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From Buzzfeed: “Rhapsody CFO: Taylor Swift Is Right — Free Streaming Is Bad For Music”

This article originally appeared on BuzzFeed on November 20, 2014. “Freemium” services like Spotify send the wrong message to consumers, Rhapsody Chief Financial Officer Ethan Rudin says. “To artists and labels out there, if you want to be with a streaming service, go with a paid one.” Debate over the economics of music streaming has flared in recent weeks following[…]

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Why Streaming (Done Right) Will Save the Music Business

By Jason Epstein and Rob Glaser, Co-Chairmen, Rhapsody This op-ed originally appeared in essay form on Billboard.com and in full-length form on Re/code.  “There’s somethin’ happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear … ” — Stephen Stills When the legendary American rock band Buffalo Springfield sang those words in 1966, they were singing about a youth uprising in LA,[…]

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Now Playing on Tango: Rhapsody

Over the past seven years, the introduction and rapid adoption of “smart” mobile devices have transformed how and where music fans can enjoy music services like Rhapsody and Napster. Today, 80 percent of our subscribers listen to music on their mobile device, and more than 60 percent of users exclusively listen on their phones. These devices have also opened up[…]

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Rhapsody International Reaches Two Million Subscribers for its Premium Music Services: Rhapsody, Napster & unRadio

Today, we announced that Rhapsody International has more than two million paying subscribers globally for its premium music services, including Napster, Rhapsody and its recently launched Internet radio service, Rhapsody unRadio. This is a significant milestone for Rhapsody International and the music subscription model it has championed since 2001. Rhapsody International also announced it will extend Napster’s presence in Europe and in Latin America through expanded[…]

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Rhapsody and Napster Content Now Available on Flipps

Today, we are announcing a partnership with Flipps to bring Rhapsody music, video and interview content to TVs everywhere. The Flipps app is the easiest way to discover and project entertainment onto your TV using only a smartphone – no other hardware needed. Through the partnership, Flipps users can now easily discover and project original video content from Rhapsody which[…]

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Introducing Rhapsody unRadio

Tonight, we announced the availability of a breakthrough new Internet radio service, Rhapsody unRadio – Internet radio, reborn. Rhapsody unRadio reimagines what Internet radio can be, by removing limitations that interrupt your listening experience and giving you more control of great music that never stops. Rhapsody unRadio’s breakthrough features range from unlimited skips and no ads to the ability to[…]

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Spotlight: Unsung Hero Jocelyn Brown

When Jocelyn Brown appeared at a recent Manhattan street party in celebration of legendary Paradise Garage DJ Larry Levan, thousands of revelers were reminded of her enduring vocal power. Although her name remains mostly unknown outside R&B and club music circles, she has appeared on literally hundreds of records — sometimes under her own name, sometimes in the background, and quite often as[…]

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Spotlight: Ripped-Off Riffs

It’s not news that sometimes two artists write a great song using the same riff. In 1994, Bush and The Offspring had hits with “Little Things” and “Self-Esteem,” respectively, which put the same chords in a different order and treated them like the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sons they are. Sometimes a familiar riff gets cannibalized intentionally — like when Coldplay sought permission from Kraftwerk to repurpose the[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Nikki Lane

When Nikki Lane left Greenville, S.C., for Nashville, she hoped to find some likeminded folks who shared her appreciation for both real, old-timey country and the awesome clothes the stars wore on the album covers. Lane scoured stores for vintage clothes and cool items from a bygone era, and sold them at a small store in East Nashville called High Class Hillbilly.[…]

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Celebrity Playlist: Afrojack

Nick van de Wall has been one of the world’s biggest DJs for so long that it may come as something of a shock to recall that he has yet to record a solo album. That all changes now, as van de Wall — better known as Afrojack — finally drops his debut album, Forget the World. No figure better personifies the crossover[…]

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