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2014: A Year in Review for Rhapsody & Napster

On the eve of Rhapsody’s 13th birthday, we’re reflecting on what has been not only one of the biggest years in our 13 year history, but on what has been the most defining year for streaming music to date. When Rhapsody launched in 2001, we believed that there should be a legal way to instantly access millions of songs. Today,[…]

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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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Rhapsody International Announces Investment in Dubset Media Holdings, Inc.

Today, we’re excited to announce that Rhapsody International has made a strategic investment in Dubset Media Holdings, Inc., which closed its Series B round of funding today. Dubset is a music technology and content acquisition company that allows DJs to monetize their mixes. “This investment, the first for Rhapsody International, demonstrates our commitment to EDM. Through our work with Dubset,[…]

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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[…]

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Where’s Taylor?

So the new Taylor Swift album, Red, is not available in Rhapsody. The fact that you’re reading this means you’ve already noticed. You’ve asked yourself, “Why can’t I stream this new album from one of my favorite artists on a service I’m paying for?” Here is your answer: Taylor Swift and her management made a decision not to make her[…]

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Artist Compensation: Personal Responsibility, Not a Cultural Trend

The Internet is buzzing from Saturday’s post by an intern at NPR who said she never owned music, much like others in her generation: I am an avid music-listener, concert-goer, and college radio DJ. My world is music-centric. I’ve only bought 15 CDs in my lifetime. Yet, my entire iTunes library exceeds 11,000 songs. But when she said she’d pay for “convenience,”[…]

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