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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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Comments | Topics: amazon mp3, Digital media, Facebook

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

March 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

RealNetworks CEO abruptly quits, stock dives

Barely a year after taking the job, RealNetworks Chief Executive Bob Kimball has resigned, the company announced today. Kimball was in the process of restructuring and rebuilding Real, which has zigged, zagged and lurched through several management changes over the last two years. Real announced the change after regular trading closed Monday. Its stock dove today after…

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April 6, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Rhapsody spinoff done, price falls and Android embraced

RealNetworks completed the spinoff of its Rhapsody subscription music service, which is marking the occassion today with a big price cut and the release of a new streaming music application for Android phones. Rhapsody also is rolling out new branding with a guitar-pick-like logo, which graces a mural in its new standalone headquarters office in the…

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March 31, 2010 at 2:55 PM

RealNetworks lays off 60 as part of restructuring

With its spinoff of the Rhapsody music business nearing completion, RealNetworks is laying off 60 people, or about 4 percent of its 1,700 employees. Most of the affected employees are in Seattle. They include people supporting the Rhapsody business, as well as a employees in other groups. Interim Chief Executive Bob Kimball announced in February a dramatic…

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