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Napster Reports $30.3 Million in First Quarter Sales and Positive Results From New MP3 Initiative

LOS ANGELES, Aug 11, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Napster (NASDAQ:NAPS) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended June 30, 2008.

"Napster delivered a solid first quarter of $30.3 million in sales, which was relatively flat compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 reflecting the beginning of the summer season," said Chris Gorog, chairman and CEO. "Our continued focus on expenses resulted in cash flow positive results for our fifth consecutive quarter, and we are pleased to begin to see the positive impacts from both the launch of our new MP3 store and the expansion of Napster Mobile. The introduction of MP3's into our line-up has created positive trends for Napster with increases to visitation and user engagement. In addition, track sales per subscriber were up 10% in July, month over month, with total track sales up 5% during the same period. The roll out of Napster Mobile is driving forward and Napster compatible handsets will expand by millions of new units in the coming months. We expect that Napster Mobile will make the most significant contribution to our growth in fiscal 2009 bolstered by the integration of MP3 sales into our product line-up."

Napster also announced that its award-winning music subscription service will be offered on Lenovo's new line of consumer notebook computers in the U.S. and Canada. Lenovo is one of the top four computer manufacturers globally in terms of market share.

Net revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was $30.3 million compared to $30.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Gross margin increased to 27% in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to 26% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was $4.4 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $4.3 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.

Napster ended the first fiscal quarter with a total of $70.3 million of cash, cash equivalents and investments, up $500,000 from $69.8 million at March 31, 2008. Napster had approximately 708,000 paid subscribers at June 30, 2008 compared to 760,000 paid subscribers at March 31, 2008.

Business Outlook

"We expect our second fiscal quarter revenue to be approximately $30 million depending on the pace of our Napster Mobile roll outs, including new compatible handsets and carrier promotions, as well as other new marketing initiatives. We are targeting a relatively flat spend during the second quarter, excluding one-time items. Considering our stronger holiday seasonal patterns and the anticipated further expansion of Napster Mobile later this year, we expect revenue to increase in the second half of fiscal 2009," said Suzanne M. Colvin, Napster's interim chief financial officer.

Conference Call Information

The Napster first-quarter teleconference and webcast is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, August 11, 2008. To participate on the live call, analysts and investors should dial 800-366-3964 at least ten minutes prior to the call. Napster will also offer a live and archived webcast of the conference call, accessible from the "Investor Relations" section of the company's Web site at

About Napster

Napster, the pioneer of digital music, offers the ultimate in interactive music experiences, creating better ways to discover, share, acquire and enjoy music -- anytime, anywhere. The Company's offerings include "Napster" ( -- the premier online music destination featuring the most popular on-demand music subscription service in the world and the largest, most comprehensive MP3 download store on the market; "Freenapster" ( -- a unique Web experience offering free on demand music legally; and "Napster Mobile" -- one of the industry's fastest growing mobile music platforms. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Napster's services are available in markets across the Americas, Europe and Japan.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release (including the matters set forth under "Business Outlook" , Napster's expectation that Napster compatible handsets will expand by millions of new units in the coming months and Napster's expectations regarding the contribution to its growth from Napster Mobile in fiscal 2009) are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties such as our limited operating history; failure to develop new products and services; flaws inherent in our products or services; decreased demand for our products and services; failure of our products to interoperate with the hardware products of our customers; the adoption rate of mobile platforms as a method of digital music purchase, including the rate of adoption of music-enabled cell phones compatible with the Company's service offerings; intense and varied competition; failure to maintain relationships with strategic partners and content providers; and general economic conditions; that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Additional information on these and other factors are contained in Napster's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on August 11, 2008, copies of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at Napster assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release.

Copyright (C) 2008 Napster, LLC. All rights reserved. Napster is a registered trademark of Napster, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.

                            NAPSTER, INC.

                (in thousands, except per share data)

                                                    As of
                                         June 30, 2008  March 31, 2008
                                        --------------- --------------
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents             $       36,881  $      32,628
  Short-term investments                        30,731         37,164
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance
   for doubtful accounts of $41 at June
   30, 2008 and $16 at March 31, 2008            2,476          2,365
  Prepaid expenses and other current
   assets                                        3,576          2,289
                                        --------------- --------------
Total current assets                            73,664         74,446
Long-term investments                            2,708              -
Property and equipment, net                      2,909          3,358
Goodwill                                        34,658         34,658
Identifiable intangible assets, net              3,011          3,560
Other assets                                       381            285
                                        --------------- --------------
    Total assets                        $      117,331  $     116,307
                                        =============== ==============

Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                      $        2,950  $       1,745
  Accrued liabilities                           35,772         31,166
  Deferred revenues                              5,696          6,474
                                        --------------- --------------
    Total current liabilities                   44,418         39,385
Long-term liabilities
  Deferred income taxes                          4,830          4,593
  Other long-term liabilities                       47             28
                                        --------------- --------------
    Total liabilities                           49,295         44,006
                                        --------------- --------------
Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock, $0.001 par value;
   Authorized: 100,000 shares; Issued
   and Outstanding: 47,853 shares at
   June 30, 2008 and 46,122 shares at
   March 31, 2008                                   48             46
  Additional paid-in capital                   266,931        266,447
  Accumulated deficit                         (199,028)      (194,646)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income            85            454
                                        --------------- --------------
    Total stockholders' equity                  68,036         72,301
                                        --------------- --------------

    Total liabilities and stockholders'
     equity                             $      117,331  $     116,307
                                        =============== ==============

                            NAPSTER, INC.

                (in thousands, except per share data)

                                              Three Months Ended
                                         June 30,  March 31, June 30,
                                           2008      2008      2007
                                         --------- --------- ---------

Net Revenues:                            $ 30,317  $ 30,782  $ 32,254

Cost of revenues:                          22,012    22,630    23,451
                                         --------- --------- ---------

Gross margin                                8,305     8,152     8,803
                                         --------- --------- ---------

  Gross margin %                               27%       26%       27%

Operating expenses:
  Research and development                  2,015     2,357     2,712
  Sales and marketing                       3,970     4,442     3,991
  General and administrative                6,514     5,418     5,965
  Amortization of intangible assets           550       680     1,539
                                         --------- --------- ---------
    Total operating expenses               13,049    12,897    14,207
                                         --------- --------- ---------

Loss from continuing operations            (4,744)   (4,745)   (5,404)

Other income, net                             339       787     1,431
                                         --------- --------- ---------

Loss before income tax benefit
 (provision)                               (4,405)   (3,958)   (3,973)
Income tax benefit (provision)                 23      (340)     (271)
                                         --------- --------- ---------

Net loss                                 $ (4,382) $ (4,298) $ (4,244)
                                         ========= ========= =========

Basic and diluted net loss per share     $  (0.10) $  (0.10) $  (0.10)
                                         ========= ========= =========

  Weighted average shares used in
   computing net loss per share
    Basic and diluted                      43,868    43,631    43,408
                                         ========= ========= =========

SOURCE: Napster

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