Real Networks's Rhapsody adds new MP3 music store, integrates with Verizon's VCAST

Real Networks has announced several improvements to their Rhapsody music service, including a new online music store and integration with Verizon's VCAST mobile phone music service.Taking a cue from competitors such as Amazon and Napster, Rhapsody's new web-based music store sells a catalog of universally compatible (DRM-free) MP3 files from all four major music labels […]

Real Networks has announced several improvements to their Rhapsody music service, including a new online music store and integration with Verizon's VCAST mobile phone music service.

Taking a cue from competitors such as Amazon and Napster, Rhapsody's new web-based music store sells a catalog of universally compatible (DRM-free) MP3 files from all four major music labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI), as well as a selection of independents. The new Rhapsody store launches today, and represents a departure from the strictly software-based music subscription model the company was founded on.

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