Deal with LyricFind Adds Free Searchable Lyrics to over 200,000 songs from Both Major and Independent Music Publishers
SEATTLE AND TORONTO – July 9, 2007 – RealNetworks®, Inc. and LyricFind, Inc. today announced the launch of searchable lyrics on Rhapsody® Online, the web-based version of RealNetworks’ award-winning Rhapsody digital music service. Music lovers can now access lyrics to hundreds of thousands of songs from every genre through www.rhapsody.com. The launch of this robust lyrics feature makes Rhapsody Online the only website offering consumers complete and accurate lyrics alongside free playback of full songs on-demand.
“Lyrics are a tremendously popular and vital component to creating a complete online music experience for consumers,” said Darryl Ballantyne, LyricFind’s president & CEO. “We are thrilled to be working with RealNetworks to deliver this safe, legal and free way for music fans to find and enjoy the content they’re looking for with Rhapsody Online.”
Rhapsody Online’s lyrics are provided through LyricFind’s continually growing database of licensed content from a stable of over 1,800 major and independent music publishers that includes EMI Music Publishing, BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Famous Music and Cherry Lane Music among others. Music fans can search for lyrics by artist name, song title and phrases, making it simple to find songs knowing just a snippet of the chorus.
Additionally, every lyrics page within Rhapsody Online has been optimized to be recognized and indexed by the major search engines. This optimization greatly increases the opportunity for consumers to find lyrics and other music-related content on Rhapsody Online through their personal web searches.
“Millions of people every day are using the Internet to enjoy music and to find out more about their favorite artists and songs,” said Jason Milstead, general manager, Rhapsody Online. “Partnering with leading content providers like LyricFind enables us to capture a growing percentage of those music fans by offering the most comprehensive music experience anywhere online.”
Since its launch in late 2005, Rhapsody Online has become one of the most popular online music destinations. The site attracted over 6.7 million unique users in May 2007 alone, as measured by Nielsen//NetRatings NetView, May 2007 (excluding Internet applications). Rhapsody Online gives music fans unlimited access to the service’s over 3.5 million songs on their Mac or PC using the Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari web browsers. Consumers can play back up to 25 full-length songs on-demand for free every month and have unlimited access to 25 professionally programmed Internet radio stations. To enjoy highly personalized, unlimited access to Rhapsody’s entire catalog and set of features, consumers can also subscribe to Rhapsody Unlimited for $12.99 per month via www.rhapsody.com.
RealNetworks pioneered the unlimited access music service model, and currently leads the market for those services with more than 2.675 million subscribers for Rhapsody and its other premium music services. Since launching in 2001, Rhapsody has received multiple industry awards and honors. In 2006, PC World honored Rhapsody with a 2006 World Class Award in its annual list of “100 Best Products.” And in November 2006 Rhapsody earned “Best Downloadable or Subscription Music Service” honors at the Digital Entertainment Media and Marketing Excellence (DEMMX) Awards presented by Billboard magazine.
RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody®, RealPlayer®, RealPlayer® 10, and casual PC and mobile games. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks’ products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. Consumers can access and experience audio/video programming and download RealNetworks’ consumer software at http://www.real.com. RealNetworks’ systems and corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com.
LyricFind is the world’s leader in digital lyric licensing, with licensing agreements from over 1,800 top level publishers, including standouts such as EMI, BMG, and Universal. Through these agreements, LyricFind provides lyrics search and display services for all types of digital use, including web display, subscription, downloads, mobile, and device licensing. LyricFind has spent years developing both the licensing and content, resulting in the most complete and accurate database of lyrics in the world. Since all LyricFind does is lyrics, clients can be sure they’re dealing with a company that is focused, dedicated, and directed solely towards providing the top-notch service, content, and devotion they demand and deserve. To customers small, big, and huge — we make lyrics work. For more information about LyricFind and our services, please visit our web site at http://www.lyricfind.com, or call (323)275-1163.