Napster Will Not Be Appearing in the App Store Anytime Soon
Lars Ulrich rejoice, Napster will NOT be heading into Apple's coveted App Store any time soon. Strange considering they once toyed with our emotions by mentioning an iPhone app was in the works? Sadly, unlike Spotify, it is just not going to happen anytime in the near future. Did Apple reject it? No, so do not go ditching your iPhone for a Android or RIM device just yet -- Napster have scrapped apps for those devices as well.
One of the most common questions Napster receives is, When will you offer an iPhone app? Well, Napster has created an iPhone application that allows subscribers to stream music on-demand to their iPhoneincluding personal playlists, albums and radio stations. You can imagine the company is also looking at streaming applications for several other mobile platforms as well (Blackberry, Android). However, due to the high licensing fees for streaming to a mobile phone, Napster has not yet submitted the iPhone app to Apple for approval or attempted to bring the application to market.
Now let's think about this for a moment, they put their iPhone application on hold due to "high licensing fees". If Spotify and Rhapsody can pull it off why can't Napster? Maybe it's due to the fact those companies charge $10.00 more a month for their service perhaps.
Whatever the case may be, would you be willing for fork over some extra cash to get Napster on your iPhone?