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December 5, 2005

RealNetworks Rhapsody moves to the Web, begins Microsoft promotion

Posted by David Hunter at 8:18 AM ET.

John Borland at CNET:

RealNetworks’ core music subscription service is migrating onto the Web on Monday, in a move that includes some of the first fruits of its recent antitrust settlement with Microsoft.

The company is creating a new version of its Rhapsody digital music service that will let people search and listen to its catalog of songs from a Web page, instead of requiring them to download software. Along with that new version, Microsoft will begin promoting Rhapsody over the next week through its Media Player software and on the MSN Music site.

Microsoft’s role in promoting Rhapsody remains small for now, without the direct links inside the MSN Messenger service that the two companies showed off in October. Those features will likely appear by mid-2006, RealNetworks executives have said.

More details about the evolving Rhapsody service by following the link.

Filed under Coopetition, Digital Media, MSN, MSN Messenger, MSN Music, RealNetworks, Technologies

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