Rhapsody

  • SearchMe Adds Music Search With Unlimited Streaming Via Imeem Widgets

    SearchMe Adds Music Search With Unlimited Streaming Via Imeem Widgets

    Okay, this has to be the coolest hack of the week. Visual search engine SearchMe has just added a music search tab that brings back results with free, legal, unlimited full-song streams and cover art you can flip through. It’s CoverFlow on the Web. And it actually trumps the experience one Yahoo’s music search, which also offers free full streams through Rhapsody—but those… Read More

  • Yahoo And Rhapsody Team Up For Full Song Playback In Search Results

    Yahoo And Rhapsody Team Up For Full Song Playback In Search Results

    Searching for music is one thing, but have you ever wanted to search for an artist and play their songs without needing to visit other sites? If so, Yahoo and Rhapsody have launched a new service that will let you do just that. Staring today, users who search for an artist on Yahoo Search will be able to play the artist’s songs in the search results, thanks to a shortcut sitting at the… Read More

  • Apple Considers Streaming Media from iTunes to iPhone

    Apple Considers Streaming Media from iTunes to iPhone

    AppleInsider has posted details about a patent recently filed by Apple that describes technology for playing iTunes content from a desktop computer remotely on an iPhone or iPod touch. The new software would load only meta data about songs, videos, and other media onto a handheld device. It would then allow users to stream this media from their desktop computers on demand and even let them… Read More

  • With the closing of Yahoo's music download store, old DRM'd songs now useless

    With the closing of Yahoo's music download store, old DRM'd songs now useless

    Oh, Yahoo. Why do you make it so hard to like you? Take this story. Yahoo is shutting down its music download store at the end of September, including the DRM validation servers. Without DRM validation servers, people who purchased tracks outright won’t be able to play them. In other words, people will be left with useless files on their hard drives. Nice. To be fair, it’s not… Read More

  • iLike Launches Full Song Playback and Ad Platform

    iLike Launches Full Song Playback and Ad Platform

    iLike, the music service with a massive following on Facebook and increasing popularity elsewhere, has introduced full-song playback on its flagship site, iLike.com. Through its partnership with music subscription service Rhapsody, the site will be offering over 5 million songs from all of the major labels and a variety of indie artists, too. In conjunction with the launch of full song… Read More

  • Rhapsody, Verizon Wireless now have a mobile music subscription service

    Rhapsody, Verizon Wireless now have a mobile music subscription service

    Can you hear me now? No, I’m listening to music thanks to Rhapsody. That horrendous opening can mean only one thing: Verizon Wireless has joined up with Rhapsody to launch a mobile music subscription service, the first of its kind. The name, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, could use some work, but that’s to be expected. (That’s actually a good idea for an article: on terrible… Read More

  • Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store

    Rhapsody Agrees DRM Is Dead; Launches MP3 Store

    Streaming music service Rhapsody has joined the likes of Wal-Mart, Amazon, and Napster by launching an MP3 store. Its move to offer unprotected music downloads has been anticipated since last Fall when Real Networks joined forces with MTV and Verizon. The Rhapsody MP3 Store offers music from all four major labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI) at 99 cents per… Read More

  • New iTunes updates might bring unlimited music subscriptions?

    [photopress:itunes8.png,full,center] It’s odd. Steve Jobs has said “no” to the idea of iTunes music subscriptions time and time again, but the rumors never die. Now the Financial Times is reporting the wheels are again turning to grant all-you-can-download music for a monthly subscription to users. There would be a likely premium on hardware or a start-up cost, but with… Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Rhapsody understands how the music industry has changed, looking to make most of new environment

    [photopress:sxswrhap.jpg,full,right] It’s amazing. Ever since the music industry declared war on its customers a few years ago those of us who spend entirely too much time online have debated back and forth on message boards, modern day salons. How dumb is an industry that sues its own customers? (Answer: Very.) What compels people to pirate music in the first place? (Answer: Immediacy. Read More

  • Canceling Music Services 101

    Canceling Music Services 101

    Eliot Van Buskirk was sick — sick! — of paying for music download services. Now that Amazon is DRM-free and offers lots of music, he decided to cancel all of his music subscriptions. Yahoo was the easiest at about 1 minute but it took him 30 minutes to cancel Napster and 10 minutes to cancel Rhapsody. This reminds me of trying to cancel my XBox Live and MS SPOT subscriptions. Read More

  • Wendy's, Rhapsody giving away 100 million songs

    Wendy's, Rhapsody giving away 100 million songs


    The Red Head and Rhapsody have teamed up to give away 100 million songs starting this week till the end of the year. Every time you purchase a medium- or large-sized combo meal you’ll be given a code for a free song from Rhapsody. That’s a pretty sweet deal as is, but it gets better because you can enter the Combo Up to Download contest and win a 50 song download bundle or a… Read More

  • CNET reviews Rhapsody on TiVo

    CNET reviews Rhapsody on TiVo

    As a current TiVo and former Rhapsody subscriber, the idea of putting the two together intrigues me. What doesn’t intrigue me is paying $17 a month for TiVo and another $13 a month to use Rhapsody on it. I like the services and all but $30 a month seems a little steep, especially on top of the extortion money that I have to shell out to Comcast every month to rent (against my will) a… Read More

  • TiVo, Rhapsody partnership: Now your TiVo does music

    TiVo, Rhapsody partnership: Now your TiVo does music

    Fancy listening to music on your TiVo? The company today is expected to announce a deal with Real’s Rhapsody to allow its users to sign up (for $13 per month) and listen to the more than 3.5 million songs right from the DVR. Further details are still sketchy—I bet TiVo’s not too happy that word of this partnership leaked, considering there’s supposed to be an event… Read More

  • The AudioFile: Radioactive Music Discovery

    The AudioFile: Radioactive Music Discovery


    Satellite radio is in the toilet, and the government and the recording industry are trying to squeeze Internet radio for more dough — unsuccessfully for now, according to today’s news. Meanwhile, social networking sites like Imeem and Last.fm (and MySpace, of course) are continuing to blow everyone away in the digital music scene, thanks in no small part to their focus on… Read More

  • Exclusive: iRiver Clix Rhapsody Review

    Exclusive: iRiver Clix Rhapsody Review


    The second-generation iriver Clix is an impressive little device, but iriver followed in SanDisk’s footsteps and used its partnership with Rhapsody to create a pretty slick little end-to-end solution called the Clix Rhapsody. That means the Clix now comes with Rhapsody DNA firmware and works with the Windows-only Rhapsody software, which lets you transfer Rhapsody Channels and… Read More

  • Good for Yahoo, And Everyone Else Except Last.fm

    Yahoo, as well as Pandora, MTV, Real/Rhapsody and many others are honoring the “day of silence” today in protest of the ridiculous new royalty rates for Internet radio stations. The big music labels have lobbied to get the U.S. government to really stick it to Internet radio stations, when terrestrial radio stations pay nothing to play songs and Satellite providers pay a… Read More

  • SanDisk Sansa e200R Rhapsody Reviewed

    People have loved the SanDisk Sansa line of players lately for its good storage size, small body and decent features, but how well does their new e200R player work with the Rhapsody music service? Pretty darn well. Their closed-loop infrastructure that matches iPod + iTunes or Zune + Zune Marketplace works pretty straightforwardly. So what’s the difference between this model and the… Read More

  • Best Buy Partnering with Real, SanDisk for Music Store

    . And they’re doing it with their new best friends, SanDisk and Real Networks. Real and SanDisk already have a partnership aimed at Apple in the form of the Sansa e200 DAP and Real’s Rhapsody service. Best Buy’s input will likely be a subscription-based service at around $10 a month for unlimited downloads. Quit paying, and the downloads cease to work. We’re not sure… Read More

  • iPod and iTunes Competitors are Teaming Up to Fight Apple

    iPod and iTunes Competitors are Teaming Up to Fight Apple

    SanDisk, makers of the Sansa players, and RealNetworks, makers of the Rhapsody music store, are teaming up together to ensure their hardware and content work seamlessly together. Before now, the only player to work bundled with a single music store was the Apple iPod. It was this synergy, among various other things, that allows the iPod to become the de-facto champ of portable music players… Read More

  • Subscription Music Services Compared: Part 2

    Subscription Music Services Compared: Part 2

    We’ve analyzed the services that sell digital music and are presenting the results in a two part post. This Part 2 compares the subcription music services that let you access an entire music library of up to 2 million songs for a single monthly fee. Part 1, posted last Thursday, focused on the pay-per-download services (such as iTunes). While the pay per download market is dominated by… Read More