Home > Uncategorized > Rhapsody Finally Acknowledges the Existence of iPods

Rhapsody Finally Acknowledges the Existence of iPods

RealNetworks’ digital music service, Rhapsody, has finally acknowledged that the iPod exists. They launched their new MP3 music download service yesterday, and the songs can now be used with iTunes and iPods. Downloads are .99 cents, and many albums are available for $9.99. All downloads are DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on copying the files to a different computer and playing them.

Rhapsody has been a subscription download service up to this point, charging $13 to $15 a month for unlimited song streaming. Under this plan there was no way for users to load music on their iPods.

Apparently, an executive at RealNetworks looked up “iPod” on Wikipedia and discovered that Apple has sold over 140 million of them since their launch in October 2001. The iPod makes up about 70% of the digital player market.

After pondering this data for about 5 minutes, Rhapsody Vice President Neil Smith said, “We’re no longer competing with the iPod; we’re embracing it.”

Uh, yeah. Good call, Neil. Here’s a tip: when you see the graphs curving upward, then you know that there is an increase trend. This iPod chart may have helped you a few years ago:

Neil's iPod Sales Chart

Better late than never, I suppose.


  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: