The deal gives the streaming service acccess to the U.S.'s third largest mobile carrier with nearly 60 million users.
Napster, the world's longest-running streaming service, is in a deal-making mood as it works to keep up with the digital music Joneses. Today it announced new partnership with Sprint that will give its mobile users access to 40 million-plus song as well pairings with a major airline, a discount grocer and various labels for content.
The partnership with Sprint will gift the carrier's nearly 60 million users one month of Napster before the service can then be added to their monthly bill for $9.99/month. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile and Sprint's prepaid mobile brands will also add the streaming service to their lineup of data-free music streaming providers. Customers using Napster are able to stream unlimited music without using their high speed data plan.
The news comes as part of Napster's quarterly business update, which has brought several other partnership announcements, including a deal with headphone maker Even around a personalized "earprint” when using their headphones with Napster, and two deals with German companies, one with Lufthansa which will add Napster to its BoardConnect platform and another with mass-market retailer Aldi to power the brand's Aldi Life Musik service wth Medion.