Olympic Swimmer Anthony Ervin On Giving Away his Gold Medal, Jack White and World Travel

Every once in a while an athlete comes along that destroys the preconceived notions of how we expect athletes to think and act. Anthony Ervin is one of them.  An Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer, Ervin once held the world record in the 50 freestyle and is also a former World Champion in the 100 freestyle. But his life outside the pool is just as interesting as his life in it. We sat down with Ervin for a quick conversation that touched on a little bit of everything. Check out Ervin’s Rhapsody playlist here and make sure to follow him @AnthonyErvin.

You auctioned off the gold medal you won in Sydney in the 50-free to help victims of the Tsunami in 2004 . That’s simply awesome.  Do you know who bought it or where it is?

Yes, I do.  Anthony Chua, a very big swim fan from the Phillipines bought the medal.

We have your playlist, clearly music plays a role in your life. What was the first album you connected with?

Tough question!  For years I was stealing my older brother’s albums and listening to them when he wasn’t home: Pixies (Bossanova), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Mother’s Milk), The Smiths and various other Brit-rock bands.  They were an immense influence on me.  The first album I ever owned was The Crow soundtrack, closely followed by Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten.’   However, when I acquired ‘Siamese Dream’ by The Smashing Pumpkins, a self-reflective musical identity began taking shape.

First Show/ Best show?

The first show I cared about came pretty late in my life.  I think it was 2002 when I saw Zwan at the Warfield theatre in San Francisco.  I wanted to because I had been a Smashing Pumpkin fan forever, but never actually got to see them live.  At the show, I encountered much more than I’d bargained for; and for the first time I felt the power of a live rock show as the music was not just heard but felt, roaring through the earth into my feet, up into my heart then head and continuing up and beyond.  I was irrevocably changed by that show.

The best show was seeing the White Stripes at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley.  Seeing Jack White rock out on a menagerie of instruments, flowing from one to another, an indomitable force of rock’n’roll intensity. That was inspiring.

I’ve since been to many great shows, but these two shows have demystified the rest.

Swimming has taken you all over the world, any places or cultures that you’ve particularly enjoyed?

True, swimming has taken me all over the world, but by far the best part of globe-trotting is seeing the international friends I’ve made who once lived in the USA and have since returned to their origins.  These friends make the place.  In a cultural sense, since I studied English as an undergraduate, I’ve always enjoyed being in London.  As well, I’ve always had a fondness for Japanese history and culture – roots that took hold, I believe, with imported cartoons when I was a child – so I’ve always relished opportunities to go to and return to Tokyo, Japan.  I really hope Tokyo wins the bid for the 2020 Olympic Games!

You’re standing on the podium in Sydney for the medal ceremony, but the sound guy had a few too many Fosters and can’t find the Star Bangled Banner – In its stead, what song would you have them play and why?

Shit question!  I’d start belting it myself!

Anthony.Ervin.by.Lewis-13-Edit-(ZF-0118-61352-1-001) (1)You stopped swimming competitively in 2003 and started again in 2011, qualifying for the 2012 games in the 50 free. That’s quite a layoff, how did you find “it” again? Or did “it” find you? 

I enjoy the dual-phrasing of that question, and I can say it’s both. For a variety of reasons I stopped swimming, though the one to mention here is that I’d lost the passion. When I lived in NYC I worked as a swim instructor for the Imagine School of Swimming, teaching kids to swim. I saw these kids evolve from, at times, an absolute fear of the water to instead, pure play. This brought back to me the joy in swimming, something I had long ago forgotten through all the years of hunger in competition and sacrifice for that end. I decided to return to university in Berkeley, Ca to finish my bachelor’s and then went straight into a Master’s program where I found myself back in the water just for the enjoyment.

What was the biggest change from 2003 to 2011?

How the maturity and advancement of my own mind made my work ethic, attitude, and purpose in swimming completely different from how I remember being.  When younger this immaturity, without necessarily realizing it, also contributed to my being somewhat conservative, not necessarily from zealous belief, but from a sheltered lack of experience.  During my time away from the sport my passion was music and I evolved a liberal open-mindedness to others and the world, a re-coloring of how I view the swimming world as well.  One of many gifts music and the pursuit of being an artist has given me.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, we’ll certainly be rooting for you. What’s up next for Anthony Ervin? (feel free to answer the third person)

No problem!  For now, Anthony will continue swimming, working at getting stronger, faster, and becoming one with the water.

Rocking While Rolling: Rhapsody Coming to BMW Apps

Today, Rhapsody and BMW are announcing a partnership that will pair the premium on-demand music service with one of the world’s premium automotive brands. Rhapsody will soon be available on BMW apps.

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 The Rhapsody iPhone app will be fully integrated into the BMW Apps system, meaning users will be able to not only use the vehicle controls to find and listen to their favorite tracks, but also navigate Rhapsody’s music discovery tools, which have been adapted for an in-car experience that’s safe, useful and engaging.

For a full press release, click here

Rhapsody Set to Rock Austin with Performances from the Walkmen, Foxygen, inc., In the Valley Below, NOBUNNY and DJ sets by True Panther

Rhapsody today announced the lineup for its Rhapsody Rocks Austin (RRA) unofficial SXSW day party, with live sets from some of this year’s most talked-about artists. The Walkmen, making their only appearance during SXSW week, will headline fresh off a North American tour that made them one of the most talked about acts of the last year. Rhapsody will rock Austin at the Club DeVille on March 15—doors open at noon.

RRAThe Walkmen are joined in the RRA lineup by Foxygen, the LA-bred song writing duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado, who create a sometimes impressionistic, sometimes-hyper-real portrait of sounds from specific places and times that never comes across as anything but absolutely modern. Their albums have accurately been described as “Love letters to vinyl collections.” Rhapsody Rocks Austin will also feature inc., In The Valley Below, NOBUNNY, and DJ sets by True Panther.

“Seven albums in, the Walkmen are among the elder statesmen of indie rock,” said Garrett Kamps, senior director, content programming, Rhapsody.  “We fully expect them to show these young whipper-snappers how its done, which will be no small feat as our line-up of whipper-snappers rules: Foxygen, inc., In the Valley Below, NOBUNNY, DJ True Panther — I just grew chest hair saying all those band names one after the other.”

 Rhapsody Rocks Austin

Who: The Walkmen, Foxygen, inc., In The Valley Below, NOBUNNY, plus DJ sets by DJ True Panther

What: Rhapsody Rocks Austin 2013

Where: @ Club Deville, 900 Red River, Austin

When: Doors at12:00 noon.

How: Event is free, but you need to RSVP here. Check out Rhapsody’s facebook page and @Rhapsody on Twitter for details

It’s All About the Music (and the Money)

Separate from the concert event, Rhapsody will also be hosting a panel on a topic near and dear to many SXSW attendees and performers – streaming music and artist reimbursement. Titled ‘Streaming Music: A River of Cash or up the Creek,’ the panel will bring together perspectives from all sides of the issue to examine what roles streaming music services can play for artists today and in the future. Additional information about the panel available here, but make plans to be at the Austin Convention Center, room 18d at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. It promises to be an honest and sober(ish) discussion on a very important topic.

Panel- Streaming Music: A River of Cash or up the Creek

Who: Simon Wheeler, Dir. of Digital, Beggars Group

Richard Jones, Owner, Key Music Management Ltd.

Jon Maples, product and design, Rhapsody

Emily White, Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment/ Readymade Records

What: Panel discussion examining the value to be derived from streaming music services

Where: Austin Convention Center, room 18D (500 E Cesar Chavez St)

When: 5:00 – 6:00pm Friday, March 15

How: Credentials with access: music badge, platinum badge, artist wristband

Veronica Belmont talks Game of Thrones, Show tunes and Mr Little Jeans

Veronica Belmont, host of Revision 3’s Tekzilla is, in no particular order, an unabashed geek, a polished karaoke power balladeer, and a pretty rad chick. As an authority on all things gaming we asked Veronica to share a list of her favorite tunes from video game soundtracks. Check it out here. She was also kind enough to answer a few questions–enjoy!

VBWe have a list of your favorite tracks from video game soundtracks (above). I’m wondering, as the gaming experience becomes more immersive, what role do you think music plays in game design and experience?

Music is a huge part of the gameplay experience, for several reasons. Most importantly, to me at least, is that it creates another layer of immersion to a game. If I’m walking though a nightclub, like in Mass Effect 3 for example, it makes sense that I would hear the appropriate kind of music in the background. But it can also work as an ambient layer to help set a mood or a tone for a section of gameplay. I like it when certain areas of a game have a very specific soundtrack that I can identify that zone with.

We won’t ask you to name your favorite game on each console, instead we’ll play some word association. Which title comes to mind first (and maybe a brief explanation), when you think of:

NES – A Boy and His Blob

 • SNES – I have the power! (super power!)

 • Genesis – Chris down the street, who had one

Nintendo 64 – Donkey Kong 64, which was amazing

 • Playstation – Never had one, waited until the 2

Game cube – Ocarina of Time

 • ColecoVision – my mom (she worked for Coleco)

In a piece you wrote for Engadget you mentioned that being a “geek” really just means that you’re more obsessed than the average person with any particular subject. Does your “geekiness” extend to music? If so, what was the first album that you really connected with?

Probably more back in high school and college than it does now, unfortunately! I was obsessed with the local music scene in Boston, and went to shows all the time. I even had a radio show at my college station. But it’s hard for me to keep up on all the cool new stuff nowadays. I get most of my music from my husband or from listening to the XM stations in my car (yes, radio is still a thing!).

What was your first live show? Best live show?

My first big concert was the WMRQ Backyard BBQ. It was our local radio station’s big summer concert, and The Offspring were headlining. I was only there because I was interning at the radio station!

My best live show… oh boy, that’s tough. Probably Sunny Day Real Estate. It was their reunion show, and it was only like a year or two ago here in San Francisco. I had never been able to see them live as a kid, so it blew my mind. They were just as good as ever. Plus, everyone there was like 35-40 years old. It was amazing.

VB2Your cat, Mr. Littlejeans, has a decent social following himself, does he have any musical leanings?

No, he’s a cat. Silly. Though, don’t ask him about the band Mr. Little Jeans, he finds it very annoying.

You also host Sword & Laser, a science fiction and fantasy show. Game of Thrones has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon and you had George Martin, the author whose work the series is based on, as a guest on the show. What’s he like? 

He was awesome! We were a little worried that maybe he was going to be a tough interview… you know, he does so many of these things, he’s probably sick to death of talking to people. But we were able to talk to him about things he likes, like The Avengers, and he just totally opened up.

On a related note – you’re sent the Wall to the take the black, what one album are you taking with you? 

The Smashing Pumpkins  – Siamese Dream. But please do not talk to me about the Smashing Pumpkins post-1995.

So, sure you a natural on camera, but when the bright lights are really on at your favorite Karaoke spot, what songs are you going with? Do you practice?

I do show tunes. Phantom of the Opera (my speciality), Grease, etc. I also like the tried-and-true 80’s power ballads, like Bon Jovi (Livin’ on a Prayer), Meatloaf, and Bonnie Tyler. I practice insofar that I do karaoke a lot.

You’re a busy women, between your hosting duties on Revision 3, the speaking circuit, podcasting, writing, gaming, prolifically tweeting What’s up next for you?

We’re working on a S&L book anthology, which we’re accepting submissions for in March! I’ve also got a TV pilot airing in March as well, so stay tuned for that!

Veronica tweets! Often! Follow her: @veronica

Rhapsody’s Windows Phone app gets an offline facelift…and more!

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Windows phone owners rejoice!  We’ve been working on some improvements and added features to give you an even better music experience while you’re on the go. If you have a Windows phone download the app (or update) today.

Offline Playback

Taking your music with you got a whole lot easier.  Now you can download albums, songs and playlists to your phone and listen even when you don’t have a connection. Your next commute, plane trip or subway ride just got a bit more melodic.

Music Library

We revamped your music library (My Music) so you can easily add or remove tracks and albums, and even add music while it’s playing. You’ll find the same collection of music in your library whether you are accessing on the web, on a home audio device or your Windows phone.

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We also added in better functionality to genres, so you can explore those in depth with stations, new releases and top tracks.

Plus there are some behind the scenes improvements you may notice with search, enhanced visual display of Rhapsody radio stations and more album images.

We also want to thank all our beta testers who provided some fantastic feedback while playing with the new app. They were excited and impressed, so we hope you are too.

Lifestylers — Paging Dr. Laura: It’s Almost Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air. Or it soon will be with Valentine’s Day just a few days away, so we set out to find amore advice from renowned sex and relationship expert Dr. Laura Berman.  Her show, In The Bedroom with Dr. Laura, can be seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network and she’s also a regular on The Dr. Oz Show. Since everyone can use a tip or two about romance, we dove straight in.

Dr  Laura Berman headshotDo you celebrate Valentine’s Dr. Laura? How?

My husband usually comes up with something special. We do a regular weekly date night so we try to stay creative and think outside the box.

What’s your top tip for romance–be it married, serious dating or just starting out?

You have to make it a priority. People think romance just “happens” but you have to make an effort and be the change you want to see in your relationship.

Valentine’s Day is a few days away. How can I create a special evening?

Try to think of something you wouldn’t normally do. Dinner and a movie can get old, but what about an exciting activity like rock climbing or a trapeze class? Exciting activities such as this can make your heart race and release dopamaine and adrenaline in your body, and this mimics those feelings of butterflies and excitement you had when you first started dating your partner.

Any advice for those new in a relationship?

Think small and sweet. Don’t go overboard or feel like you have to buy a big expensive gift. Something thoughtful and unique will be more appropriate, and it will also show your new partner that you care about their interests and hobbies.

How can music add to a romantic evening?

Music can definitely be a sensual part of a big night out, whether you like classical or rock. All of our senses play a role in creating the experience, and music can help to raise our excitement and add to the mood.

What songs do you think help set the right mood? 

It depends on the couple! Some people love the old stand-bys like Al Green or Billie Holliday, but other people love Metallica or Jay-Z. Whatever makes you happy–or makes you want to dance–should fit the bill.

What songs are on your all-time list of most romantic?

At Last, Etta James

Our Love is Here to Stay, Ella Fitzgerald

As Time Goes By, Frank Sinatra

Fever, Peggy Lee

It Had to Be You, Harry Connick Jr

Your Song, Elton John

Always on My Mind, Willie Nelson

Saving all My Love for You, Whitney Houston

Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton

When you Say Nothing at All, Alison Kraus

Play Dr. Laura’s Rhapsody playlist here.

Lifestylers: Style and Design with Sfgirlbybay

Victoria Smith is the creator and editor of Sfgirlbybay, named “One of the top 50 Design Blogs” by the London Times. Victoria was also a Pinterest pioneer with an account that boasts more than a half-million followers including Ellen Degeneres and Oprah.  What about modern style and design catches her eye? We find out.

victoria-smith-headshotRight off the top of your head, what’s the coolest thing you’ve seen recently?

This art installation made from 6,000 light bulbs. Titled CLOUD, the installation was created by Canadian artist Caitlind Brown for a late night art festival. It’s amazing.

How were you inspired to create Sfgirlbybay?

It was more a whim really. I started in June 2006, as just a hobby at first – it was never meant to be my ‘job’, or I probably would have thought of a more appropriate name. I’ve always had a love of photography and interior design, as well as writing, and the blog seemed to encompass everything I was passionate about. I initially started the blog as a way to post photographs of my interiors in the hopes of being featured on one of Apartment Therapy’s home tours, and fortunately I was selected. Their blog post on my home tour directed traffic to my blog, and one thing lead to another. Over time, the blog grew a loyal readership and eventually became my full time job.

When did you know you were onto something?

I was approached by a couple of magazines asking to feature my home – one was in Australia called Real Living, and the other was Sunset Magazine. Both those articles gained me a pretty significant jump in followers.

Of your half-million Pinterest followers, who are the most notable?

It would appear that Oprah and Ellen Degeneres follow me. I think it’s ‘really’ Ellen, but I think it may be Oprah’s team. It’s hard to tell if they are actually the individuals. Also, Katie Couric follows me, and Ryan Seacrest, which kind of cracks me up.

Can you tell us a little bit about how one develops “Bohemian modern style?” What kind of career path gets you there?

I think designing is an extension of your personality. It’s the place I know I feel most comfortable and feeds my creativity. I decorate using elements that are really eclectic, mostly a mix of mid-century modern and vintage, and mean something to me personally, or make me feel happy when I see them. If you do that, you’ll build a room that you want to spend time in. I bought a white sofa with slipcovers, and it works as kind of a canvas to build around. I’m constantly changing things up and I can change up the throws and pillows, and add vintage pieces to the room and create a whole new look, almost seasonal as my moods change. So, I think if you follow your heart then you’ll represent yourself uniquely since there’s only one you. It’s a ‘modern bohemia;’ artistic, meaningful, but modern thinking.

I have no idea where these ideas come from for me. I’ve been decorating since I was a little kid, always changing my room up. I’ve had a pretty varied career path, too. From studying interior design and journalism, to working in a furniture showroom and then moving into advertising and working my way up from receptionist to print production and art buying to director of creative services. I guess I’m always in flux, too.

Does this mean you’re an Edie Brickell & New Bohemians superfan?

Ummm, no. <smiles>

Even your dog, Lucy, has a distinctive look. Is an eye for the unique genetic?

5931848659_a1d71eb9e7_bLucy is a rescue mutt, so I have no idea where the blue eyes came from. There’s much speculation as to what kind of mixed breed she is and it changes daily. Some people suggest she has Husky or Australian Cattle Dog in there, accounting for the blue eyes. There’s also a small Catalan Sheepdog that often has blue eyes, and that’s my best guess, she likes to herd.

Do you listen to music when you write? What kind?

A fresh mix of indie music.

What style of music gets your toe tapping?

I like a lot of diverse types of music. Zydeco music gets me tapping my toes. But I also love Florence & The Machine, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand. I like driving (probably too fast) to that kind of music.  But I also love Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry in general, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, anything 80’s for the most part. It’s my favorite era of music.

See more of the tunes that get Victoria’s toe tapping on her Rhapsody playlist.  Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/sfgirlbybayblog and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sfgirlbybay.

Follow Rhapsody at Facebook.com/Rhapsody, Twitter.com/Rhapsody, and Pinterest.com/rhapsodymusic.

Lifestylers: world traveler, photographer and food writer Leela Cyd Ross

Leela has nearly been to the four corners of the globe, having lived in South India, Vietnam, Turkey and other distant locales where she discovered new foods and the world around her. Today she lives in Portland, still travels, and highlights the best food, kitchens, and restaurants she comes across. Leela has her own blog, Tea Cup Tea and writes for Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn. We had the opportunity to chat with her on her inspiration, music playing a part of her daily routine, and how the best travel stories unfold.

UnknownWhere was your ultimate favorite place you’ve visited in the world and why?

This is just too tough! I got lucky so lucky in that I was born to travel obsessed parents, so from a young age, I’ve been packing my little bag and finding myself on the other side of the globe . . . A place I’ve returned to many times and feel strongly about though is Southern India. The people, colors, tastes, sounds, spirituality and intensity of India is unique. It’s my spiritual home! The generosity and love I was shown there was remarkable. India teaches you things.

What is your wildest travel adventure?

While on a wine press trip in South America last spring, I ducked out of a wine lecture and encountered a delightful motorcycle band of about 40 men. I photographed them taking a break, having wine and pizza and by the end of the afternoon, they lifted me in the air chanting “Ole Ole Ole Ole LEELA!” That was a day when I thought to myself, “well this doesn’t happen very often . . .” It was a lot of fun and we had some big belly laughs together. Not sure this is that wild, but it sticks out as one of my favorite travel memories — anything can happen if you are curious, sip champagne and have a camera around your neck!

What places did you discover the best foods and do you recreate those at home?

Eating unfamiliar foods at hole in the wall places all over the world is one of my greatest passions! Living and eating in Istanbul, Turkey was probably the most surprising, fresh, and exciting experiences of my life. Turkish cuisine is very refined in technique and their flavors are strong and assertive. From the 2 dollar mint/lentil soup on the street to the decadent baklava, everything I ate there was just right. I try to cook with that same Turkish sprit at home, loads of fresh herbs, lemon and plenty of tea alongside.

Favorite photograph you’ve taken and why?

For me, photography is the result of a process I really enjoy first and foremost: discovering another world, learning about someone’s trade/passion and bringing that to life — that is my favorite part — the image is secondary. That being said, I love thinking about composition and design in my images, trying to push them every beyond my current comfort zone . . . the long story short is that my most beloved images are completely biased and emotionally tied to special moments with my family. Right now it’s a photo taken with a 50s toy camera of my husband having a coffee in the Los Angeles sunshine.

How does music play a role in your daily life? Does it help inspire your food choices?

My husband and I love to blast music in the house, especially when cooking and cleaning. We like a good soundtrack running to lip-synch and inspire! And our road trips are completely dominated by certain albums . . . For eating, I love upbeat Soul Music — there’s nothing better than a good meal and some Sam Cooke.

What’s the best music experience you’ve had when traveling?

While living in India, we went to a few mind-bending concerts. The Raga form of masterful musicians riffing off each other with great rhythm, emotion and skill put me in a trance. We’d go to these mess hall type of places and for hours, the 3 or 4 musicians would have us in their palm, even little kids would sit upright, undisturbed, lost in the music. So enchanting!

Since you and Elvis were born on the same day, are you or were you ever a big fan of his music?

I love Elvis! Growing up people used to always give me Elvis gear because of our shared birthday. Do you know he was born with a twin who died at birth? My Mom is from Mississippi, so we visited his birthplace of Tupelo as kids. Mostly I love his early stuff and those gyrating hips of his! Blue Moon is my favorite song.

If you were to pick one place, one dish and one song combo, what would it be?

I’d be sitting in my parent’s backyard in Santa Barbara, California with my husband and all of our family at my side in a fancy picnic, munching away at little appetizer foods — California style with fresh fruits, veggies, grain salads, dips and my Dad’s homemade pizzas going, washed down with Prosecco and lemonade . . . Bob Dylan’s Tomorrow is a Long Time would be playing on the record player crooning for us as we feasted and laughed among the jasmine bushes, orange trees a block from the Pacific ocean.

Thanks for your time Leela!  You can follow her on Twitter at @leelacyd and check out her Rhapsody playlist here. And if you happen to be in Florence, Italy in May, she’ll be hosting a photography class.

Stream Rhapsody on your Roku

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Rhapsody is announcing today that it will soon be available on Roku. The leading premium on-demand music service has teamed with the market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV. The result? Naturally, it rocks.

Roku is the latest device in the living room to receive Rhapsody connectivity. In the last several months, Rhapsody has also added Xbox and most major SmartTV manufacturers.

Like all Rhapsody platforms, the Roku channel will allow users to lean forward, accessing Rhapsody’s entire catalogue of more than 16 million songs, to search for and play songs, albums and artists. Or lean back, enjoying playlists and preprogrammed genre and artist radio stations.

Rhapsody Hits the Road with Ford SYNC AppLink

Rhapsody and Ford today announce at International CES that the leading premium on-demand music service is now available in Ford and Lincoln vehicles with SYNC® AppLink. Rhapsody listeners with SYNC-enabled cars and trucks can use voice commands and radio buttons on the steering wheel to control the Rhapsody app on their smartphones, making it safe and easy to rock out on the road.

ImageThis marks Rhapsody’s first full automotive integration, and a major step forward in the company’s strategy to bring the popular service to the places where listeners spend the most time playing music: in the car and in the living room.

“Everybody loves to listen to music in the car, so making it as convenient as possible for people to enjoy Rhapsody while driving has been a high priority for us,” said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody. “We were pleased to work with Ford on this innovative integration. Now our customers have their favorite music within arm’s reach in their cars.”

Rhapsody members are increasingly taking their music on the road. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 Rhapsody members, 40 percent said they listened to Rhapsody in the car, more than any other form of audio entertainment (only 13 percent listen to the radio).

How Rhapsody members use audio entertainment in the car
Streaming Rhapsody (via mobile device) 40%
Playlists (downloaded from Rhapsody or on phone or MP3 player) 22%
Radio 13%
Podcasts 9%
Audiobooks 6%
Source: Survey of Rhapsody members, n=1,396

Actual behavioral data from Rhapsody’s 1 million-plus base shine more light on members’ mobile inclinations. Fifty-one percent of all tracks played on the service this past year were from a mobile device, up from 27 percent in 2011. In addition, 56 percent of Rhapsody members listen on a mobile device, up from 38 percent the year prior, with 42 percent of all members using mobile exclusively for the service.

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The beauty of SYNC AppLink is that it works seamlessly with the Rhapsody smartphone app. When Rhapsody is launched on a smartphone while in a SYNC-enabled car, it will connect wirelessly via Bluetooth® to the vehicle’s audio system for hands-free listening.

SYNC AppLink is available on more than 1 million vehicles; it is available on 2013 Fiesta, Mustang, Expedition, Fusion, F-150, Super Duty, Focus, E-Series and C-MAX.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

About Rhapsody
The Rhapsody® digital music service (www.rhapsody.com) gives subscribers unlimited on-demand access to more than 16 million songs, whether they’re listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. Rhapsody allows subscribers to access their music through mobile phones from Verizon Wireless, AT&T and MetroPCS, through Rhapsody applications on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, RIM BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Android mobile platforms as well as through devices from Vizio, SanDisk, HP, Sonos and Philips. Rhapsody is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Frankfurt,London, Luxemburg, New York and San Francisco. Rhapsody, and the Rhapsody logo are registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc. Follow @Rhapsody on Twitter and keep up with the latest on the Rhapsody Facebook page.