Rhapsody Grows To 1.7 Million Paying Subscribers

Music subscription service Rhapsody International says its paying subscribers have grown 63% to 1.7 million over the past year.

Chief Financial Officer Ethan Rudin says the gains came primarily from partnerships with mobile phone carriers abroad.

Rhapsody got a boost from an October deal with the Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica that transferred hundreds of thousands of Latin American subscribers from another service. Telefonica took an undisclosed stake in Rhapsody that could grow if performance targets are met.

Rhapsody remains far behind Spotify, the world leader with more than 6 million paying subscribers.