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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

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Rhapsody’s new SongMatch app takes on Shazam

Rhapsody is taking on Shazam’s music recognition model with a little twist. Seattle-based Rhapsody recently launched SongMatch, an Android app that mimics Shazam and allows users to identify music in seconds. But unlike Shazam, users can listen to and download songs provided that they have Rhapsody’s existing $9.99/month or $14.99/month plans. It’s an interesting way to… Read More

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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

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Rhapsody targets the living room on TVs and Xbox Live

Rhapsody is expanding its presence to the living room, rolling out its digital music service to LG, Panasonic and Samsung smart TVs, targeting Sharp sets in the coming months and promising to hit Microsoft’s Xbox Live this year. The Seattle-based company sees the bulk of usage on smartphones — through Rhapsody apps for iPhone and… Read More

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Paul McCartney returns to streaming music sites

In February, we reported that Paul McCartney had pulled his music from streaming sites, like Rhapsody, Spotify and Rdio. It appears that the Beatle’s camp has changed their minds — some of McCartney’s music is back online. Spotify has added his solo album, Ram (1971). Memory Almost Full (2007) and this year’s Kisses on the… Read More