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NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO - Verizon Online DSL customers now can enjoy Rhapsody, an online music subscription service that offers the world's largest library of digital music. For less than $10 a month, Verizon Online DSL customers can subscribe to Rhapsody, which is powered by Listen.com.
Rhapsody is the only digital music service to give consumers access to recordings from all five major music companies -- BMG, EMI Recorded Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group -- as well as music from more than 85 independent labels.
"Now our customers can create custom playlists so they can enjoy all their favorite artists whenever they want," said John Wimsatt, vice president - Marketing, Verizon Advanced Services. "It's like having a jukebox right in your PC."
Rhapsody subscribers enjoy unlimited online access to more than 240,000 tracks from top artists and more than 18,000 CD-quality albums. Also, they can listen to one of the service's professionally programmed Internet radio stations or be their own DJ by building a customized Internet radio station with music from up to ten of their favorite artists. Additionally, Rhapsody subscribers can share musical discoveries with a wider community of friends by building and sharing playlists of their favorite songs.
As a special introductory offer, Verizon Online is offering a free month of Rhapsody to customers who sign up by Oct. 31.
"DSL customers are ideally equipped to enjoy Rhapsody because their broadband connection gives them greater speed and convenience," said Sean Ryan, president and chief executive officer of Listen.com. "Rhapsody provides unlimited access to a compelling service with thousands of albums and artists from every genre of music."
Verizon Online DSL customers can find information about the service and sign up for a subscription by visiting http://dsllive.verizon.net.
Verizon has more than 1.5 million DSL lines in service in 27 states and the District of Columbia.
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 135.1 million access line equivalents and 30.3 million Verizon Wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. With more than $67 billion in annual revenues and approximately 241,000 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.
Listen.com is a leading online music company that develops and distributes Rhapsody, a digital music subscription service. Launched in 2001, Rhapsody gives consumers unlimited access to a vast library of music on the PC and via home networks and Net-connected home stereo systems today, and on wireless devices in the future. Rhapsody combines the world's largest legal collection of on-demand music, customized and professionally programmed Internet radio, and engaging music information and editorial recommendations.
Listen.com distributes Rhapsody through a wide variety of distribution partners, including online media and entertainment companies, ISPs, and record labels. Rhapsody is available through Listen.com and a network of companies that offer co-branded versions of the service, including Audiogalaxy, Charter Communications, DIRECTV Broadband, DownBeat, JamBase, Lycos, Naxos of America, Time Warner Cable's Road Runner high-speed ISP, Sony's Musiclub, Speakeasy and Verizon Online. Founded in 1998, Listen.com is based in San Francisco. Visit www.listen.com for more information.
Listen.com, the Listen.com logo and RHAPSODY are trademarks of Listen.com, Inc. All other company names are the property of their respective owners.