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.nap File Extension

Developer: Napster
File type: Audio File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .nap. Files with the file extension .nap can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .nap files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .nap file?

The NAP file extension is known as the Napster Secured Music File which was developed by Napster. The NAP file format contains audio files that are Copy-protected from Napster's subscription-based music download service. NAP files are similar to .mp4 files downloaded from the iTunes music store, but use a different encoding. It was a file format that would provide security for music label companies against music piracy. The .nap format was expected to be bigger than MP3 to pursue music’s copyright protection technology. Files in NAP format can be opened with Microsoft Windows Media Player in Microsoft Windows platforms. In 2001, MP3 music file downloads on the Napster service continued to drop however, The Recording Industry Association of America filed suit against Napster. A year after, Napster declared bankruptcy after paying past infringements. After which Private Media group purchased it and in September 2008, Best Buy purchased the company for $121 million. In 2011, Rhapsody bought Napster from Best Buy.

how to open a .nap file?

Launch a .nap file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .nap file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .nap files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .nap file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .nap file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .nap file association errors

applications that open a .nap file

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Playlist (WPL) is a computer file format that keeps multimedia playlists for video and audio collections. It is an owned file format utilized in Microsoft Windows Media Player versions 9 to 12. The fundamentals of WPL files are represented in XML format. These .WPL files can be accessed and utilized by the Nullsoft Winamp Media Player 5.6 application version as well as the Roxio Creator 2012 program. WPL files are also known as Windows Media Player playlist files, which are indicated by the Microsoft Windows Media Player or the other media players with support for WPL files as reference data when users open these playlist files and begin to access the content stored in it. The top-level aspect specifies that the file's elements go after the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL) structure. The information contained in these WPL files are directory locations to the video files and audio content chose by the creator of the .WPL file, this enables the media player application to quickly and easily find and play the video and audio content from their directory locations.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .nap files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .nap. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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