Rhapsody Hops on the DRM-Free Bandwagon

June 30th, 2008 at 12:00 am


And another legal alternative to iTunes. Rhapsody announced today their new service, "Music Without Limits." It basically emulates the model of iTunes, selling music at 99cents a pop and $9.99 an album. Oh, and did I already say? It’s DRM-free!

According to the press release , Realnetworks, the company behind Rhapsody is making it easier for people to decide what to do with their music. DRM-free means customers can use the music anywhere. Moreover, Realnetworks has partnered with music labels to distribute music on the Rhapsody music store including the big four Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI — and an extensive number of independent labels.

"Until now, legal digital music has suffered from severe limitations on where consumers could buy it and how they could use it," said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. "‘Music Without Limits,’ fixes those problems and will make digital music easier and more valuable for consumers. Rhapsody is proud to be partnering with some of the most innovative companies of our time, including: iLike, Yahoo!, MTV Networks, and Verizon Wireless, to connect consumers with digital music wherever they are and however they want it."

Moreover and actually the best part, "Visitors to the Rhapsody MP3 Store can enjoy a complete discovery experience by listening to full-length songs instead of the 30-second samples found on other sites. And purchased tracks and albums can be seamlessly downloaded into Rhapsody, RealPlayer or iTunes."