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Rhapsody and T-Mobile team up in new Internet radio push

  Rhapsody, the Seattle-based subscription music service, is making a new push into the world of Internet radio — offering a $4.99/month ad-free service called unRadio with features including unlimited skipping, offline playback and the ability to save up to 25 favorite tracks to listen back on-demand. The service, unveiled last night, gives users some control over their listening… Read More

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Launch Pads: Inside Rhapsody’s new downtown Seattle digs

The Rhapsody music service has been through a lot of change in recent years — spinning off from RealNetworks, acquiring Napster, bringing on new investors, making cutbacks, growing its subscriber base and still aiming to become profitable in an increasingly competitive market for subscription music. One more big change: The company recently moved into new headquarters in… Read More

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Catch me if you can: Spotify touts 10M paying subscribers, well out in front of Rhapsody’s 1.7M

Spotify announced in a blog post today that it has 40 million active users and 10 million subscribers paying for ad-free streaming. Those numbers clearly put it in the lead among music streaming services searching for customers. The unlimited music streaming business has heated up in recent years as music catalogs have grown larger and… Read More

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Rhapsody makes first outside investment, leads Series B in electronic music startup

Seattle-based Rhapsody International today announced its first outside investment ever, pouring money into an electronic dance music (EDM) company. Rhapsody International, the parent company to Rhapsody and Napster, led a Series B round in Dubset Media Holdings, a startup founded in 2008 that helps DJs monetize their work. “This investment, the first for Rhapsody International, demonstrates our commitment to… Read More

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Rhapsody, Napster top 1.7M subscribers, up 63%: ‘It’s us and Spotify and everyone else’

The combined subscriber base of the Rhapsody and Napster music services has grown to more than 1.7 million globally, achieving a 63 percent year-over-year increase and sending a message about parent company Rhapsody International’s status in an increasingly competitive market for digital music services. “It’s really us and Spotify and everyone else,” said Paul Springer,… Read More

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Rhapsody ‘winds down’ partnership with Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition

Rhapsody today announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, just weeks after the music intelligence company was acquired by Spotify. Seattle-based Rhapsody said it has “never been completely satisfied with recommendations from any third party,” and will now develop its own music personalization feature. Earlier this month, Rdio also announced that it would end… Read More

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It’s time to kill the password — before it kills us

It’s time to shoot the password. And multiple screens are the trigger. I had this epiphany when wrestling with one Rhapsody music service on two devices using three pieces of software. Firing up the Rhapsody Android smartphone app, I unexpectedly was prompted for my password. Okay, I figured, the app had been updated and needed… Read More

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Rhapsody inks deal with Telefónica to expand Napster into Latin America

Rhapsody subscribers, get ready to samba. Through a partnership with Latin American carrier Telefónica, Rhapsody will be extending the reach of its Napster brand to Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Mexico. As a part of the partnership, Telefónica will be shutting down its Sonora streaming service, which is run through a subsidiary, and extending… Read More

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Shakeup: Rhapsody cuts 15% of workforce, president out as new investor arrives

Seattle-based Rhapsody International is cutting 15 percent of its workforce, and its president Jon Irwin is stepping down with the arrival of a new investor, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, which has made a “significant investment” in the venerable music service. Columbus Nova is known in part for its earlier acquisition of Rock Band creator Harmonix… Read More

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Rhapsody reset: Revenue slips 8% as music service drops ads and MP3 sales to focus on subscriptions

Rhapsody is focusing more intently on its core music subscription service, dropping third-party ads from its Rhapsody.com website and discontinuing sales of MP3 downloads. And in the short term, at least, the move is putting a damper on the company’s revenue growth. Revenue at the Seattle-based company dropped 8 percent to $34.7 million in the… Read More

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New look: Rhapsody iOS app gets complete makeover

It’s makeover time for the Rhapsody iOS app, as the Seattle online music streaming company just debuted a completely redesigned version of the app. There are several differences from the old look, including a new visual homepage, updated artist and album pages, personalized organization and a new full screen player. Earlier this month, Rhapsody became the… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Rhapsody app arrives for Windows Phone 8

Less than a week after Spotify jumped onto Windows Phone 8, Rhapsody is doing the same. Seattle-based Rhapsody just debuted its new app for Windows Phone 8, which was built specifically for Microsoft’s newest mobile device. Though the app is free, only members who pay $10-$15 per month can stream the 13 million tracks. So… Read More

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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