Chris Gorog

  1. Napster Releases iPhone App

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster now has an iPhone app, allowing subscribers to stream songs to their mobile device. Like the other streaming services, it offers streaming access to its full catalog, cache songs on the device, create playlists and adds an automix feature ...

  2. Napster Japan To Close

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan, a joint venture between the U.S.-based Napster and Tower Records Japan, will shut on May 31, drawing to a close the first digital music subscription service in Japan. Napster Japan released the information on its Web site, saying th ...

  3. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  4. Napster CEO Steps Down

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: According to Best Buy, Napster president Brad Duea is also no longer with the company. Both positions were eliminated as part of a executive restructuring and not as voluntary a move as Gorog suggested in the original e-mail announcing the ...

  5. Napster Opens Service To Developers

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its ongoing effort to integrate its streaming music service to as many devices and applications as possible, Napster today unveiled its Napster Access program - a web portal where third-party developers can download the tools needed to add Naps ...

  6. Napster Introduces $5 Unlimited Stream, Five Download Tier

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Napster subscription service introduced a new pricing tier that allows users to stream an unlimited number of songs and download five DRM-free tracks a month for $5. The offer does not require subscribers to download the Napster client, but ra ...

  7. Best Buy To Buy Napster For $121 Million

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy Co. Inc said on Monday it plans to buy digital music service Napster Inc for $121 million in cash. Best Buy said it will $2.65 per share, nearly double the amount of Friday's closing price. Included in t ...

  8. Napster To Sell Unprotected MP3s

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Napster Inc. said yesterday (Jan. 6) it will begin selling music downloads as unprotected MP3 files in the spring, joining other online retailers. The file format change will apply only to single tracks and album purchases, according to a company ...

  9. AT&T, Napster Extend Mobile Deal

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AT&T extended it's partnership with Napster to include an over-the-air, full-song download service that provides the wireless operators’ customers to the entire Napster catalog of 5 million tracks. The Napster Mobile service looks very mu ...

  10. Napster Names COO

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster has hired Christopher Allen as its new COO, replacing Laura Goldberg, who is leaving the company. Allen was most recently VP of product strategy, design and marketing for Blockbuster Online. He held similar titles at Yahoo Music and MusicM ...

  11. NARM Coverage: Analyst Offers Retailers Digital Strategies

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Retailers attending NARM were encouraged to embrace both the Internet and mobile service to maintain relevancy with music fans slowly abandoning the traditional record store at this morning's digital panel. During the session, Gartner analyst ...

  12. NARM Coverage: Industry Group Adds Digital Reps To Board

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move that illustrates the industry's landscape, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers expanded its board of directors by adding two digital music merchants, Napster chairman and CEO Chris Gorog and eMusic CEO David Pakman. In oth ...

  13. Napster Brings OTA Sub Service To Japan

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan says it will launch an over-the-air (OTA) music subscription service through a joint venture with Tower Records Japan. The service is being launched in cooperation with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's biggest mobile carrier, which is Tower ...

  14. Napster Japan Rolls Out KDDI Services

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan has launched master ringtone and full-song download services on No. 2 Japanese telecom KDDI's "Ezweb" mobile Internet interface. The deal with KDDI, which boasts some 20 million subscribers, brings the total number of ...

  15. Napster Nabs AOL Music Now Subscribers

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Just a week after acquiring the subscriber base of the now-defunct Virgin Digital subscription service, Napster is taking over as the official music subscription service for AOL Music. AOL has dumped the Music Now service, which it acquired from C ...

  16. Napster 2Q Loss Narrows

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company's revenues grow. Napster Inc. said Wednesday (Nov. 8) its second-quarter loss narrowed from a year ago, beating Wall Street estimates as the online music service saw a boost in revenue. The company, which said in September it was expl ...

  17. Napster Japan Goes Live

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Some 1.9 million tracks -- ...

  18. Napster Japan Goes Live

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New service offers 1.8m titles. Napster Japan, the territory's first subscription-based music download service, launched today (Oct. 3). Some 1.9 million tracks -- of which international repertoire comprises 90% -- will be available via the N ...

  19. Napster Explores Sale Of Company

    September 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Has hired investment banking firm UBS. Napster has put itself up for possible sale in response to what it claims is "recent third party interest in establishing strategic partnerships or potentially acquiring the company." The Los Angele ...

  20. Napster Readies Mobile Download Service

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will launch with 2 million tracks available. During Napster's first quarter earnings call Aug. 3, the company's CEO, Chris Gorog, revealed that its full song mobile music download service will go live next week with southeastern regional ...

  21. Napster Posts Q1 Loss Of $9.8 million

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music service reports record revenues. Napster Inc. reported Wednesday (Aug. 2) that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service posted record revenues and boosted its subscriber rolls during the qua ...

  22. Napster Posts Q1 Loss Of $9.8 million

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music service reports record revenues. Napster Inc. reported Wednesday (Aug. 2) that its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed from the year-ago period as the online music service posted record revenues and boosted its subscriber rolls during the qua ...

  23. Napster Goes Live In Germany

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Service launches with 1.5M titles. Napster goes live on Friday (Dec. 9) in Germany, its first non-English speaking market. The digital music service also operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Described as "the territor ...

  24. Napster Goes Live In Germany

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Napster goes live on Friday (Dec. 9) in Germany, its first non-English speaking market. The digital music service also operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Napster goes live on Friday (Dec. 9) in Germany, its first non-Eng ...

  25. Napster To Revamp Web Site

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hopes to generate new revenue streams. Napster is planning a major overhaul of its Web site early next year in order to tap a new source of revenue -- online advertising. During the company's fiscal second quarter earnings call, Napster CEO C ...

  26. Tower Inks Deal On Napster Japan

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Napster has been formally established, the retailer said today (Oct. 25). Tower Japan says it hopes to have Napster Japan in operation by spring 2006. Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Naps ...

  27. Tower Inks Deal On Napster Japan

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Napster has been formally established, the retailer said today (Oct. 25). Tower Japan says it hopes to have Napster Japan in operation by spring 2006. Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Naps ...

  28. Tower Inks Deal On Napster Japan

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Napster has been formally established, the retailer said today (Oct. 25). Tower Japan says it hopes to have Napster Japan in operation by spring 2006. Tower Records Japan's joint venture with Naps ...

  29. Napster U.K. Membership Swells To 750K

    September 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. business of online music service Napster has disclosed that it has sold more than 55 million downloaded and streamed full-length tracks since its launch 15 months ago. The U.K. business of online music service Napster has disclosed that i ...

  30. Napster U.K. Membership Swells To 750K

    September 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. business of online music service Napster has disclosed that it has sold more than 55 million downloaded and streamed full-length tracks since its launch 15 months ago. The U.K. business of online music service Napster has disclosed that i ...

  31. Hackers Claim To Infiltrate Napster To Go

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Hackers are claiming to have discovered a way to copy music from Napster's new portable subscription service, Napster To Go. NEW YORK -- Hackers are claiming to have discovered a way to copy music from Napster's new portable subscription ...

  32. Napster Goes Portable

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Napster today (Feb. 3) bows its Napster To Go portable subscription product and says it will support the launch with a $30 million marketing campaign that includes a Super Bowl commercial on Feb. 6. Napster today (Feb. 3) bows its Napster To Go po ...

  33. Napster Eyes Up German Service

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Napster will enter into the German market before the end of the year. CANNES, France -- Napster will enter into the German market before the end of the year. Parent company Roxio on Jan. 22 used the platform of MidemNet to unveil details of its pl ...

  34. Napster Eyes German Service

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Schliesche to helm Frankfurt-based firm. Napster will enter into the German market before the end of the year. The online music company today (Jan. 22) used the platform of MidemNet to unveil details of its planned pre-Christmas expansion into Eur ...

  35. Napster Eyes German Service

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Napster will enter into the German market before the end of the year. The online music company today (Jan. 22) used the platform of MidemNet to unveil details of its planned pre-Christmas expansion in Napster will enter into the German market befo ...

  36. Napster U.K. Drops Download Prices

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Napster U.K. is cutting the price of its digital downloads. From today (Jan. 12), customers can buy individual tracks for £0.79 ($1.48) and full album downloads will cost £7.95 ($14.94). The Napster U.K. is cutting the price of i ...

  37. Napster U.K. Drops Download Prices

    January 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Napster U.K. is cutting the price of its downloads. Starting today (Jan. 12), customers can buy individual tracks for £0.79 ($1.48); full album downloads cost £7.95 ($14.94). The prices are Napster U.K. is cutting the price of it ...

  38. Roxio Completes Software Sale

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Digital media firm Roxio Inc. has completed the sale of its consumer software division to Sonic Solutions, meaning that it will enter 2005 able to focus on the Napster online music service as its main Digital media firm Roxio Inc. has completed th ...

  39. Napster U.K. Teams Up With Post Office

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Roxio-owned download service Napster U.K. is ramping up its presence at bricks & mortar retail through a pact with Britain's Post Office. Roxio-owned download service Napster U.K. is ramping up its presence at bricks & mortar reta ...

  40. Studios Must Work To Avoid Digital Pitfalls

    November 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Top execs call for more online content. The movie industry will face the same piracy woes of the music business by holding back online content, top digital executives stated during Billboard's Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards (DE ...

  41. Napster Bows Portable Subscription Service

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 'Napster To Go' allows for transfer to devices. Napster today (Sept. 1) became the first digital music service to jump into the subscription portability business, launching a preview of an offering called "Napster to Go." The s ...

  42. Roxio Ditches Software Biz For Napster Focus

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roxio is getting out of the CD-burning software business and betting its future on its fledgling Napster digital music service. Roxio is getting out of the CD-burning software business and betting its future on its fledgling Napster digital music ...

  43. Roxio Ditches Software Biz For Napster Focus

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Roxio is getting out of the CD-burning software business and betting its future on its fledgling Napster digital music service. Roxio is getting out of the CD-burning software business and betting its future on its fledgling Napster digital music ...

  44. Napster Expands University Program

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As part of an ongoing effort to provide alternatives to digital-music piracy on college campuses, Napster has created new relationships with six schools. As part of an ongoing effort to provide alternatives to digital-music piracy on college campu ...

  45. Napster Makes Key Marketing Appointment

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster, the digital-music service owned by Roxio, has hired advertising and branding veteran Alan Cohen as its chief marketing officer. Napster, the digital-music service owned by Roxio, has hired advertising and branding veteran Alan Cohen as it ...

  46. Napster Makes Key Marketing Appointment

    July 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster, the digital-music service owned by Roxio, has hired advertising and branding veteran Alan Cohen as its chief marketing officer. Napster, the digital-music service owned by Roxio, has hired advertising and branding veteran Alan Cohen as it ...

  47. Napster, Best Buy Forge Marketing Ties

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster has signed a multi-year marketing deal that will make it the "leading digital-music service" promoted by Best Buy in its in-store-marketing activities. The deal also covers broadcast, print an Napster has signed a multi-year mark ...

  48. Napster, Best Buy Forge Marketing Ties

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster has signed a multi-year marketing deal that will make it the "leading digital-music service" promoted by Best Buy in its in-store-marketing activities. The deal also covers broadcast, print an Napster has signed a multi-year mark ...

  49. Napster Bows In Canada

    May 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/digital/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000502676">As expected</A>, Napster today (May 26) launched a regionally branded version of its digital-mu As expected , Napster to ...

  50. Napster Launches U.K. Version

    May 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster launched in the United Kingdom today. It is the first of the U.S.-based legal online-music services to cross the Atlantic. Napster launched in the United Kingdom today . It is the first of the U.S.-based legal online-music services to cros ...

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