Rhapsody has announced it is going ahead with the proposed acquisition of Napster's Germany and UK wings.
According to experts, the move will help the company significantly strengthen its hold over the European market.
And because Napster is no longer associated with any form of digital piracy, the music industry is reacting to this move in a positive way. Both firms will still operate under the Napster brand name though, and retain all existing employees.
"We have always been and will continue to be committed to offering music fans the most flexible, comfortable way to consume and discover music - wherever and whenever they want," said Thorsten Schliesche, general manager of Napster International; according to a report by The Inquirer.
"Combining Napster International subscribers with Rhapsody's massive base in the U.S. will further strengthen our position as the leading music subscription service," the firm added.
Rhapsody stated that existing Napster users will be migrated over to the renovated platform in March. Also, the company promised a whole bunch of new enhancements during the transition.