Microsoft Store arrives in Hawaii, with help from Macklemore

Hey, maybe it’s time for a quick trip to Hawaii! Microsoft is opening up its first retail store in the Hawaiian Islands this week, at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, and continuing its tradition of leveraging music stars to generate buzz with free concerts. Appearing this time: Seattle’s own Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Wouldn’t it… Read More


Who wrote that song? Rhapsody becomes first music service to offer liner notes

To many listeners, one benefit of purchasing physical music is the ability to learn who was responsible for the behind-the-scenes production, like the names of songwriters, background vocalists or song producers and engineers. Unfortunately for those music fans, often-used digital players today now only include basic information like song title, artist name and album. Now, though,… Read More


Rhapsody exec advises Spotify, Rdio: You’re doing it wrong

Jon Maples, Rhapsody VP of Product and Content, has some veteran advice for fellow music streaming competitors Spotify and Rdio: Stop making the same mistakes we did. In this blog post, Maples takes a trip down memory lane and discusses how Rhapsody put out costly advertisements from 2008-2010 that share similarities with the TV spots Spotify… Read More


What startups can learn from rock ‘n’ roll bands

So what can startups learn from the local do-it-yourself Rock N Rollers? You think it’s hard to get people to click on your link, imagine inviting hundreds — or even thousands — of people to your show and knowing that your income is determined by how many of those people show up and buy merchandise. Trust… Read More


Twitter unveils sleek new #music discovery app for web, iOS

There’s a new way to find the tunes and tracks everyone is talking about. Twitter today debuted a new music discovery platform for both browsers and iOS devices. The service uses Twitter activity to aggregate the most popular music. You’re also able to preview the songs right through the app via iTunes, and subscribers to… Read More


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


Amazon debuts Cloud Player app for iPad, iPad Mini

Already available on the iPhone and iPod touch, today Amazon launched its free Cloud Player app for the iPad and iPad mini. “Our goal is to make Cloud Player the most widely compatible cloud playback solution available, giving our customers the ability to buy their music once and enjoy it everywhere,” Steve Boom, VP of Digital… Read More


Just in time for the Oscars, Amazon launches Entertainment Collectibles Store with 350K items

These days, it seems like you can buy anything on Amazon. That certainly became more true today. The Seattle online giant just introduced a new Entertainment Collectibles Store where you can find more than 350,000 entertainment-related items from an autographed B.B King guitar for $14,400 to an autographed photo of John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn for $30,000…. Read More


Across the pond: Rhapsody launching in Europe

For the first time, Rhapsody is going international. GigaOM reported that Seattle-based Rhapsody will launch in 16 European countries in the second quarter of this year. It’s a move that will keep Rhapsody, the longest running music subscription service in the U.S., competitive with Spotify, which hit one million paid U.S. users last month. In December… Read More


Amazon is growing so fast it just hired a former member of the Presidents of the United States of America

Nope, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton aren’t joining But the fast-growing Seattle tech juggernaut recently hired another former President. Dave Dederer, one of the founding members of Seattle rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, has joined as MP3 content lead. Dederer is being a bit elusive as to what… Read More


Dropbox ‘acqui-hires’ Seattle music service Audiogalaxy

Audiogalaxy, a music streaming service that was initially created more than a decade ago by developer Michael Merhej, has been acquired by fast-growing Dropbox for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition has led to all sorts of speculation that a cloud music service might be on the way for Dropbox, which could be an interesting twist… Read More


More music in your living room: Rhapsody debuts Xbox app

As promised, Seattle-based on-demand music service Rhapsody launched its Xbox Live app today. The service is available for current Rhapsody subscribers and Xbox Live Gold members. “Many families will be gathering around their Xbox this holiday season, and this year, Rhapsody can provide the soundtrack to those memories,” vice president of business development Brian McGarvey said in… Read More