No Mac Napster?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Despite a previous statement 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 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.
  2. Metatron macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2002
    And we care because...........can I say iTunes anyone!
  3. suzerain macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2000
    Beijing, China
    who cares?

    i mean, many ways to we need to buy the same old crap?
  4. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    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.
  5. alset macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2002
    East Bay, CA
    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.

  6. johnnowak macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2003
    New York, New York
    Heh, I love how this has more positive than negative votes.

    "Yay, less options for the consumer! This rocks! Go Apple!"
  7. sparkleytone macrumors 68020


    Oct 28, 2001
    Greensboro, NC
    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.
  8. trilogic macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2001
    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.
  9. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    The only reason Mac support would be good is if they get international support first.
  10. Sabenth macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    Hmm would have thought this was obvious. Guess i am more foward thinking than i thought way to go Napster..
  11. rauf macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2003
    Kiwiland now - it's the best.
    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.

  12. Hmm macrumors regular


    Apr 11, 2002
    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.
  13. ITR 81 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2003
    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.
  14. Jerry Spoon macrumors 6502a

    Jerry Spoon

    Jan 8, 2002
    Historic St. Charles
    I usually don't like when people simply post, "Who Cares?", but really folks, do that many people really want this option?
  15. Lancetx macrumors 68000


    Aug 11, 2003
    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.
  16. Zech Marquis macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2003
    Portsmouth, VA
    I couldn't care less about Napster now

    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.
  17. the_mole1314 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    Akron, OH
    Why would you use Napster if all the players that support WMA don't work for Mac?
  18. iggyb macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2003
    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.
  19. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    Re: who cares?

  20. 1macker1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2003
    A Higher Level
    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.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2003
    Too bad my University signed up with Napster

    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.
  22. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Re: Too bad my University signed up with Napster

    You'll want to start drinking Pepsi around February. And McDonalds might soon become very appealing...
  23. KREX725 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2003
    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'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.
  24. iPC macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2003
    East Windsor, CT
    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...
  25. sethypoo macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    Some how I saw this coming.


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

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