Rhapsody

  1. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  2. Hey Spotify, Rhapsody Tops 800,000 Subscribers

    July 11, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Rhapsody announced Monday that it surpassed the 800,000 subscriber mark for its music subscription service. The company has added 150,000 subscribers since being spun off from RealNetworks in early 2010, according to a statement by Rhapsody presid ...

  3. @NARM: Digital Think Tank Propels NARM Into the Future

    May 12, 2011 8:37 PM EDT While veterans of the legacy music business milled about in the hotel lobby bar and conducted private meeting on the sidelines, the most exciting part of the NARM conference in Los Angeles was taking place inside a small room in the lower levels o ...

  4. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  5. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  6. Rhapsody Asking Labels for New Internet Radio Rules -- A2IM Disagrees

    March 29, 2011 5:52 PM EDT Streaming music service Rhapsody , which on Friday will be celebrating a full year of independence from former parent company Real Networks, is taking steps to augment its Internet radio features -- to the chagrin of some in the music industry. Th ...

  7. Cloud-based Music Streaming Will Be Dominant by 2016 (Study)

    March 18, 2011 7:45 AM EDT By 2016, cloud-based streaming services will become a more important form of access to music than owning albums, songs or tracks, forecasts ABI Research. "The number of subscribers to mobile music streaming services is expected to approach 5. ...

  8. Incoming Rhapsody Managing Editor Rob Harvilla Talks New Role

    March 16, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Rhapsody has long separated itself from other music services by the quantity and quality of its editorial: It has a stable of writers that give context to the service's massive catalog, highlighting the important releases while helping subscr ...

  9. Hackers Stumble Upon Google Music's Cloud-Based Service

    March 08, 2011 2:02 PM EST The much-anticipated Google Music service has been spotted in the wild. Not yet officially launched, an apparently unfinished version of the service has been found by hackers toying around with a new version of the Android operating system. As exp ...

  10. Kazaa Announces App-less Mobile Music Streaming, Avoids Apple Subscription Fees

    March 07, 2011 3:45 PM EST Shares of Atrinsic more than doubled after the company announced its popular Kazaa digital music service could be accessed without an application, in a move that could help it skirt Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of revenue generated from sa ...

  11. U.S. and EU Regulators Eye Apple's New Subscription Plan

    February 20, 2011 11:28 AM EST U.S. and European regulators are keeping tabs on Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of the revenue generated by the sale of online subscriptions through its App Store following concerns voiced by publishers. Some app makers are unhappy with Appl ...

  12. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  13. Apple's New Subscription Rules Could Kill Streaming Music Services

    February 15, 2011 3:37 PM EST Apple today introduced the ability to let app developers charge for in-app content on a subscription basis. While this development is a major boon for developers looking for new ways to monetize their products, it could have devastating affects on ...

  14. Jack Isquith Guest Post: What The Music Industry Can Learn From the Super Bowl

    February 03, 2011 2:00 PM EST The following guest post is from Jack Isquith, a digital music expert who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and AOL Music, that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted with his permission. The Football ...

  15. BACKBEAT: Green Label Sound Celebrates CMJ's Music Marathon With Neon Indian, Theophilus London, And More!

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Green Label Sound , Mountain Dew's record label run with the help of cornerstone promotion, held its CMJ showcase at Backstage Bar in NYC on October 22, for a large crowd of rowdy fans and music insiders. The evening's performances inclu ...

  16. Update: Is Tim Quirk Google's New Head of Music? Answer: No

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Rhapsody VP of music programming Tim Quirk is heading to Google, according to a vague message he posted to Facebook and Twitter yesterday (Oct. 18). "First day at Google," it reads. Exactly what Quirk is doing at Google is not cle ...

  17. Rhapsody Sales Up 10% On Strength Of Mobile App

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some interesting tidbits of information surfaced out of an otherwise ho-hum rehash of mobile music subscription services in USA Today , most notably that Rhapsody is seeing a 10% increase in subscribers as a result of their mobile app. From the ar ...

  18. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  19. Will Anything Stick With Music Consumers In The Digital Age?

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will anything stick with music consumers in the digital age? That was the question posed at two panels at the Americana Music Conference earlier this month in Nashville. Two different groups of the music industry searched for answers and recounted ...

  20. Slacker To Launch On-demand Feature

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Slacker personalized Internet radio service is poised to unveil its long-promised on-demand feature. The company is hosting a launch even in New York tonight to launch the service, which essentially turns Slacker from a Pandora competitor to a ...

  21. RightsFlow, Rhapsody Ink Deal

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT RightsFlow will provide bulk mechanical licensing and administration and reporting support for online music subscription service Rhapsody. “This partnership further enhances our ability to efficiently clear the mechanical rights for our catalog, e ...

  22. The Quarter Financial Wrap: WMG, UMG, Live Nation, Hastings, Trans World and much more

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT You hear a lot of grim music business news but recent performances of publicly traded music and music-related companies had enough positive aspects to overlook – at least for a few moments – the industry’s broad decline. Overall, falling physical ...

  23. More Digital Blues, Rhapsody Edition

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Had Rhapsody been a standalone entity in 2009, it would have reported a net loss of about $26 million and an operating loss of $54 million, according to pro forma financial statements released by RealNetworks on Tuesday. Though Rhapsody has about ...

  24. Rhapsody Lowers Mobile Fees, Unveils Android App

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody has completed its spinoff from RealNetworks, and is celebrating by unveiling an Android version of its mobile app and lowering the monthly subscription fee required for mobile access. According to the company, the new Rhapsody will focus ...

  25. Spotify Set For Q3 U.S. Launch

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming music service Spotify plans to launch its U.S.-based service in the third quarter, according to details shared in a recent interview. Senior VP Paul Brown made the statement to Bloomberg in an interview , where he reiterated the ...

  26. Better Than Cheap? Distribution as a Commodity

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As prices for basic services drop, digital distribution is becoming a commodity with few differences between services. Artists and labels are being well served by low-priced distribution services that charge a flat fee and return 100% of retail sa ...

  27. Full Transcript: MTV President Van Toffler @Music&Money

    March 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, sat for a keynote interview at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium March 4. During the session, Toffler touched on everything from MySpace and Rhapsody, to the Beatles and Green Da ...

  28. Billboard.biz Q&A: Verizon Biz Dev Director Ed Ruth

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last year, Verizon Wireless shook up the mobile industry by revealing plans to open its network to developers with the intention of launching an application storefront similar to iPhone’s App Store. That effort will soon come to fruition with the ...

  29. @MIDEM: How Peter Gelb Transformed The Met Opera

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Peter Gelb, GM of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, revealed details during the MidemNet conference in Cannes of the Met's success with cinecasting of live opera. The former president of Sony Classical joined the Met in 2005, admitting that ...

  30. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  31. Dada Flips Switch On Hybrid Subscription Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment service provider Dada Entertainment is today launched a hybrid web-mobile music subscription service called Play.me . The Web-based service operates much like any other music subscription service, offering unlimited streaming ...

  32. Business Matters: Google, Apple, Pandora and More

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- It is expected that iLike and Lala will announce their involvement in the new Google music service at an event next Wednesday (Oct. 28) in Holl ...

  33. Business Matters: Live Nation, UMG Distribution, Rhapsody

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says the Ambassadors Theatre Group is the frontrunner to buy Live Nation 's theatrical division for up to £100 million ($158 million). The company plans to use the proceeds from this sale for debt reduction. Selling off non-core a ...

  34. Report: iLike, Majors In Talks To Launch Service

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT iLike reportedly is in negotiations with the major labels to launch its own music download service, reports CNET . Currently, iLike refers users to iTunes and other digital retailers to download music. The story did not speculate on how the iLike ...

  35. Billboard.biz Q&A: NARM President Jim Donio

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jim Donio, the president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), has a tough role to play. As NARM is a trade association comprised of many different types of music merchandisers, Donio is tasked with navigating the trade as ...

  36. Billboard Q&A: iLike CEO Ali Partovi

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off of iLike's expansion into new services like Twitter, YouTube and the iPhone , the company's CEO Ali Partovi sat down to discuss the details of these new features, including whether the iLike service is designed more for artists ...

  37. Rhapsody Partners For TV Distribution

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the music subscription joint venture between MTV and RealNetworks, has teamed up with several partners to bring the music service into the living room via new TVs and other products. The first is VIZIO's new "Connected HDTV&quo ...

  38. Sony BMG, WMG Pull Content From iLike

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG and Warner Music Group have blocked full-song streaming of their music from the iLike service. The move comes months after iLike struck a deal with Rhapsody, earlier this year, to let users stream a limited number of full songs from the s ...

  39. Rhapsody Ads Tap Up and Coming Artists

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the online music service whose ads in the past have raised the profiles of The Cool Kids and Sara Bareilles, today launched a campaign with four up and coming artists. The spots, by New York ad agency Droga5, use the music of Erin McCarl ...

  40. Considering Direct-To-Fan Distribution? Keep These Tips In Mind

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the first anniversary of Radiohead's industry-rocking decision to distribute its album "In Rainbows" directly to fans, interest in DIY sales strategies is greater than ever before. While other artists had previously e ...

  41. ReverbNation Moves To Digital Distribution

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ReverbNation is getting into the digital distribution business. The online music service that, to date, has limited itself to providing artists with online marketing, promotion and measurement tools is now taking on TuneCore, by offering to post m ...

  42. Disc Makers Acquires CD Baby

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent CD and DVD manufacturer Disc Makers announced they have acquired independent music seller CD Baby, following a 7-year close strategic partnership between the two companies. Based in Portland, Oregon, CD Baby allows independent musician ...

  43. Rhapsody Links With Death Cab For Ads

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Rhapsody will use the chart topping group Death Cab for Cutie in its next ad campaign, Billboard.biz has learned. One of the clips, touting the Rhapsody MP3 store, features an instrumental snippet from the song "I Will Po ...

  44. Shwayze Continues Brand Friendly Approach

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shwayze, the up and coming rapper with a reality show on MTV and a Pontiac commercial, all before his debut has been released on Suretone Records, has made another move in the branding world. On July 15 his second single, "Corona and Lime&quo ...

  45. Rhapsody Goes DRM-Free

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Add Rhapsody to the ever-growing list of digital music retailers who have stripped DRM from their catalogs. The joint venture between RealNetworks and MTV Networks today (June 30) converted its entire database of five million songs to the unprotec ...

  46. Digital Briefs: UMG, Qualcomm, MTV

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Universal Music Group is working with Qualcomm to sell mobile entertainment content directly to music fans via a number of different platforms. Qualcomm's technology allows UMG to send content like ringtones, video ringtones and artist upda ...

  47. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged M:Metrics revealed some staggering data this week about the iPhone. It found that while 6.7% of overall mobile users listened to music in some form or another on their phone, and 27.9% of smartphone users did the same, iPhone users blew th ...

  48. MOG, Rhapsody Link For Streaming Deal

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music social networking site MOG has added the ability to stream full songs listed on members’ profiles thanks to a partnership with Rhapsody. The MOG service reads the music libraries of members and posts them to the profile of each, along with a ...

  49. MTV Waxes Lyrical For Search Tool

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV is getting into the lyrics game, both online and on TV. The music TV broadcaster is adding a music lyrics search tool using data from Gracenote, which also powers the Yahoo Music lyrics page launched earlier this summer. MTV's version wil ...

  50. Sonos Rolls Out Upgrades To Service, Devices

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sonos home digital music streaming system has added built-in support for the Napster music subscription service. The feature is part of an upgrade that also includes new software, new devices, and new services. Sonos users are able to access t ...

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