Remember NAPSTER? It's Coming Back!
Streaming service Rhapsody, which acquired Napster in 2012, has announced it is rebranding as Napster, presumably in a bid to capitalise on the platform's enduring name recognition.
The service promises in a blog post: "No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned!"
In a press statement, the company said its decision to switch to the Napster name "is one of many steps we're taking to strengthen our global brand and better position the company for growth".
The pioneering file-sharing service's software, created in 1999 by 19-year-old student Shawn Fanning, enabled users to swap MP3 files with each other across the internet for free. But that activity cut into the profits of the recording industry and artists, which filed lawsuits that eventually toppled Napster.
Hobbled by an onslaught of litigation from the traditional music industry, it morphed into a legal, streaming service and has been flying under the radar ever since.