Today's post is by FMC Communications Intern Peter Haugen.
For the past seven years, Rhapsody was partnered with RealNetworks and MTV, but, as of Tuesday morning, the music subscription service is flying solo. In other words, Rhapsody, which has been around for the better part of a decade, is now officially labeled a “start-up.” Again.
So why, exactly, did the company decide to go its own way? Did Rhapsody, like many people who chose to end a relationship, simply need its space? read more
At SXSW last week, YouTube unveiled a new opportunity for indie bands called Musicians Wanted. According to a recent YouTube post that provides some details about this program (the pitch is made by the members of Pomplamoose), "If you're a musician, and you want to make a living and do nothing but play music. . . either get signed or stick with YouTube."
If you've been following the music-tech news lately, you've probably heard about the rather sudden and unexpected acquisition of digital music service Lala by Apple, Inc. Speculation has run rampant about why the country's largest music retailer — which sells individual music downloads via its iTunes store — would purchase a company that's made a name for itself via "cloud-based" access. read more
In 2008, the idea of another subscription-only music service was enough to get your knickers in a torrent. Sure Rhapsody was doing well, but they’d been around for forever and in 2008, freemium was the music model du jour. With a year to reflect, co-founder of the Future of Music Coalition and longtime San Fran Music Tech Summit organizer Brian Zisk tells us what it takes to survive in today’s music environment.
In August 2008, ReadWriteWeb asked What Would the Perfect Streaming Music Service Look Like? While Pandora, Imeem and Muxtape were mentioned, services like MOG’s All Access, Spotify and Rdio hadn’t even been hatched. Given what appears to be a major shift in the industry, we asked Zisk to weigh in on some of these upcoming features. read more