GERMANY — Regardless of the debate surrounding its continuing operation, Napster
is accumulating a large international group of music-swapping fans, according to the latest results in the Digital Media Report from MMXI Europe, a Jupiter MMXI company.
In Germany in January
2001, the Napster application that powers the service achieved a rank of 25 with 1.23 million visitors and a coverage
of 10.2 percent. This is the third highest distribution among the European
countries. In Europe, Napster achieved its highest coverage in Spain,
where it was visited by 21.6 percent of home Internet users and
reached rank 13 on the Spanish charts last January.
Italy ranked second, where the exchange service had a coverage of
15.6 percent and reached rank 19 on the list of the most-used individual
services. This made Napster even more popular in the southern European
countries than it was in its American homeland, where it achieved a
coverage of 14.1 percent among home users. Denmark was in fourth place with
7.8 percent, followed by France with 6.8 percent and, lastly, Great Britain with 5.2 percent.
Napster was number one amongst applications in Germany, Spain, France
and Italy; in Great Britain and Denmark, only the MSN Messenger Service
and ICQ were more successful.
Among the online services with the highest duration rates (the average
duration in minutes per month of use), Napster was in sixth place in
Germany last January with 125 minutes, behind Ebay.de with 163 minutes.
Just behind Napster was the financial supplier Diraba.de, which drew
around 120 minutes of user time.
Thomas Pauschert, the head of MMXI
Deutschland, says that the success of the Napster model in Europe can be
traced back to the fact that a service specializing only in music can
accumulate more user time than many services with a broader range of
“On the Internet, such a strong focus generally serves as the
ideal starting point for business with consumers,” Pauschert said.
Mark Mulligan, an analyst with Jupiter MMXI who specializes in digital music, added,
“With the threat that Napster could soon be shut down, it will now be a
challenge for the music industry to coax users of such free services to
instead use legal, chargeable channels in the future.”