Napster closes up shop in Canada

Napster is winding up its Canadian business and urging customers of its online music service to use up their credits by December 16th.  The company stopped allowing new Canadian customers to sign up for its service as of November 17, 2011.

Napster Canada has been running for seven years. While no reason was given for the shut down, the writing has been on the wall for some time.

Ironically, Napster can actually be credited with ultimately inventing the music download era. The company was started in 1999 by a group of college students led by Shawn Fanning as a peer-to-peer file-sharing site that allowed users to easily rip and upload music to share with others for free in unlimited quantities.

Napster was eventually shut down due to copyright infringement. In September 2008, Napster was purchased by electronics retailer Best Buy for US$121 million.