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  1. 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 ...

  2. Spotify Unveils New API Platform, Announces Partnerships With Billboard, Rolling Stone, Others

    November 30, 2011 1:27 PM EST Spotify Founder and CEO Danel Ek at the New York press conference where he announced the opening up of the music streaming service's API to outside developers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced the launch of a new API (Application Programming I ...

  3. New Google TV Includes These 13 Music Apps

    October 28, 2011 5:54 PM EDT We've learned more about Google's exciting plan to launch third-party Android and web apps for Google TV , available in the Android market . Google spokesman Jacques Hebert tells Evolver.fm that the following apps will be included when t ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Spotify Has 250,000 U.S. Subscribers: Report

    October 14, 2011 3:29 PM EDT Spotify has reached 250,000 paying customers in the U.S. since its mid-July launch, according to a Reuters report . By just about any measure, that is a strong performance over just a three-month period. In addition, the service is said to have &q ...

  7. 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) ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Rhapsody's New Update Gets With The Social

    September 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT This spring, Rhapsody quietly replaced the Web-based version of the service with a more robust online platform. Today, the full implications of that move are bearing fruit, with Rhapsody flipping the switch on a massive socially oriented overhaul ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. BlackBerry Working on Music Service (Report)

    August 19, 2011 11:16 AM EDT BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is in talks with record labels about a BlackBerry music service, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported Thursday by CNET , which claims the planned music service will run on top of the popula ...

  14. Business Matters: Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group

    August 17, 2011 6:29 PM EDT Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group -- Warner Music Group is a holdout in the Rhapsody-MetroPCS bundle r eported Wednesday at Billboard.biz , according a report by CNET. That means subscribers who get the free subscription t ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Century Media Label Pulls Music from Spotify, but Will It Help Artists?

    August 09, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Although Spotify has shown strong signs of hitting the ground running in the U.S. since its launch here last month, not all labels are pleased. Indie metal-focused label group Century Media is one such outfit, announcing today its plans to pull al ...

  18. Spotify Gained 70,000 U.S. Subscribers in First Week: Sources

    July 22, 2011 1:02 PM EDT (Bill Werde -- @bwerde ; http://billwerde.tumblr.com/ -- is Billboard's editorial director) In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the same number: that @Spotify has right in the ...

  19. Spotify's Media Metrics: How Much Attention Did the Site's U.S. Launch Get Last Week?

    July 19, 2011 2:10 PM EDT For Spotify to revitalize the U.S. music-subscription market , it needs a lot of media awareness and word-of-mouth buzz from consumers. The company's plan for the U.S. service is to let the media do the heavy lifting, according to marketing m ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. eMusic Aiming to Launch Cloud This Year

    June 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Subscription-based download store eMusic is planning to follow its competitors into the cloud in the second half of the year. The company is "hoping by Q4 of this year" to launch the cloud-based service, CEO Adam Klein told Billboard.biz ...

  22. Apple Drops Subscription Rules That Threatened Music Services

    June 09, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Remember those new app rules Apple implemented a few months back that freaked out every subscription music service with an iPhone app? Well, looks like Apple has backed down. According to MacRumors , the company has "quietly changed its guide ...

  23. Rdio Announces Deal With Verizon Wireless

    May 04, 2011 8:35 AM EDT Streaming music service Rdio has been pretty quiet since it launched to great expectations last year. But this week the company began making some noise. Fresh off the heels of its API integration with the Echo Nest, Rdio today (May 4) unveiled a d ...

  24. Google To Team Up With Spotify?

    April 22, 2011 1:50 PM EDT The rumors swirling around Google and Apple's pending cloud music services are coming at a fevered pitch. The latest is that Google is talking to Spotify to power its Google Music service in lieu of striking its own music licensing deals, acc ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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. ...

  28. Business Matters: Why Some Americans Will Lose Interest in Spotify

    March 15, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Spotify Thrown Over For A WIMP ... -- In "I Broke Up With Spotify," Swedish writer Sam Sundberg explains that he has taken up a relationship with WiMP, the music service that launched last month in partnership with telecom company Telnor ...

  29. Spotify Tops 1 Million Paid Subscribers

    March 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST It's still not available in the U.S., but Spotify has a reason to celebrate: the music service has surpassed one million paying subscribers in the seven European markets in which it operates. The publicly known number of total users, which th ...

  30. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  31. Rhapsody Extends Free Trials To 60 Days For March

    March 01, 2011 10:24 AM EST This month Rhapsody is bumping up the length of a free trial to its music streaming service from 14 days to 60 days, the company announced today . The "60 Day Free-For-All" campaign embeds the Rhapsody experience throughout MTV Networks& ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Rhapsody Gets A Makeover

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody is getting a makeover and that's good news for the music service as well as labels, artists and consumers alike. "[W]e are preparing to launch a wholly new online experience that is fast, sleek, modern and makes music discovery ...

  34. MTV Unveils New Music Discovery Product

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST As first reported in Billboard last month, MTV unveiled the beta launch of its music discover product, the MTV Music Meter. The Music Meter is a way to track which bands are showing the most activity on various types of social media, focused on up ...

  35. Business Matter: Spotify, Rhapsody, Zune and more

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Two Issues Spotify, Music Services Must Overcome -- Speaking at the Daily Beast's Innovators Summit on Friday, Spotify investor Sean Parker (Founders Fun) explained the music service lures us ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. @MEL: Upstart Mog Snatches Best Music Streaming App

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music subscription service upstart Mog from Berkeley, Calif. took home a Billboard Music App Award today for 'Best Music Streaming App' for its MOG Mobile app, amid competitors Rhapsody and Thumbplay Mobile. Mog mobile product lea ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. BILLBOARD MUSIC APP AWARDS FINALISTS

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music applications are among the most popular apps downloaded on today's smartphones. But which are the best of the best? Billboard set out to answer that question by soliciting applications from developers all summer long. What follows are t ...

  41. Amidst Legal Doubt, LimeWire Adds Merge, Readies Legal Service

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT File-sharing company LimeWire continues to make content deals even while its financial and legal future remains in doubt. On Tuesday, the company announced it added Merge Records to the download store (which is had operated alongside its file-shar ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. MOG Music Service Links With Roku

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The MOG music service is coming to a living room near you, thanks to a just-announced deal with Roku. The deal makes the MOG subscription service available to owners of Roku’s streaming media devices. See the overview here . The Roku device is des ...

  44. Thumbplay Lines Up iPhone App

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Thumbplay Music streaming music service is now available for the iPhone, making it yet another cloud-based music service operating on the iPhone before Apple has yet to introduce its own. Thumbplay Music launched in January in beta mode for th ...

  45. Analysis: Spotify's Dutch Launch Points To U.S. Strategy

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For a clue on what the Spotify on-demand streaming music service might look like when it finally launches in the U.S., take a close look at what the company did in the Netherlands this week. In the process of launching there, Spotify launched two ...

  46. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  47. UPDATED: Rhapsody Debuts Offline Song Plays On iPhone

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody released an upgraded version of its iPhone app that allows users to cache songs on the device so that they can be played even when the device is out of wireless coverage. That gives the company bragging rights for being the first to offer ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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