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October 3, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Rhapsody buying Napster, Best Buy gets part of Rhapsody

In response to growing competition in the subscription music business, Seattle’s Rhapsody is buying Napster from Best Buy. As part of the deal, Best Buy is getting a minority stake in Rhapsody, which was spun out of RealNetworks last year. Rhapsody and Napster are the two largest “premium” subscription music companies in the U.S., the companies…

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June 29, 2011 at 7:00 AM

RealNetworks Unifi cloud service launches, in Germany

RealNetworks is finally launching Unifi, the online media storage and streaming service that it unveiled last December. But to start it’s going to be available only in Germany, through Vodafone Germany. A U.S. launch is planned for sometime in the fall, when it will be sold directly to consumers and through phone companies. Real began talking…

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Comments | Topics: Digital media, Google Music, icloud

June 27, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Rhapsody needs to turn up the volume

There’s a new game you can play if you’re following the recent hype around online music services. It’s like “Where’s Waldo?” But instead of looking for a little guy hidden in a complicated picture, you look for a proud company that’s vanished from the industry it helped create. I call this game “Where’s Rhapsody?” Remember Rhapsody? It’s a…

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Comments | Topics: cloud, Digital media, digital music