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Old-timey music streamer Rhapsody (aka Napster) reaches 2m subscribers

Antique music streaming service Rhapsody has finally hit two million subscribers after its expansion to include 32 countries worldwide. Rhapsody, also known as Napster in Europe after it acquired the brand in 2011, has been around since forever in internet terms and was one of the first to use the model of song sales through …
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Rhapsody nabs Napster UK

Napster UK has a new owner: Rhapsody, the company that killed the service off in the States. Music subscription service Rhapsody today said it had acquired Napster International, which runs the erstwhile P2P music industry hate-figure in the UK and Germany. Napster International was kept separate from Napster US, which was …
Tony Smith, 26 Jan 2012
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Napster will live on in the UK

Update Napster has won itself a reprieve - at least in the UK and Germany. The name will continue in these two European territories, a local spokesman insisted today. "There is no intention to close Napster in either Germany or the UK," he told Reg Hardware. Last week, Rhapsody, which in November bought Napster from US retail giant …
Hard Reg, 5 Dec 2011
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Dead at 13: Napster 1998-2011

So, farewell then, Napster. The company founded by Shawn Fanning - who named it after his close-crop haircut, apparently - when his peer-to-peer file-sharing app of the same name took off, is no more. The firm that now owns it, Rhapsody, will fold the online music shop that Napster became into its own store, in the US at …
Tony Smith, 2 Dec 2011
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Cloud music boom: everyone wins, except the creators

Hurrah! Research company ABI has predicted a boom in paid-for streaming music services benefitting a long list of winners. There's just a few groups in the loser column... including the artists who make the music. ABI predicts a compound annual growth rate of 95 per cent, leading to 161 million subscribers by 2016. Services …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Mar 2011
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Apple under siege: Antitrust probes and product delays ...

Apple is accustomed to a few months of over-excited headlines at this time of year, in the build-up to the refresh of its mobile product line, and its iPad 2 should, indeed, turn up next week. But this week the company is under huge pressure, and negative comments are flying, indicating the new environment in which it will have …
Wireless Watch, 25 Feb 2011
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Rhapsody bristles at Apple subscription grab

Apple's subscription scheme, introduced yesterday, extends to all online content, not just newspapers. Movie and music services and ebooks must pay a tithe to Apple, if they're deemed to be bringing in new customers via the Jobsian platform. Those customers pay a recurring fee. "Our philosophy is simple: when Apple brings a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Feb 2011
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Real to lose Rhapsody

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 …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Feb 2010
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Spotify reintroduces waiting list, nudges you to paying

Citing "huge demand", Spotify has reintroduced a waiting list for the Spotless. Temporarily, it says, it's not taking new signups from the public and reverting to "invite only" mode. If you have invites, they'll still work. You can join a waiting list, Spotify explains - or skip the queue and pay a tenner a month and join …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2009
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Apple welcomes music streaming to US App Store

Apple has approved an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows access to RealNetwork's Rhapsody music-streaming service. It's now available on the App Store. The free app - called, unsurprisingly, Rhapsody (warning: App Store link) - was submitted to Apple's App Store guard dogs late last month. Now that it has been …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Sep 2009
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Three-way fight for Real's iPhone-Rhapsody application

Apple has another embarrassment brewing, as its secretive App Store guardians ponder whether to allow an app from RealNetworks onto the Store's virtual shelves. As we reported earlier today, RealNetworks has submitted an iPhone/iPod touch application to Apple that will allow users of those devices to access Rhapsody's eight- …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Aug 2009
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Choruss: legal file sharing on campus

The plan to provide US students with compulsory flat-fee music finally has a name, it emerged this week. Choruss LLC will provide participating universities with a replacement for their current subscription services such as Rhapsody, and has the backing of the the EFF and the tacit support of the RIAA. That alone indicates the …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2008
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Zuckerberg flirts with record labels, eyes digital music biz

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg wants a slice of the digital music biz action, since the other boys (MySpace) have their own portion. According to the New York Post the fact that News Corp launched MySpace Music just last month means boydroid Zuckerberg also wants in on the whole shebang. He’s in discussion with a …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2008
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Yahoo! vows freedom for DRM prisoners

Yahoo! now says it will reimburse all those people silly enough to purchase DRM-shackled tunes from its failed music store. On September 30, when it shuts down Yahoo! Music Unlimited, the company will no longer serve up DRM keys for songs downloaded from the online music store/subscription service. But unlike Microsoft - which …
Cade Metz, 29 Jul 2008
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Real researchers discover 'Music Without Limits'

The DRM deathwatch continues. Today, Real Networks announced that its Rhapsody digital music service is selling DRM-free MP3s from all four major records labels, following in the footsteps of Amazon and Napster. That means you can now shuttle Rhapsody tunes onto any MP3 player, including the iPhone and the iPod. Rhapsody will …
Cade Metz, 30 Jun 2008
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Rogue ads infiltrate Expedia and Rhapsody

This story was corrected throughout to name Expedia.com as one of two sites found by Trend Micro and Sandi Hardmeier to be serving malicious banner ads. While Excite.com has been found in the past to also host attack ads, there are no recent reports it has done so recently. Expedia.com and Rhapsody.com are the latest name-brand …
Dan Goodin, 30 Jan 2008
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RealNetworks bags Sony NetServices

RealNetworks, the firm behind the Real media player and Rhapsody download site, made a significant move yesterday when it bought Sony NetServices, the Japanese giant's European mobile music outfit. The deal only ran to $9m cash, but is a statement of intent from Real. Sony NetServices' frontline application is StreamMan, a …

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