A name from times past. Napster became famous in the early 2000s for its peer-to-peer file sharing software. Today, the service has transformed to become a popular subscription-based streaming music application, offering access to over 110 million songs in every genre.
Napster is similar to competitor Spotify, but there are some subtle differences — mainly in terms of the interface and inclusion of artists. Some musicians are available on Napster and unavailable on Spotify, and vice versa. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preferences.
You can access Napster in many different ways: via your favourite Web browser by using a desktop PC or laptop, using an Android or Apple iOS mobile app, or even on some smart TVs. Napster is also compatible with many smart watches. A full list of compatible devices can be found on their website. A Linux app is reportedly in the pipeline, although there are no further details on this.
Two major plans are available: “Individual” and “Family”. If you want to give access to multiple people (up to six), the Family plan is definitely worth it.
After the free trial has ended, the cost to continue running the service is approximately £10 per month. You can cancel at any point and there are no long-term contracts, making Napster flexible and affordable.