Listen.com, a San Francisco-based online music company that develops and distributes the popular Rhapsody music
subscription service, and Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, havae entered into a non-exclusive agreement that will enable Rhapsody subscribers in the United States to burn more than 40,000 individual tracks from UMG's digital catalog of titles.
Starting October 28, music fans that subscribe to Rhapsody's "All Access" plan can quickly and conveniently burn tracks on-demand for 99 cents each. Using Rhapsody's CD burning software, subscribers can create CDs that can be played in any standard CD player.
"Since we first launched Rhapsody, our subscribers have asked for greater flexibility to burn their favorite music," said Sean Ryan, CEO for Listen.com. "Today's agreement helps us address that demand by enabling subscribers to burn tens of thousands of tracks from UMG's chart-topping artists. It's an important step forward in giving our subscribers more freedom to enjoy digital music away from their PC."
"Universal Music Group is committed to giving consumers more choice in how they access UMG's catalog of music," said Larry Kenswil, president, Universal Music Group eLabs. "Rhapsody gives music fans a legitimate and engaging outlet for enjoying and exploring the music they love, while respecting artists' rights."