Digital Updates

 

Rhapsody has surpassed the one million paying subscribers milestone. The service streams more than 10 million songs per day.

It’s been a big year for Rhapsody, which celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month, acquired Napster in November, and launched a social music experience in September.

Rhapsody is available on 60+ mobile devices, and 2011 was the first year that a majority of the playback came on devices other than home computers.

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Four albums have sold more than one million digital copies:
Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
Eminem, Recovery
Adele, 21
Lady Gaga, Fame

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One in four consumers plan to give gift cards that can be used for digital music purchases this season, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. One in five consumers plans to give a gift card that can be used for electronic book purchases, and 16 percent for app purchases.

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