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My Favorite Music Service

My Favorite Music Service

I have tried them all. I have been using Pandora since the early days, and I pay for the premium Pandora service. I tried, for at least a month each and often more, all of the old guard of the streaming music services. Rhapsody. Napster. Slacker Radio. I owned a Zune HD, and subscribed to Zune, and when I bought my first Windows phone, I subscribed again to give it a second try. When Spotify got hot, I tried it for a while, sharing playlists and music. I have tried Rdio and Last.fm. I’ve spent time on Turntable. For a couple days, I even used Ping. But there is one online music service that is my favorite by far. I’ve been using it for almost a year, and it’s actually gotten better since I started. I listen at work on my desktop, on my smartphone while I’m exercising, and in my car on my stereo.

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Rhapsody, other streaming music sites told to pull Paul McCartney

Rhapsody, other streaming music sites told to pull Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, who continues to believe he's somehow better and more important than any other living musician, has decided to sever his ties with streaming music services like Rhapsody. This means anyone wanting to download a McCartney tune will need to pay for each individual MP3 track. It was surprising that McCartney ever decided to grant licensing rights to the subscription-based all-you-can-eat services in the first place.

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Rhapsody buys Napster’s Euro streaming business

Rhapsody buys Napster’s Euro streaming business

Rhapsody has acquired Napster in Europe, grabbing an instant user-base boost in the UK and Germany, and continuing to ramp up the pressure on streaming darling Spotify. Current Napster subscribers in Europe will be shifted over to Rhapsody's system in March 2012, gaining a new web-based client and mobile apps, but keeping their existing library of tracks and albums.

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Rhapsody music service claims top paying customers spot in the USA

Rhapsody music service claims top paying customers spot in the USA

There's a site out there folks by the name of Rhapsody, one that's been around for 10 years now, averaging now more than 10 million songs running through its halls per day, and this week they've claimed their spot as the number one premium music service in the USA. Their other big claim to fame this week is that they've now got over one million paying subscribers, no small feat in itself. All this of course makes us not forget their recent acquisition of the infamous Napster back in November of this year.

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Killer music licensing deals crippling Spotify

Killer music licensing deals crippling Spotify

Details of the draconian music licensing deals Spotify has been forced to agree to by record labels have leaked, amid suggestions that the streaming music service will never be profitable. The terms - which apply to other streaming media services as well, such as Rhapsody - conspire to undermine the streaming companies' negotiating power, GigaOm reports, with such gems as huge upfront payments and payout deals based on the biggest income of either minimum subscriber fees, per-play costs or total company revenue.

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Rhapsody buys Napster in attempt to fight Spotify

Rhapsody buys Napster in attempt to fight Spotify

Rhapsody announced today that it will be buying Napster from Best Buy to boost its subscriber base and expand its IP portfolio. The move appears to be a direct reaction to the intensifying competition from music service rivals like Spotify, which has been hogging much of the spotlight lately. The terms of the deal have not been revealed, but it is expected to close around November 30 with Best Buy receiving a minority stake in Rhapsody.

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Spotify Will Not Be Exclusive Partner To Facebook Music

Spotify Will Not Be Exclusive Partner To Facebook Music

The popular European music streaming service, Spotify, is ready to make a splash with its U.S. launch this week. A recently leaked internal document of Spotify's marketing plan along with rumors of deep Spotify integration into Facebook suggested a tight partnership between the two companies. However, new reports reveal that Spotify does not have an exclusive deal with Facebook for the social network's upcoming music service.

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FTC And Department of Justice May Investigate Apple’s Subscription Model

FTC And Department of Justice May Investigate Apple’s Subscription Model

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple's new subscription model is catching the attention of U.S. antitrust enforcers. The Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission plan to delve into the situation but may not develop any formal investigation or any action against the company. Many publishers including music streaming service, Rhapsody, have criticized Apple's new subscription policy, even saying it is "economically untenable."

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Spotify Signs Deal With EMI, Closer To U.S. Launch

Spotify Signs Deal With EMI, Closer To U.S. Launch

Spotify has signed a licensing deal with record label EMI today, giving the European music service two out the four major music labels. Last month Spotify signed a licensing deal with Sony Music, leaving Warner Music Group and Universal Music as the last two major record labels.

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Rhapsody Objects To New Apple Subscriptions Requirements

Rhapsody Objects To New Apple Subscriptions Requirements

Apple's new subscription rules first introduced for News Corp.'s "The Daily" has now fully rolled out for everyone. Apple just announced the new subscription model that will affect all publishers of content-based apps that intend to sell through the App Store. Rhapsody, the music subscription service is openly objecting to this new development and even considering taking legal action.

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Verizon LTE Android devices to get exclusive Rhapsody streaming with better quality

Verizon LTE Android devices to get exclusive Rhapsody streaming with better quality

Rhapsody has been around on smartphones for a while now with apps that let users stream and download tunes from their Rhapsody accounts. Verizon and Rhapsody have announced that Android smartphone users on the new LTE network with Verizon will get better quality music and more from Rhapsody.

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Google’s music aspirations surface

Google’s music aspirations surface

I have used subscription music services before like Rhapsody and really liked them. I tend to like music for a while and then get tired of it and move on to something else so being able to get all the turns I want is better for me than buying single tracks that I will only listen to for a month or so. A couple new reports have surfaced that outline a bit about Google and its aspirations for a music service.

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