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


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


Microsoft debuts Xbox Music for browsers

Microsoft today unveiled its Xbox Music hub for the web, allowing Xbox Music Pass subscribers to stream their tunes right from the browser. The Redmond giant says that, with a subscription, you’ll be able to listen to “millions of songs” without advertisements. You can also sync your music on the web-based platform with devices Xbox… Read More


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


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


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


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


Windows Phone 8 gets Spotify, still waiting on Pandora

Spotify, the popular streaming music service, was released this morning for Windows Phone 8, adding an important music app to Microsoft’s mobile lineup. Spotify was previously available for Windows Phone 7 but hadn’t been issued for Windows Phone 8. The download is free but the mobile version of the service requires a Spotify Premium account,… 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

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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


Spotify’s secret to adding 8,000 paying subscribers a day

Ever since its U.S. debut last year, the popular music listening service Spotify has been adding 8,000 subscribers a day. And I’m not just talking about free subscribers. That’s paid subscribers. What’s their secret? It’s all in the marketing. I’ll show you what those strategies are and how to use them to promote your own product,… Read More


Rhapsody tops 1M paying subscribers, and its president has the shaved head to prove it

Rhapsody says it has surpassed 1 million paying subscribers — leveraging its MetroPCS partnership, its recent acquisition of Napster and the rise of mobile devices to solidify its position as the largest premium music subscription service in the United States even as new rivals enter the market. The milestone represents substantial growth for Rhapsody, which… 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


Gigantic Windows Phone is a piece of performance art

Post updated below with video of the marriage proposal that took place inside the giant phone. Microsoft grabbed some attention over the weekend by constructing a giant Windows Phone in New York City’s Herald Square to promote the release of new Windows Phones on AT&T and T-Mobile. But it turns out it’s not a static display…. Read More

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Facebook Music: Rhapsody chimes in with 30-day trial

Rhapsody made a surprise appearance at Facebook’s f8 conference today, at least in the form of its logo on a slide shown by Mark Zuckerberg as he introduced the social network’s new Facebook Music platform for listening to tunes with friends. Here’s how Rhapsody is involved: The Seattle-based music service will be offering a free… Read More


Rhapsody lands MetroPCS deal, bundling music service with monthly mobile plan

Rhapsody has struck a deal with MetroPCS Communications to make the Rhapsody Unlimited Music service a new feature of the wireless carrier’s premium monthly cell-phone plan. The Seattle-based music service is looking to boost its user base in the face of increased competition from Spotify and other rivals in the subscription music business. The companies… Read More


Spotify arrives: The music service we’ve been waiting for?

Intrigued by all the hype surrounding the U.S. launch of the Spotify music service, I ponied up a $9.99 monthly subscription fee this morning to avoid the wait for the invite-only free version and give the full-blown premium experience a try. So far I’m impressed with the simplicity of the interface, and particularly the way… Read More