Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 1:15pm
Leading music subscription services are ramping up their global expansions.
GigaOm reports Rhapsody will launch in 16 additional European countries in the first half of this year (but didn't mention which). This is the first "proper international launch" for Rhapsody, which is in the UK and Germany by way of acquiring Napster, (the brand under which it operates in those nations).
Meanwhile, Rhapsody competitors Spotify and Rdio are both rumored to be entering the Japanese market in the coming months. Sony's Music Unlimited is currently Japanese music subscribers' only option. Spotify is in 20 countries worldwide, Rdio in 17.
Read more on the Rhapsody news in GigaOm here; more on Spotify and Rdio in Japan Daily Press here.