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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[…]

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 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,[…]


Love Songs for Ryan Gosling

Today is Ryan Gosling’s 33rd birthday.  Seems like a perfectly acceptable reason to make a playlist full of songs hopelessly devoted to every romantic / dirty / obsessive / loving thought we have ever had toward this wonderful man. As if we even needed another reason to celebrate all this: “Hey Girl,” O.A.R. “I Know You Want Me,” Pitbull “Quit[…]


Curating A Cure

The impact of music programming on the success of the subscription music model It used to be you seldom heard about “curation” outside of a museum or art history class, but these days it’s a buzzword in the music press. With news of Spotify launching its browse experience, and Jimmy Iovine boasting about Beats Music and its playlists built by[…]


Splitting Atoms: What streaming services must do to complete the fan experience

As I walked through Rhapsody’s San Francisco office on Monday I noticed something on a colleague’s desk: a 12-inch vinyl-only single of  “Before Your Eyes” by Atoms For Peace, the super group founded by Thom Yorke and his longtime collaborator and Radiohead’s producer Nigel Godrich. While the release AMOK has been a staff favorite since February 25th when it was[…]

SXSW 2013 Day 5: The Zombies, Metz, The Shrine and More

Check out the entire SXSW photo album on Facebook here. Possibly nowhere else could you see a group of ’60s British icons, some feverish Canadian noise-punks, and an IDM knob-twiddling wizard from L.A.,and meet Austin’s own rock hero Britt Daniel (he of Spoon and Divine Fits) on the street, all in a span of about 10 hours. It all started at Waterloo Records, who[…]


SXSW 2013, Day 4: Afghan Whigs and Usher, Foxygen and More

Check out the full photo album of our SXSW adventures here. After some deliberation, I have settled on one word to describe the spectacle of Afghan Whigs and Usher onstage together at the Fader Fort Friday night, and that word is “bonkers.” It’s probably in the top 5 raddest live-music things I’ve ever seen, and easily the no. 1 most mystifying. I have no[…]


SXSW 2013 Day 3: Killer Mike, Solange, Como Mamas and More

“That about ends the angry section,” announces Killer Mike, halfway through his indeed to that point profoundly angry set at Bar 96 very late Thursday night. “Now we move on to the drugs and strippers.” There was also a Ric Flair sample or two in store, but he left that as a surprise. The hulking, ferocious, almost violently charismatic Atlanta rapper[…]


SXSW 2013 Day 2: Autre Ne Veut, Chelsea Light Moving, The Pharcyde and More

Check out the photo album from Days 1 & 2 on our Facebook page here! Here to prove you don’t need no stinkin’ badge, I come upon my first show at this year’s SXSW purely by chance as I stroll by Waterloo Records. Catching a whiff of some sweet-sounding, atonal sludge, I thought, “Wow, these guys sound like Nirvana!” I dart[…]