April 22, 2003 |
RealNetworks Inc., a founder of the struggling MusicNet online distribution service, announced Monday a $36-million deal to acquire a second online music company, Listen.com Inc. of San Francisco. Listen, which has raised and spent more than $100 million from investors to develop its Rhapsody music service, becomes the largest company in the fledgling industry to be swallowed up by a competitor.
February 13, 2003 |
Listen.com of San Francisco may have the songs, the technology and the distributors for a successful online music service, but it's still missing a key ingredient: the customers. While millions of consumers are downloading songs for free from unauthorized services, Listen and its label-sanctioned competitors have managed to attract only a fraction of that audience. To boost those numbers, Listen.
November 20, 2002 |
Gateway Inc., maker of personal computers, joined with online music service Listen.com Inc. on Tuesday to offer consumers subscriptions for downloading songs from the Internet. Gateway is shipping desktop PCs with software that enables them to subscribe to Listen.com for $9.95 a month. Customers can sample a selection of 250,000 songs and record selected tracks onto compact discs for 99 cents apiece.
October 24, 2002 |
Internet music distributor Listen.com of San Francisco said it reached deals with two major record companies that would let subscribers make permanent copies of some of the songs on Listen's online jukebox. The agreements with Vivendi Universal's Universal Music Group and AOL Time Warner's Warner Music Group add an important new dimension to Listen's service: For an additional fee, subscribers will be able to listen to some major-label songs when they are not connected to the Internet.
July 1, 2002 |
Alarmed by the sharp drop in CD sales and steady rise in Internet piracy, the major record companies finally are picking up the pace of their lumbering efforts to distribute songs online. In a milestone for the record industry, Listen.com today is expected to become the first online music service authorized to offer songs on demand from all five major record companies--something that a host of pirate services have been doing for years. Listen.
February 25, 2002 |
San Francisco-based Listen.com is expected to announce a licensing deal with Warner Music Group, enabling the company to provide four of the five major record companies' songs on demand online. Listen, which already had deals with EMI, BMG, Sony Music and 46 independent labels, offers subscribers genre-based radio and a personal online jukebox starting at $9.95 a month. Listen.com's Rhapsody is the only on-demand service with music from more than three major labels. * Jon Healy