RealNetworks Closes Deal; Battle Begins


RealNetworks has closed the acquisition, dumped the brand and is sticking with Rhapsody to carry the day forward…the music service will now be called RealOne Rhapsody.

It will be launching an a la carte download service by the end of of this year, adding to its online radio and subscription offerings. Don’t expect low-ball prices, like a promotional offering of 50-cent music downloads, out of Real, unless the download is of an independent music artist. Instead RealNetworks plans to compete on service and options.

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