Napster is the original, streaming, music service. It boasts a catalog of over 42 million songs (and growing) and over three million paying subscribers worldwide.
Napster creates new ways to connect you with the artists you love. Plus, they personalize your music experience – the more you listen to, the more they can recommend curated playlists, new artists, and artists you may have missed (but just might love).
Napster has mobile apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle, and Windows Phone. You can listen to your music on any Mac or PC, or stream music to every room in your house with compatible home audio systems.
Important : You must deliver your music to BOTH Naptster AND iHeartRadio in order to be eligble for iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster
Note : Napster does not accept karaoke, soundalike covers, or tribute albums. Napster no longer sells this content in their store as it has caused too much confusion with their customers.
GO LIVE TIME
It takes about 1 week for content to go live in Napster.
NAPSTER STORE TERRITORIES
Napster is currently available in Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Japan (via Rakuten Music), Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the United States.
HOW NAPSTER SELLS YOUR MUSIC
Napster sells your music via Streams.
Through their subscription service, Napster offers to stream music via their streaming service. Napster offers free trial subscriptions for non-customers which allows unlimited plays for up to 30-days or up to 400 plays over a more extended period.
There are several kinds of Napster customers each with their own options for buying your music, each of which generates money for you in a different way:
- Napster Subscribers can listen to an unlimited number of full-length songs while they are connected to the Internet and download (cache) an unlimited number of high-quality music files to their PC. They can listen to these downloaded songs online or offline and keep the music they download so long as their subscription is current. These songs and albums aren’t “purchased” or “permanent” downloads. There’s no way for a customer to burn or save the music, and as soon as the customer’s subscription lapses, they lose access to these “tethered downloads.”
- Napster Trial Subscribers are trying out the subscription streaming service. Unlimited trial subscriptions last 14-30 days. Trial subscribers have put down a credit card and typically get access for free for 30 days before being charged for the first month of subscription (see below for important details). When a Napster Subscriber streams or “tethered downloads” your songs, you get a payment, but when a Napster Trial Subscriber streams, you don’t get a payment (see below).
Important : Anyone can sign up for a Napster Trial by putting down a credit card and get unlimited free streams for 14-30 days. Trials are, however, limited to one customer per year. If a customer streams your music during this period, you will not get any payment for the streams–it’s considered promotional. This is a Napster policy. If you do not like the idea of people streaming your music for free, please do not choose Napster as one of your digital distribution stores.
Important : Napster does not accept soundalike cover songs (more and more stores are starting to take this stance as well). A soundalike cover is a song that sounds very similar to the original. Stores consider this content deceptive and misleading and do not want their customers to purchase this material by mistake. If you distribute soundalike covers to this store the content will get hidden and we will not be able to reverse this or issue any refunds.
PAY RATE (HOW MUCH NAPSTER PAYS YOU)
Paid Streams: When a subscriber streams your music (this excludes non-subscriber streams that are 30 seconds or less), you get paid a proportionate share of Napster’s subscription revenue per month. The pay-out rates can fluctuate each month, depending on how much subscription revenue was generated and how often your music was streamed.