The Rhapsody “all you can eat” subscription music service keeps going from strength to strength.
At CES this week Real Networks announced a partnership with Philips that will see the service emebedded in a number of new Internet enabled radio systems.
This is a bold move and it means you no longer need a PC active on your network in order to access your Rhapsody account. I’m seriously thinking about buying one, as I hate having to power my PC to enjoy my music via Rhapsody on my Roku Soundbridge. Dollar for dollar this may be the best option.
LAS VEGAS–Dutch electronics group Philips is forming an alliance with digital media company RealNetworks to offer online music using Philips’ music players, the two companies said Sunday.
Philips, which is redefining its consumer businesses as a broad “lifestyle” company, said it would start selling portable and home audio devices compatible with the Rhapsody subscription service early this year.
I’ve said for months that Zonbu needs something unique to differentiate it’s service from the other low cost offerings. At least in the US market, Rhapsody would be an ideal “network centric” partner and music is a key driver of technology adoption.
Of course if Zonbu don’t move quickly I expect you’ll see Asus and their EEE PC move to incorporate something like the Debian based Rhapsody client that was developed to the Nokia N800 series. Time is ticking.
You can read the full post on CNET here: http://www.news.com/Philips-partners-with-Rhapsody-for-digital-music/2100-1027_3-6224769.html?tag=nefd.top
More on the Streamium here: http://ces.cnet.com/8301-13855_1-9842103-67.html?tag=head