They're the latest breed of digital music services, offering that early Napster feeling of being able to listen to nearly anything -- instantly -- but for a small monthly fee. You're in total control of what you're listening to with these services, making them feel entirely different from streaming-radio services like Pandora and iTunes Radio, which are free (with advertising), but pick which tracks to play based on your preferences. And … Read more
I dare you to listen to "Bohemian Gravity," a rewritten version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" without throwing in a little head-banging action. While you're rocking out, you just might learn a little something about string theory.
"Bohemian Gravity" is an a capella take on Queen's famous song redone with physics lyrics. It's all by one man: Tim Blais, a physics graduate student at McGill University in Canada. One of his hobbies is recording science-y cover versions of popular songs.… Read more
Rhapsody, a pioneer in the digital-music subscription market, has laid off 15 percent of its staff -- about 30 employees -- including President Jon Irwin, as it struggles to compete in an increasingly crowded sector.
Rhapsody International, the parent company of the on-demand music service, revealed the cuts Monday while announcing that Columbus Nova Technology Partners, an investment company that owns the maker of the Rock Band game franchise, had taken a significant stake in the company. As part of the deal, CNTP's Jason Epstein and Andrew Intrater will join Rhapsody's board of directors.
Irwin will remain with … Read more
Rhapsody's app conveyor belt has served up another, but this time it's for PCs.
A forebear in Web subscription music services, Rhapsody released an app for Windows 8 at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference on Thursday. Available now from the Windows Store, it has deep search integration, snap mode for multitasking, and pinning for quick access to music.
Apps have been the Rhapsody pursuit of choice lately, a result of its focus on mobile listening. In addition to its namesake one for the four big mobile operating systems, it launched a companion app to sell concert tickets earlier … Read more
Cantankerous critics gripe that nothing is new in music anymore, except ways of melding and repackaging what has come before.
Rhapsody's new app does just that, and the company is hoping the combination will hit the right notes to win new subscribers and distinguish it in a crowded field of competitors
The company, one of the oldest Web subscription music services, is launching a concert tickets app on Tuesday.
Rhapsody International is breaking radio silence on Napster.
Since Rhapsody bought it in 2011, not much has been heard of the once high-flying peer-to-peer service that transformed public assumptions about consuming music. Now an above-board streaming service with more than 20 million songs in its global catalog, Napster will expand into 14 European countries from its current U.K. and German markets.
The move will triple Napster's potential base of users.
But it comes as a monolith in digital music industry is casting a wide shadow over Rhapsody and competitors like Pandora. Apple is widely expected to unveil a long-awaited iRadio streaming service … Read more
The music industry is still in rough shape, based on data released today by the Recording Industry Association of America. But U.S. digital revenues continue to climb, helped by the growth of so-called "access services" such as Spotify, YouTube, and Vevo.
And the bigger picture shows that the beaten-down industry is stabilizing. Recorded music sales slipped 0.9 percent from 2011 to 2012, totaling $7.1 billion. That's roughly in line with the total sales for the last few years.
Sales from digital formats, meantime, rose 14 percent from 2011 and last year surpassed $4 billion … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- From Peter Ha: What it was like launching The Daily.
- The importance of album track order in the Digital Age.
- Psy estimated to receive only $61,000 from Korean digital sales revenue for "Gangnam Style."
- Pizza Hut gives back with pizza-scented perfume.
- Verizon patents DVR box with camera in it.
Music-streaming service Rhapsody has announced it will be available on Smart TVs from LG, Panasonic, and Samsung starting today, with Sharp and Xbox available in coming months.
Although the announcement came today, the service has been available on Panasonic and LG for a few months. Samsung is new with today's announcement. A Rhapsody app has also been available on Vizio TVs for the last two years. We're not surprised that Sony's Smart TVs, which support the competing Sony Entertainment Network's music service, aren't on the list of supporting TVs.
The new app appears to be … Read more
One of the creators of Skype has announced a new addition to his digital music service Rdio.
Janus Friis says the Rdio Artist Program is designed to give musicians a better alternative to iTunes Match or Spotify, where some complain that commission rates based on the number of times a song is streamed leaves an artist with almost nothing.
With Rdio, uploaders earn $10 for every new subscriber they lure to the service. The platform pays artists to share both music and recommendations on social-networking sites including Facebook and Twitter -- promoting the company as well as themselves.
San Francisco-based … Read more