seth Green is the real creator of Napster.

iPC
Nov 19, 2003, 11:17 AM
Originally posted by alset
Who cares? I care. Though this may signal that they know they can't crack the popularity of iTMS, I also hate to see discrimination toward my platform of choice. I like knowing that I chose not to use a product or service because it isn't worth my time, not because a company doesn't find my business worth coveting.

Dan
Very well said.

I find it strange that more people are not bothered by the intentional lack of choice.

G4scott - McDonald's sells Coke... So I am I supposed to be faithfull to McD's or Pepsi? Surely not both? And we know the McD's thing isn't going to happen anyhow...

sethypoo
Nov 19, 2003, 12:17 PM
Some how I saw this coming.

:rolleyes:

[continues to throw darts at target with napster sticker on the bullseye].

MasterMac
Nov 19, 2003, 01:28 PM
Somehow I'm not too disappointed that there's no Napster for Mac :p

68k_575
Nov 19, 2003, 02:34 PM
Originally posted by KREX725

Besides, wasn't Buy.com's music store going to slaughter iTMS? I haven't seen Tommy Lee's ugly face lately, have you?


No, what happened to them? I guess Scott O'Dell's plan of having 1 million downloads PER DAY fell flat on its face.

mrsebastian
Nov 19, 2003, 03:05 PM
napster, forget about it. even if it was available why would anyone use an inferior product. besides, the name now has absolutely nothing to do with the original concept.

rDLr
Nov 19, 2003, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by Lancetx
I couldn't agree with you more. It would certainly make no difference to me either way because I wouldn't be using Napster now or in the future whether they ever have a Mac version or not.

This is a good point. I never thought of that. There could be 100 iTMS clones and I would still use iTMS.

However, I don't like it when the Mac platform is skipped because it looks bad. It is more arsenal for the Windows naysayers (ie-see macs aren't even good enough to have Napster)

I guess it is irrelevant since Napster will be dead in a year anyway.

Sabenth
Nov 20, 2003, 05:47 AM
theres one thing that i seee out of all this which one of the stores has 2 companys behind it. Which store kick stared all of this and which store has the number one music player in the world

Give you a guess and a free pepsi token for iTunes