The Hush Sound Debuts Scavengers on Rhapsody!

First-Listen-HushSoundThe Hush Sound have been quiet for the past five years. Finally, their silence has been broken, and those delicious poppy tunes we love are back. Rhapsody is lucky enough to debut “Scavengers” today, excessively to Rhapsody listeners.

We love the new tune and are excited to hear the rest of the tracks from the album, which the band is releasing one at a time. The band is getting ready to hit the road–tour dates follow.

The Hush Sound tour 2013

May 14—Webster Hall—New York, New York
May 15—Theatre Of The Living Arts—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 16—Royale—Boston, Massachusetts
May 17—9:30 Club—Washington, DC
May 18—Amos Southend—Charlotte, North Carolina
May 19—The Loft—Atlanta, Georgia
May 21—The Social—Orlando, Florida
May 22—Culture Room—Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
May 23—The State Theatre—St. Petersburg, Florida
May 25—Trees—Dallas, Texas
May 26—Fitzgerald’s—Houston, Texas
May 27—The Parish—Austin, Texas
May 29—Firebird—St. Louis, Missouri
May 30—Blue Note—Columbia, Missouri
June 1—Mill City Nights—Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 2—The Rave—Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 4—Metro—Chicago, Illinois
June 5—A&R Music Bar—Columbus, Ohio
June 6—Altar Bar—Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 8—Grog Shop—Cleveland, Ohio

Jon Irwin Guest Posts on WSJ Accelerators Blog

acceleratorsRhapsody’s president was asked to be a guest mentor on Accelerators,  the Wall Street Journal’s blog for entrepreneurs, where he talks about tearing down paywalls to get consumers to love your app enough to pay for it. Instead of annoying customers just enough to make them pay, he advocates for delivering real value every step of the way–and building bridges to premium content.

Read the post here.

Rhapsody and MetroPCS Offer Best Unlimited On-Demand Mobile Music Deal Anywhere

metro-pcs3More than16 million songs and original editorial content available to MetroPCS customers at lowest cost

SEATTLE—January 17, 2013— Rhapsody introduced a new mobile music offer with MetroPCS that will help millions of consumers make good on their resolutions to spend less by offering the best value for unlimited on-demand mobile music bundle anywhere.

“We recognize that music is an important aspect of many of consumers’ lives and we are committed to providing services that enhance our customers’ mobile experiences at a price they can afford,” said Phil Terry, senior vice president, corporate marketing, MetroPCS. “We’ve seen great success with our Rhapsody Unlimited offer and now that we have the best value in town for unlimited, on-demand mobile music, we expect even greater success for MetroPCS.”

Available now, MetroPCS customers can add Rhapsody for $5 to its newly simplified $40, $50 and $60 monthly smartphone plans.

“We are thrilled to work with MetroPCS to bring on-demand music to the consumer with these amazing plans,” said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody. “The future of digital music is the mobile phone, whether it’s in your pocket, in your car or connected to an in-home audio system, and our future will be built on partnerships with service providers like MetroPCS, who can bring Rhapsody to a broader audience through compelling offers like this one.”

Rhapsody works closely with MetroPCS to tailor its service to MetroPCS subscribers by offering customized programming and editorial content that is updated regularly, a strategy that has been elemental to the success of the offer.

Rhapsody has seen significant growth in mobile with 56 percent of all listening coming from mobile phones, up from 27 percent in 2011. Rhapsody’s Irwin predicts the trend will only accelerate.

“This partnership is going to be instrumental in the growth of the on-demand streaming music business,” said Irwin. “This offer brings value to the customer, without compromising how artists and rights holders are compensated, which is a key tenet in how we do business. We’re eager to continue to bring new offers to customers that benefit all parts of the digital music value chain.”

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 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.

Rhapsody Members Can Now Pay Through AT&T Wireless Bill

Today, Rhapsody announced the ability for AT&T users to pay for the popular on-demand service on their wireless bill. The announcement follows a similar agreement between Rhapsody and Verizon and means that Rhapsody now has the ability to offer wireless carrier billing to more than half of all mobile phone users in the US.

“For our subscribers, it’s all about convenience,” said Jon Irwin, president, Rhapsody. “For the companies we work with,  it’s another example of the value that a relationship with Rhapsody can add: customer convenience, higher ARPU and increased stickiness to their wireless carrier.”

It’s also evidence that smartphone users are coming to see subscription music as synonymous with their mobile experience.

Consider that in 2012:

  • 51% of all tracks played on Rhapsody were mobile, up from 27% in 2011at+t
  • 56% of Rhapsody subscribers listen on mobile, up from 38% in 2011
  • The number of days per user that Rhapsody subscribers used the service on mobile was up 25% from 2011
  • 42% percent of Rhapsody customers ONLY use mobile

These trends are expected to continue, and through agreements like the one announced today, Rhapsody is competitively positioned to take advantage of them.

“In addition to offering value, we have a lot to gain by working with carriers,” said Irwin. “We’ve always believed in a pursuing a sustainable business that benefits both the people listening to all the great music we offer, and the artists who are creating it. These billing agreements reduce churn on our end and expand the Rhapsody community without giving away music for free, which is important to us.”

New Rhapsody for iPad and iPad Mini: the Fastest, Most Visually-Stunning Rhapsody Experience Yet

Rhapsody continues its blitz of new product rollouts with the launch of Rhapsody for iPad and iPad Mini, including an extended risk-free trial to enjoy unlimited music through the holidays.

The latest addition to Rhapsody’s product portfolio was built from the ground up and is stunning in its speed and beauty, with markedly improved playback speed. The app emphasizes the rich iPad display, inviting listeners to visually navigate Rhapsody’s comprehensive catalog.

home_fullscrn_1024x768Thanks to unlimited lightning-fast downloads, Rhapsody members can take their music with them, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.  As with all Rhapsody players, Rhapsody for iPad and iPad Mini is ad-free, allowing listeners a fully immersive experience without interruption or distraction.

“Our customers are going to be big fans of the latest tablet additions to Rhapsody’s growing product suite,” said Paul Springer, senior vice president, worldwide product and design. “Rhapsody has never looked or sounded better. We built this app from the ground up optimizing for speed, reliability and an effortless discovery experience for our members. We obsessed – and will continue to obsess – over making this the best way to enjoy music on your iPad, whether you listen through the internal speakers, headphones or external speakers using our Airplay and Bluetooth integration.”

In addition to direct access to their complete music library and downloads, members get the full depth of Rhapsody’s 16 million songs through a guided discovery experience.

Rhapsody for iPad features new releases and the most popular tracks and artists across more than 600 musical genres. Member-created playlists and libraries are easy to access, edit and create, and sync across the more than 100 devices where Rhapsody is available.

It’s been a busy few months for America’s leading premium on-demand music service, which released a completely new Android app including Rhapsody Replay; Rhapsody SongMatch, a free Android app that allows you to match, identify, play and save songs to a playlist, as well as a new Xbox Live app. With a continued focus on exclusive editorial content and music curation, Rhapsody has been the leading premium subscription service for more than a decade.

Rhapsody provides the ultimate music experience and offers a premium music service that appeals to music enthusiasts’ needs, while bringing music to the masses via partners like Verizon, AT&T, Sonos and metroPCS. In 2012, Rhapsody acquired the iconic Napster service, and operates in the United States as well as in the UK and Germany under the Napster brand.

Rhapsody for iPad is available today, and comes with 30 days of Rhapsody.

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 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.

Rhapsody Launches Music Apps Strategy with Rhapsody SongMatch for Android

The on-demand music service is developing a suite of apps to make music discovery more fun and convenient

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SEATTLE—December 5, 2012—Rhapsody kicked off its mobile utility apps strategy today with the launch of Rhapsody SongMatch™, a new free application that allows music listeners to discover music with one click.  Rhapsody SongMatch ™ uses your phone to listen to the song that is currently playing – in the background, on the TV, in the car, café or wherever – and identifies the artist, song name and album for music fans to match, store and share.

Free to download and use for anyone, Rhapsody subscribers can also listen and download full tracks of matched songs or dive deep into the album, artist catalog or discover similar artists. For convenience, all matched songs are automatically stored and saved as a playlist for future access.  Non-subscribers can also start a hassle-free Rhapsody trial.

“Our customers are music lovers who tell us they use a variety of mobile apps to solve their listening needs and discover new music,” said Paul Springer, senior vice president, worldwide product and design, Rhapsody.  “But they get frustrated with advertisements and the lack of full playback. We built Rhapsody SongMatch to seamlessly integrate with our core experience to connect the fun and convenience of mobile apps with full on-demand playback for both subscribers and new customers.”

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The company is working on additional purpose-built music apps that are free and complementary to Rhapsody’s premium on-demand music service.

“SongMatch is a great way to introduce new music fans to Rhapsody,” said Springer. “We’ll continue to focus on using over a decade’s worth of experience to solve customer challenges in discovering and playing the right music, right now.“

Rhapsody teamed with the metadata mavens at Gracenote to power the music recognition feature of SongMatch. The Gracenote technology works by “listening” to a few seconds of a song and matching it to its unique audio fingerprint in the Gracenote database.  It takes only a few moments for the Gracenote technology to recognize the artist, track and album, letting Rhapsody subscribers to quickly add music to their library and playlists.

Rhapsody SongMatch is available on Android with other platforms launching in the future. It is available in the Google Play Android store or Amazon App Store.  For more information, visit http://www.rhapsody.com/songmatch.


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 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.

Rhapsody Brings Music Discovery to Life with Latest Android App

SEATTLE—November 6, 2012—Subscription music services have never been sexier than Rhapsody’s new Android app. But don’t let the stunning visual interface fool you—this is an app that combines beauty and brains by surfacing personalized recommendations and suggests music based on time and day—a first among on-demand music services.

“It’s never been easier to discover the right song at the right moment,” said Paul Springer, senior vice president, worldwide product and design, Rhapsody.  “Our customers want their music within arms reach and the ability to download or play instantly with the push of a button. Our latest Android app delivers that experience and more.”

Rhapsody also announced the Beta launch of Rhapsody Replay. Replay is a new concierge feature that will appear on the home screen after learning your listening patterns. It provides personalized and easy access to familiar music based on the time and day.

“Our customers told us that in addition to discovering new music, they enjoy listening to familiar favorites,” observed Springer. “We also know that they listen to different music throughout the day—what they listen to on their motivating morning drive or run is not what they listen to while making dinner or relaxing in the evening. So, we built that intelligence into the app—which gets smarter the more you listen.”

In addition to Replay, the latest update includes a new home screen that showcases new releases as well as playlists and content curated by Rhapsody’s editorial staff. Fresh updates have been made to the player, which now includes full-screen album art and swipe-to-skip functionality, as well as quicker access to shuffle and repeat.  Under the hood is the fastest ever version of the Rhapsody Android experience, with easier access to radio and improved offline playback and downloads.  The app is available and free to download in all major Android app stores.

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 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.

Lifestylers: Gabby Reece on Volleyball, Fitness and Music

Volleyball star, model, fitness guru, actress, mother, and wife – Gabby Reece wears a lot of hats, and she wears them all with flair and style that have endeared her to many, including her husband, big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. We sat down with Gabby to talk about fitness, being a mom, and of course, music.

To listen to Gabby’s playlist, click here.

Q: Let’s start with the important stuff – are you really part of the “Malibu Mob” or guilty by location?

A: We are always all looking for an identification – so the boys loosely created a club that I have somehow been thrown into – lucky me.

Q: Any similarities between being an elite athlete and a mom?

A: You need a lot of endurance.

Q: We’re going to put you on that hot seat. You have to pick one partner to play with — Misty May Treanor or Keri Walsh Jennings. Who would you choose?

A: Misty because I am a tall player and she is probably the best person in the world to play behind a block. One would be fortunate to play with either.

Q: You have a new book coming out in 2013, anything you can share with us in advance?

A: The title is My Foot’s Too Big for the Glass Slipper and I basically give away all of Laird’s dirty secrets – No, seriously, it’s my observation of relationships, taking care of yourself, aging, sex, raising children…the basics.

Q: You grew up on the Virgin Islands. Curious what kind of music were you listening to?

A: Reggae, and occasionally Calypso

Q: What was the first album/ artist you connected with?

A: The BeeGees

Q: What was the first live show you attended? Favorite live show?

A: Van Morrison / U2 with Eddie Vedder

Q: Fitness and living an active lifestyle is obviously a huge part of your family. What role does music play in that?

A: Huge – it’s the motivation most days to get moving and it’s the sound track instead of my heavy breathing –the music I train to is very different then the music I listen to…

Q: Music can also be a family experience. If you were packing up the whole gang for a road trip, what would the soundtrack be?

A:  Almost Famous

We also had a chance to chat with Gabby’s Husband, Laird Hamilton, so stay tuned for that. For more, you can also check out their website gabbyandlaird.com

Rhapsody Brings a Jukebox to your Living Room via LG, Panasonic and Samsung Smart TVs

SEATTLE—October 3, 2012—Rhapsody today announced that it is now available on LG, Panasonic and Samsung Smart TVs as the company executes on its strategy to be everywhere its members are listening to music.

“Our goal is to be within arm’s reach for our customers so they can enjoy anytime, anywhere access to the music that matters most to them. For many of our customers, the living room and the TV are the focal point for digital media consumption,” said Paul Springer, SVP product and design, Rhapsody. “With these launches, Rhapsody expands its reach on the most popular Smart TV platforms, with more coming.”

According to NPD’s Smart TV Shipment and Forecast Report, 20 percent of televisions shipped this year will be smart TVs. Topology Research reports that’s 53 million units, approximately 75 percent more than the number of smart TVs shipped in 2010.

The Rhapsody TV apps are optimized to facilitate convenient, fast playback with a visually rich interface that maximizes high-definition displays.

Rhapsody’s Playlist screen on Panasonic Smart TV

“Our customers tell us they use Rhapsody differently on their television than they do on their PC, smartphone or tablets,” said Springer. “So, we prioritized features such as radio stations, favorite tracks, editorial and customer-curated playlists as well as new releases and recommendations. With Rhapsody for your Smart TV, you get the right music, right now, right in your living room.”

Rhapsody will also be available on Sharp Smart TVs within the coming months, and Microsoft recently announced that the Rhapsody music service will be part of Xbox Live, launching later this year.

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 more touch-points than any other digital music service, including mobile phones from Verizon Wireless 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, Luxembourg, New York and San Francisco. Rhapsody, and the Rhapsody logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc.  Follow @Rhapsody on Twitter and keep up with the latest on the Rhapsody Facebook page.

Lifestylers: Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello on Food,Wine and Music

Blending culinary influences from the south of Italy with a distinctly Napa style, Michael Chiarello was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine just three years after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America.  As a winemaker, Chiarello Vineyards has repeatedly received top marks, including 92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate for the 2009 Eileen Cabernet Sauvignon. As a restaurateur, his Napa Valley Bottega restaurant has been named best newcomer by Zagat, top 10 by Forbes and top 20 by Esquire. As a Food Network star, and host of Easy Entertaining, he won an Emmy. Whatever Chef Chiarello does, he does it right.

We spoke with Chef Chiarello about appearing on Next Iron Chef, his passion for cycling, and of course, his love for music.

There’s a natural intersection between food and music. In the restaurant setting the pace of the kitchen doesn’t always allow for it, but when you’re at home preparing a meal for family and friends, what are some of your favorite artists/albums to cook to?

Prep – I go to my country roots; Gretchen Wilson or Latino rock, my good friends Los Lobos, something classic like “Wolf Tracks.

Cooking – One Republic, Bruno Mars, Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl is a friend and Bottega regular) and Cold Play.

Clean up – CCR! If you have to ask, you’re too young!

Define “NapaStyle,” what is it/ how do you live it? Does NapaStyle have a sound? 

NapaStyle is a relaxed elegance that has texture, a rich palette of colors with the wonderfully passionate backdrop of flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert. Words get in the way of the Napa music, let the vineyards sing.

Pair the Chiarello Vineyard wine with a song (each wine is named after a member of the Chiarello family).

2008 Eileen Cabernet Sauvignon – Lenny Kravitz “American Woman,” sexy song from a sexy man for my super sexy wife! She’s my American Woman.

2009 Bambino Cabernet Sauvignon – One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” reminds me of our son Aidan’s first concert performance (Bambino is his wine), he’s our Pop Prince.

2011 Chiara Bianco Ribolla Gialla – “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. This is the white wine poured at my daughter’s wedding this year and the song I chose as my first dance!

2010 Felicia Old Vine Zinfandel – Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” It brings out the art in my artist daughter, her go-to feel-good song.

2010 Giana Zinfandel – Band Perry, “Walk me down the middle.” Giana is my lil’ country girl living in a big city looking for the boy who will “walk her down the middle” of their life.

You’ve referred to the ‘living décor’ of your restaurants – what role does music play in the dining experience? 

Music provides the high-notes that move the dance along, making everyone feel good.

You recently threw your “toque in the ring,” competing on the Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef,” what’s that experience like? 

Like competing underwater in a cartoon: Sponge Bob Cooks. Seriously fun, intense, stressful and did I say fun?

You’re also an avid cyclist. Having travelled the world, what are some of your favorite rides? 

I have had three epic rides this year. Stage one of the Tour of California a couple of hours before the pros (with Chris Carmichael, Lance’s trainer). Stage 11 of Tour de France, in the French Alps, was the single hardest ride I’ve ever done. The Pinnarello Granfondo in Treviso, Italy, a classic giro loop of 100 miles in the Dolomites, a perfect day (until I crashed) but I finished strong.

How about your favorite songs to ride to?

Cycling in the mountains – Green Day.

Cycling on the flatta – (Believe it or not) Lady GaGa, she keeps my pace up.

Do you remember the first album you ever connected with? 

My brother is 12 years older than me and he used to play a Joan Biaz album all the time.

What kind of impression did it leave on you? 

That album taught me that you can have an inspired statement written into song lyrics.

What about live shows? Which was your first? 

ACDC.

Which was your favorite? 

Ray Charles.

Are there genres of music you absolutely can’t stand? 

Any music that takes advantage of another gender, race or religion.

If you could have dinner with any musician, living or dead, who would that be?

Johnny Cash.

What would you cook that musician, if given the chance?

I would cook him a medley of dishes inspired by his greatest hits.

What music have you discovered in the last year that excites you? 

One Republic.

For a full playlist of Chef Chiarello’s favorite songs, click here