As far as music streaming services go, Napster has had a very colorful history. It started off as one of the first file-sharing services, before being taken down for copyright infringement and resurfacing as an online music store before being bought by Rhapsody in 2011.
Even an up-and-down story like that can’t keep Napster in the ground for too long, as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the service has been reborn yet again, but this time as a music streaming service in the vein of Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play – that will only be available in Canada. “It was important to us that we enter Canada with a personalized music experience that has a complete catalog of local, national and international artists,” said Napster CFO Ethan Rudin.
It seems kind of silly for any sort of new streaming service to hit the market right now, but Napster is at least trying to divert from the pack a bit with artist-curated playlists, with Canadian artists Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes first up to contribute.