Feeds

Real to lose Rhapsody

Out, damned Spotify

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The new management at Real has lost little time in deciding what to do with Rhapsody, its well-regarded music service. It's getting shot of it.

Real will spin it out to operate as a private company, and reduce its 51 per cent majority shareholding. Viacom owns the other 49 per cent via MTV. More details are expected in an earnings call later today.

Rhapsody pioneered the on-demand model copied by Spotify, but without the ad-supported free access option. If "support" is quite the right word for a business that was snaring only 14p per user per month just six months ago. Rhapsody charges $15 a month for the "to go" option, giving mobile access to an 8 million song catalog. The service has 700,000 subscribers.

Both use DRM: Rhapsody uses Microsoft's, while Spotify uses one of its own fiendish creation. Rhapsody can work on an iPhone/Touch app, but can't (as yet) cache songs. It also offers punters DRM-free downloads.

Real hasn't launched Rhapsody outside the States yet, while Spotify claimed it has 7m paying customers for its own service. Spotify wouldn't say how many were one-off day pass payments.

Spotify has yet to set a date for its US launch. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools
Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you'll pay for it
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.