Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope
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Rhapsody is a digital music service providing an expansive downloadable library of over 13 million songs. Rhapsody allows subscribers to listen to music on their computer, phone, TV, DVR (digital video recorder) system, portable music players, and over 70 other electronic devices. Subscribers can even create radio stations with music available on Rhapsody.

Historical information

Rhapsody was originally launched in December 2001 and was the first subscriber-based streaming digital music service to offer access to a complete music library. Rhapsody's library was originally composed mostly of music from Naxos Records, with several independent labels. Shortly after launch, they added music from EMI, BMG, Warner Bros. Records, and Sony to their music library. In 2002, they rounded out their library offerings with music from Universal Records.

On April 21, 2003, RealNetworks announced plans to purchase Listen.com, which was completed later that year. The company later spun off Rhapsody as its own company in 2010.

On October 3, 2011, Rhapsody announced it would acquire Napster, which was completed later that year. On July 14, 2016, Rhapsody was rebranded as Napster.

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