SongMatch Gets a Widget and Goes Social


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People love SongMatch–especially how integrated the app is with their Rhapsody account. Today we are very happy to announce that SongMatch just got better with our newest release, which features a widget and the ability to share any song you match with your friends!

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It can be incredibly annoying when you try and record a match just as the song is ending. You whip out the phone, look for the app, open it up and only then can you start to record. This takes far too long so we wanted to make it quicker and easier for our users to start matching. With our new widget, you can match songs with one click directly from the home screen.

Social Sharing
What’s better than finding a new song you love? Being able to share that song with all of your friends! SongMatch now allows you to share any song you match via whichever application you prefer. Facebook, Twitter, email, text…. Spread the SongMatch love around!

As always, we love to hear your questions, comments or feedback. Please take a moment to take our SongMatch survey. And go get the app!

Kevin Coleman
Product Manager
@kevfcoleman

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.

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.

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.

 

Getting Around the New iPad App

Hello!

The Rhapsody iOS team has just released v1 of our native iPad App.  Thanks for waiting!  Here’s why we think you are going to like it:

It’s fast:

The app is built around a new player engine – it holds the title of The Fastest Mobile App we’ve ever released; it supports the fastest playback possible and app loading times are extremely quick.  We’ve built in intelligent content caching to automatically save your most recent music to make it very easy to play it back when you’re offline as well as to help conserve your bandwidth.

It’s beautiful:

The Rhapsody iPad App is the most beautiful experience that we’ve built to-date.  The visual richness of the app is designed to showcase the artists and albums available, while fully taking advantage of the iPad’s real estate and high-resolution screen support.

The app is a wonderful tool for discovery:

You can tap and swipe your way through content curated by Rhapsody’s world-class editors.  Music discovery is effortless, thanks to  similar artists and genres, custom album, artist and genre editorial overviews, featured content and editorial essentials for genres.  You can also browse Rhapsody’s exclusive genres to dive into deep discovery of new, popular and editorially -curated music from your favorite genres.

Features:

  • Access to Rhapsody’s full Rhapsody catalog via searching and browsing
  • Access and updating member music libraries
  • Access to all of Rhapsody’s editorially programmed genre trees
  • Similar artists and albums
  • Essential content
  • Artist and album reviews
  • Full offline support for unlimited downloading of content and access while not connected to the Internet
  • Player features including a full screen player, integrated volume, AirPlay and Bluetooth support

What’s Next?

We are shooting to follow up with an update early in 2013, with some additional core features that did not make it for our v1 release:

  • Radio
  • Queue
  • Listening History

This is just the beginning.  More great things to come from the Rhapsody iOS team in 2013.

Cheers,

Brendan Walsh

Mobile Program Manager

Tips and Tricks – Have You Tried Rhapsody SongMatch?

We’ve all been there: You’re in a bar or driving down the highway. A song comes on that you absolutely love, but have no idea what it is. What do you do? Yes, there are “apps for that,” but do they allow you to hear the song in its entirety? Do they allow you to save it instantly to a playlist? Add it to your library? Do they provide you with loads of contextual info about the song so you can become an instant expert? Well guess what, there’s an app for that, and we built it! You’ve got to try Rhapsody SongMatch.


With Rhapsody SongMatch, we were able to marry on-demand music with song identification technology in one awesome app. What does this mean for you? We built the app on top of our on demand catalog so you can immediately start playing any song (or album) you match.


The app automatically stores all of your matches to a playlist in your Rhapsody account, meaning you can access the playlist anywhere and anytime you use Rhapsody.


You can swipe to explore information about every artist you match, including top tracks,


albums,

biographies and

similar artists!

Even cooler? You can do all of this without ever seeing an ad!

Best of all, the app is free for anyone to download and use. Only our members enjoy premium functionality (immediate playback, saving matches to a playlist) but anyone can use the app to match songs and discover info about artists. We also made it incredibly easy for anyone to sign up for a free Rhapsody trial from within the app so they can enjoy the full Rhapsody experience.

Right now the app is only available for Android phones but don’t worry iPhone users, an iOS version is in the works.

We’d also love to hear from you. In the settings tab you can find a link to a survey. Please take the survey and share your thoughts!

Stay tuned for more exciting products and features rolling out over the coming months!

Kevin Coleman
Product Manager
@kevfcoleman

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.