Los Angeles – Napster Japan, the
music service joint venture between Napster, now a unit of Best Buy (NYSE: BBY), and Tower
Records Japan, will shutter at the end of May, Billboard reported.
reason was the fact that Napster did away with digital rights management (DRM)
restrictions, and such a model would be prohibitively expensive to operate in Japan.
also told Billboard that Napster Japan did not ever grow its subscriber base to
a profitable level, and that it suffered from a lack of willingness on the part
of some labels and Japanese artists to license their tracks to the service.
launched in October 2006.