Rhapsody

  1. Rhapsody Hires Ex-Exfm Staff, Schematic Labs Teams

    August 04, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Rhapsody International has announced two moves to help its music service better connect listeners with songs: the acquisition of the Soundtracking app and technology, as well as the team behind the social music app, and the hiring of the team behi ...

  2. Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers

    July 07, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Xbox Music has become the latest music streaming services platform to open up its API to third-party app developers , according to a post on Microsoft's MSDN blog  detailing API features like access to and management of metadata, affiliation ...

  3. How Radio and Streaming Can Be Complementary at New Music Seminar

    June 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Closing out Tuesday’s panels at the New Music Seminar in New York, traditional radio formats were presented as a tool just as necessary as streaming and other online platforms for music discovery and marketing strategies. Rather than pitting ter ...

  4. Napster Would Be 15 – a Timeline of Digital Disruption

    June 02, 2014 1:48 PM EDT With the advent of June yesterday, Napster would have turned 15 years young -- had it not gone through as many transformations and transitions as Miley Cyrus has   over the past decade-and-a-half. The "service" was launched in June of 19 ...

  5. Rhapsody Invests In EDM Stream Operator Dubset

    May 06, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Streaming service Rhapsody International has taken an equity stake in electronic dance music licensing and distribution agent Dubset Media Holdings in exchange for a Series B investment of undisclosed size. The drop represents Rhapsody’s first-eve ...

  6. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  7. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  8. Rhapsody Dropping The Echo Nest

    March 24, 2014 11:41 AM EDT Unsurprisingly, Rhapsody has announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, the Cambridge-based data think-tank acquired by Spotify earlier this month. It's the second Echo Nest partner, after Rdio a couple weeks ago , to end ...

  9. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  10. Digital Notes: LyricFind's BandPage Integration, Audiam's $2M Raise, Aether's Smart Speaker

    March 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST LyricFind integrates BandPage. The lyric licensing company on Wednesday said it has signed a deal with BandPage to allow artists to display band biographies, touring information and link to their online stores alongside lyrics requested by users o ...

  11. Beats Music Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Beats Music, the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Beats Music 'Locked an ...

  12. BandPage, Rhapsody Hook Up to Sell Experiences

    September 26, 2013 4:24 PM EDT BandPage on Thursday announced an integration with Rhapsody to sell opportunities for listeners to have live or real-time interactions with bands that they tend to stream frequently. Based in San Francisco, BandPage rolled out its Experiences pl ...

  13. Morning Fix: Rough Trade Store to Open in NYC; White House Postpones 'Musica Latina'; Restructuring at Rhapsody

    September 17, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE EXCLUSIVE: ROUGH TRADE WILL OPEN FLAGSHIP STORE NOV. 25 IN NEW YORK Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the ...

  14. Business Matters: Rhapsody's Financials Show Subscription Music Isn't Easy

    August 14, 2013 7:55 PM EDT Music subscription service Rhapsody is growing, shrinking and losing money. Breaking even would probably require a substantial, but not improbable, growth in subscribers in the midst of increased competition.   In the first half of 2013, Rhapsod ...

  15. The Eagles Catalog Available at Subscription Services

    June 25, 2013 11:03 AM EDT One less band is unavailable to the millions of people who pay to access music. As of Tuesday, the Eagles catalog can be found at music subscription services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.   The nine titles available for streaming i ...

  16. Rhapsody Expands to 14 European Countries

    June 03, 2013 5:57 PM EDT Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market. The expansion brings ...

  17. Panelists Dive Into Album Credit Ecosystem at NARM's Music Biz 2013

    May 07, 2013 9:47 PM EDT Panel: The Album Credit Ecosystem Moderator: Maureen Droney, The Recording Academy Panelists: Alison Booth, Sony Nashville Jon Maples, Rhapsody International Ivy Skoff, Recording and Soundtrack Music Production Coordinator Shane Tobin, The Echo ...

  18. Rhapsody To Offer Digital Liner Notes

    May 07, 2013 2:13 PM EDT Subscription music service Rhapsody has signed on to assist The Recording Academy's push for the availability of digital liner notes. Last year the Academy launched the "Give Fans the Credit" campaign that is designed to give musi ...

  19. Business Matters: Rhapsody Shows Subscription Services Can Cost $5 Per Month

    January 18, 2013 4:59 PM EST Subscription services don't always have to cost $10 a month for unlimited, mobile music. Case in point: the price of the Rhapsody on-demand music subscription service added to a MetroPCS plan just dropped to $5 from $10 a month. A Rhapsody sp ...

  20. Six Technology Trends from CES That Will Shape 2013

    January 13, 2013 1:32 PM EST Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show gives the world a preview of the flood of gadgets heading our way in the coming year and beyond. Some are incredibly silly, while others are complete game changers. All promise to make people's liv ...

  21. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  22. Spotify Rolls Out Browser-Based Music Player in Beta

    November 15, 2012 3:36 PM EST Spotify is today rolling-out its first ever browser-based music player in beta, according to a report published on The Verge that was confirmed by the company. Spotify told Billboard it is looking to release the fully baked product "over the ...

  23. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  24. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  25. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  26. Business Matters: Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not

    June 27, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Streaming Services Not No. 2 Source of Label Revenue Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription servi ...

  27. Business Matters: Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So

    May 15, 2012 8:39 PM EDT Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So -- Spotify has reached 20 million monthly active users, according to a count seen at Facebook. Music industry analyst Mark Mulligan noted the mile market in a post at hi ...

  28. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  29. Lyor Cohen, Jon Irwin, Jason Flom, More To Speak at New Music Seminar

    April 10, 2012 11:58 AM EDT New Music Seminar today announced a new round of "players" who will be speaking at the two-and-a-half day-long conference June 17-19 in New York. Joining the previously-announced names are a laundry list of label heads, including Warner ...

  30. Is Beats Audio Acquiring Mog?

    March 19, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Is Beats Audio buying music-subscription service Mog? A report Monday at Business Insider has an unnamed source saying the deal was done last week, although a report Tuesday at All Things D said the deal has not yet closed. While at press time, ne ...

  31. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  32. Mog Not 'Actively' Shopping Itself, CEO Says (Report)

    February 28, 2012 9:01 PM EST David Hyman, the CEO of subscription service Mog, says the company has not "actively" been shopping itself, contradicting a report on Tuesday by CNET that the company was struggling and has been seeking a buyer. Speaking to Reuters , Hym ...

  33. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  34. Rhapsody Expands to UK, Germany With Acquisition of Napster International

    January 26, 2012 5:29 AM EST Rhapsody is extending its reach into Europe through acquisitions of Napster International. The deal means Rhapsody will own and operate the Napster service in the UK and Germany. Terms were not disclosed, The acquisition makes for an "ideal e ...

  35. CES Backbeat: Where Is Rhapsody President Jon Irwin's Hair? We Know ...

    January 12, 2012 10:32 AM EST Rhapsody president Jon Irwin is currently attending CES in Las Vegas with a buzz cut. Here's why: Irwin set a goal of reaching 1 million subscribers by the end of 2011 during a planning meeting for the year. When somebody asked Irwin what he ...

  36. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  37. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  38. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  39. Black Keys Withold New 'El Camino' LP From Spotify, Other Streaming Services

    December 08, 2011 1:00 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released &qu ...

  40. Napster Laid To Rest...Inside Rhapsody

    December 01, 2011 5:30 PM EST Digital music's most disruptive brand, Napster, closed down yesterday, swallowed up by nine-year-old, music subscription service Rhapsody. It marks a symbolic end to the notorious file-sharing brand, which tried but failed to turn into a legi ...

  41. Business Matters: Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music

    November 22, 2011 7:47 PM EST Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music -- A successful Facebook phone could end up lending a helping hand to Google Music, the combo MP3 store-cloud music locker launched this year. According to a report at the Wall Street Journal's ...

  42. What's the Strategy Behind Coldplay, Tom Waits Bypassing Subscription Services?

    October 27, 2011 7:45 PM EDT As debate about the financial impact of streaming royalties heated up this week, albums released this week by Coldplay and Tom Waits are noticeably absent from leading subscription services. While it is not uncommon to see catalogs of legacy artis ...

  43. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  44. Streaming Services Are Cutting Big Checks for Rights Holders: Guest Post by Rhapsody President Jon Irwin

    October 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT (The rise of the music-streaming market has brought with it apprehension about size of royalties paid to artists. People are simply concerned about the value of music, and it has been an increasingly common topic in news articles and blog posts in ...

  45. Business Matters: Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option

    October 06, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option -- The freemium business model took another step forward Thursday when subscription service Rdio officially unveiled its free, advertising-free level of service. Rdio also offers web-only access ($4.99 per month) ...

  46. Rhapsody CPO Brendan Benzing Talks Napster Acquisition @ Future of Music Conference

    October 03, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Rhapsody Chief Product Officer Brendan Benzing sat on a panel called "New Frontiers in Mobile & Music and spoke about his company's acquisition of Napster today. (Photo: Sarah Godfrey) Shortly after news of Rhapsody's acquisitio ...

  47. Rhapsody to Acquire Napster From Best Buy

    October 03, 2011 3:42 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday it has signed an agreement to acquire Napster, a competing music subscription service owned by retail giant Best Buy. The value of the was not been announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will get Napter ...

  48. Music, Media Firms Pin Hopes On New Facebook Ties

    September 23, 2011 8:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Music and media companies are pinning fresh hopes for reviving their businesses on a small ribbon that Facebook has begun putting on user profiles called the "ticker." The new, slim stream of updates automatically list ...

  49. Muve Breaks 200,000 Mark, Expands to Android

    September 08, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Cricket Communications' Muve mobile music service continues to grow, now claiming 200,000 subscribers and expanding onto Android-based devices. The service-which bundles unlimited music with unlimited talk, text, and data into a single mobile ...

  50. Rhapsody Doubles Down on Mobile with MetroPCS Bundling Deal

    August 17, 2011 7:00 AM EDT If subscription music services are going to have any impact on the digital music future, they'll need to be bundled into other more popular services. That's the strategy championed by Rhapsody CEO Jon Irwin -- and it's at the center ...

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