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Napster has unveiled a new subscription music service that is quite possibly the best deal out there.
Paying for access to streaming unlimited music is nothing new; however Napster has taken it to a new level with a $5 deal.
For the new low price listeners not only get unlimited access to streaming music on the site, but five downloads a month. That equates to 60 songs a year for $60.
For anyone who routinely pays for at least five downloads a month the offer is really a no-brainer because in addition to the songs you now have unlimited access to millions of songs.
The two main appeals to this offer are its cheap, and you get downloads every month.
Napster, which got its start as an illegal download site, is all grown up and legitimate as it was bought by Best Buy last year.
The comprehensive site offers new releases, staff picks, playlists, radio stations and extensive search options.
Compared to Rhapsody and iTunes it is the best combination of downloads and streaming songs on the market right now.
Bravo Napster, Bravo.
Get to listening now at Napster.
So it is officially 2009 and we are still downloading music to our hard drives rather than directly into our brains like some sort of futuristic sci-fi novel.
While someday we may be able to upload music directly to our cerebellums, it looks as if for the foreseeable future that MP3s will reign supreme.
According to Nielsen Co. Americans bought more music in 2008 than ever before, but album, sales witnessed a steady decline.
Music sales, including CD, cassette, vinyl and digital downloads, increased more than 10 percent over 2007. According to the year-end report, digital music accounted for more than 70 percent of that increase.
As the digital musical media experienced record growth, traditional albums fell by 428.4 million compared to 2007. Rob Sisco, Nielsen’s president of music, was quoted in USA Today saying that music purchases are “astronomically high but it’s a marketplace in transition from physical to digital.”
The trend is sure to continue, and the gap in digital versus album sales will grow in 2009. As a consumer it is far easier to click a button, pay $9.99 and have an album on your hard drive as opposed to driving to a store and paying upwards of $14 for a physical copy.
While digital downloading is easy and convenient, there are certain aspects that the next generation is sure to miss out on. The traditional Tuesday trip to the local record shop to check out the new releases and flip through the rows of albums is going by the wayside.
This site’s namesake, Liner Notes, once an art unto itself, is being reduced to PDF files that include little more than a couple photos and a MySpace web address. The musty smell of an old record shop packed to the gills with odds and ends can never be replaced by megabytes and iTunes libraries.
Yes, technology will propel us forward to the point when we plug our headphones into our forehead, but in the meantime make sure to make time for the corner record shop this New Year. If nothing else feeling vinyl between fingertips does the soul good
Top 10 downloaded songs for 2008:
1) Low by Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
2) Bleeding by Love Leona Lewis
3) Lollipop by Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
4) I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
5) Viva La Vida by Coldplay
6) Love Song by Sara Bareilles
7) Apologize by Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
8) No Air by Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
9) Disturbia by Rihanna
10) 4 Minutes by Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake
Source: Billboard Hot Digital Songs / The Nielsen Company