Sorry, Amazon: Court frowns on resale of ‘used’ digital music

A federal judge’s ruling in favor of Capitol Records in a suit against the ReDigi digital music service could have implications for and other companies that have been eying the market for “used” digital goods. Siding with the record label’s copyright claims, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan found, in essence, that transferring ownership… Read More


Rhapsody revenue hits new peak of $143M, losses narrow

Rhapsody, the digital music subscription service based in downtown Seattle, saw its revenue rise nearly 13 percent in 2012, to $143.7 million, while the company reduced its annual loss to $12.3 million, an improvement over its $13.6 million loss the previous year. Although Rhapsody is a privately held company, the numbers were revealed this week… Read More


Seattle’s Best CD/Record Store is … Starbucks?

Seattle Weekly is out with its annual “Best of Seattle” awards, and in a city that takes pride in its remaining indie record shops — the ones standing tall in the face of the digital revolution — the winner of Best/CD Record Store will be familiar to everyone. It’s Starbucks, of course. Wait, what? “Hey,… Read More


Audiogalaxy music service is reborn, with a new approach

Audiogalaxy, one of the original music file-sharing services and “one of the greatest defunct websites of all time,” marked its return today with a new approach that gives users an alternative to the likes of Google Music and Pandora. And this time it’s playing by the record industry’s rules. The Seattle-base startup has been testing the… Read More


Rhapsody marks decade in business as it absorbs Napster

Ten years ago this weekend, on Dec. 3, 2001, the Rhapsody music service was launched by, pioneering the concept of on-demand music. A lot has changed since then. Rhapsody joined RealNetworks with the Seattle company’s acquisition of in 2003, and was spun off as an independent company in 2010. Along the way, Rhapsody has… Read More


Rhapsody gets more social, tunes into Facebook friends

Rhapsody is rolling out a new slate of social features today, including the ability for users to create profile pages, share playlists on social networks, follow other Rhapsody members and find out what their Facebook friends are listening to, whether or not those friends are using the music service. The upgrade in the Seattle company’s… Read More


Practical Nerd: When content is KING-FM

Is there a place for an old linear medium in a bright shiny digital media world? That is the question that you might think haunts Classical KING-FM Seattle. Not only is it an old mass medium — radio — but its core content comes from composers who are, in many cases, hundreds of years dead…. Read More


RealNetworks plans new ‘Rinse’ clean-up tool for iTunes

RealNetworks has developed a new program called Rinse for cleaning up and organizing Apple iTunes libraries on Windows PCs and Macs — automatically adding album artwork, fixing song names, organizing music libraries by genre, and finding and removing duplicate tracks. The official Rinse product site touts the software as “smarter than other programs,” including iTunes… Read More


Q&A: Rhapsody rebounding after RealNetworks spinoff

Rhapsody International, on its own now for a full year, has added more than 100,000 new subscribers over the past year, climbing to more than 750,000 — capitalizing on a monthly price reduction and the rise of mobile apps to pull out of its tailspin and boost its customer base for the first time since… Read More