Case Study: is a leading online music company that develops and distributes RHAPSODY, a digital music service. Launched in 2001, RHAPSODY gives consumers unlimited access to the world’s largest library of music via the PC and network-connected home entertainment components today and on wireless devices in the future.

RHAPSODY combines on-demand music, CD burning, customized and professionally programmed Internet radio, and engaging music information and editorial recommendations.

In August 2003, became a subsidiary of RealNetworks, Inc., the global leader in digital media services and software for consumers and businesses. [Source:]

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