Rhapsody is launching a $50 million marketing assault on Apple's iTunes, offering songs online and via partners including Yahoo and Verizon Wireless, Rhapsody said on Monday.
The songs will be sold in MP3 format, which means users of the
Rhapsody service will be able to play them on iPods.
Before now Rhapsody had focused on a subscription service,
allowing unlimited song streaming for $13 to $15 a month,
rather than selling downloads.
But Rhapsody Vice President Neil Smith said the fact the
service has not been compatible with Apple's top-selling iPod
digital player has limited Rhapsody's reach.
Rhapsody will be available on mobile phones via the Verizon
Wireless VCAST Music service. Buyers of a song over-the-air
directly from phones also will be able to download that song to