Nostalgia: Napster debuts on iOS with poor sound quality

With yesterday’s iPad VLC release and now Napster, iOS devices are receiving a fair amount of big, multimedia press. Of course, this isn’t the Napster you grew up with as a shifty-eyed teenager at the end of the 90′s. Napster was bought by Best Buy back in 2008 in one of the better ironic moments in history. Anyway, it’s back, and evidently, it’s out to turn up the sleeves of rental P2P music sharing – if you’re in the US of A, that is. And if you can stomach the “awful” sound quality. Napster reckon they stream both new and old tracks in 128kbps (a number that still carries the stigma of poor sound), but its customers reckon that music sounds like the radio. If Nappy wants to get its mojo on, it’s gonna have to dish out at least 128kpbs sounding files in a music app! But then, what’s Napster without complaints from audiophiles?

For the uninitiated:

Some of the things you can do with Napster plus mobile access:

• Save songs, albums, and playlists to play even when you’re offline
• Kick back with playlists, recommendations, and Billboard® charts dating back to 1955
• Create your own playlists for a customized listening experience
• Save your last 100 songs played so you can easily replay favorites
• Automix your favorite song to create an instant playlist blending similar artists

Napster® Napster LLC, a Best Buy company, Napster®, 1.85MB – Free

Full details after the gap:

App Description

Listen instantly to your choice of over 10 million full-length songs as often as you like, and in the order you want, including new releases and old favorites—all for just $10 a month. You can save songs, playlists, and albums to your iPhone® to enjoy when not connected and listen while you run other apps. Also enjoy Napster on any connected computer, compatible TV, Blu-ray™ player or other compatible home audio product. New customer? TRY IT FOR FREE, and save 20% when you choose the Napster plus mobile access annual plan.

Some of the things you can do with Napster plus mobile access:

• Save songs, albums, and playlists to play even when you’re offline
• Kick back with playlists, recommendations, and Billboard® charts dating back to 1955
• Create your own playlists for a customized listening experience
• Save your last 100 songs played so you can easily replay favorites
• Automix your favorite song to create an instant playlist blending similar artists

Napster plus mobile access also allows unlimited access to Napster on the web from any browser. Please note: Songs saved to your mobile device will only remain playable during your Napster plus Mobile Access subscription membership. Napster is not responsible for any data charges that your mobile carrier may charge. Service available to US residents only.

Napster® Napster LLC, a Best Buy company, Napster®, 1.85MB – Free

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