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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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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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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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Rhapsody for iPhone appears in App Store

Rhapsody for iPhone appears in App Store

It's obviously a week for mobile music, as Rhapsody has become the latest media streaming app to land on the iPhone [iTunes link].  Promising to do for US Apple customers what Spotify on iPhone has done in Europe, the new application offers its 8 million tracks over WiFi or mobile; however, unlike Spotify it's unable to play music when offline, using cached versions of songs.

Like the European service, Rhapsody on iPhone demands a monthly subscription - in this case, Rhapsody To Go, which costs $15 per month.  There's a week's free trial included when you download the app initially, which is something Spotify foolishly didn't include, and tracks are streamed in 64kbps quality.

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