Rolling Stones Exclusive To RealNetworks' Rhapsody DMS This Summer

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The Rolling Stones' Music Available in Legitimate Digital Format for First Time Via RealNetworks' Rhapsody and Best Buy Exclusive

With Exclusive Digital Access to the Stones' EMI/Virgin Catalog



RealNetworks' RHAPSODY Service to Offer The Rolling Stones' EMI/Virgin Records

Discography in Digital Format Through Exclusive Retail Agreement with Best Buy



SEATTLE, NEW YORK and MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The

Rolling Stones' catalog of historic recordings for EMI Music's Virgin Records

will be available in legitimate digital format for the first time ever,

marking a major step forward for the online music market. RealNetworks(R),

Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY), and EMI Music today

announced that The Rolling Stones' works on EMI's Virgin Records -- such as

Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, and Some Girls -- will be available to

consumers through the award-winning RHAPSODY digital music service for an

exclusive time this summer, offered through a free trial at all U.S. Best Buy

stores. Today marks the first time that The Rolling Stones' albums have ever

been available through a legal online music service.

Coinciding with today's news, Best Buy and RealNetworks announced that

RHAPSODY subscriptions now are available at Best Buy store locations

nationwide. Best Buy, North America's largest consumer electronics retailer,

is the exclusive brick and mortar retailer offering subscriptions to RHAPSODY

during The Rolling Stones exclusive period. Best Buy is bringing RHAPSODY to

customers through interactive kiosks in more than 560 retail stores. Consumers

now have the convenience of signing up for a 14-day free RHAPSODY trial within

a Best Buy store, as well as through the Company's Web site, http://www.bestbuy.com.

The Rolling Stones' EMI Music/Virgin Records recordings are available for

streaming and for purchase as individual tracks exclusively through RHAPSODY

through the end of August, after which time they will remain a key element of

the RHAPSODY permanent repertoire. Music being made available initially

includes 18 classic albums -- ranging from Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main

Street to Bridges to Babylon and Steel Wheels -- and hundreds of individual

tracks released by the band since 1971, including 200 timeless Rolling Stones

songs from the EMI/Virgin catalog, including "Start Me Up," "Beast of Burden,"

"Angie" and "Brown Sugar," with the flexibility to stream or to burn copies

for personal use.

After the exclusive period ends in early September, The Rolling Stones'

EMI/Virgin catalog will be made available to other legal online music sites

through EMI's Digital Distribution programs.

"We're thrilled that RHAPSODY is the first stop for these timeless rock

recordings. Now, Rolling Stones fans can finally get what they want -- and

today they can get it only through RHAPSODY," said Rob Glaser, chief executive

officer, RealNetworks, Inc. "We're also excited about today's announcement of

RealNetworks' relationship with Best Buy, which will place RHAPSODY with the

country's #1 consumer electronics retailer as a perfect back-to-school gift

for students, and well in time for the holiday shopping season."

"This is a tremendous step forward in EMI's very aggressive push to expand

and improve legitimate digital music services," said David Munns, chairman and

CEO of EMI Music North America. "We're pleased that music fans will be able to

listen to and buy The Rolling Stones' EMI catalog through RHAPSODY, and also

delighted in Best Buy's participation nationwide, as it reinforces the growing

popularity of digital as a format consumers want to buy."

"Best Buy has always been a leader in finding innovative ways to meet

customers' entertainment needs, and RHAPSODY is an exciting example of how we

do it," said Gary Arnold, senior vice president of entertainment for Best Buy.

"Being able to offer RHAPSODY and digital access to The Rolling Stones catalog

in all of our U.S. stores and on our Web site is an incredible way for us to

demonstrate to our customers all the great possibilities that digital music

holds."

The Rolling Stones catalog on EMI/Virgin Records is available to consumers

at retail store locations exclusively through Best Buy, and online through

RealNetworks (available at: http://www.realone.com), and RHAPSODY's network of more

than 15 online distributors, including Audiogalaxy, Cablevision Systems

Corporation's Optimum Online(R), Charter Communications, Down Beat, Gateway,

JamBase.com, Lycos, RCN Corporation, Sony's Musiclub, Speakeasy, Sprint, and

Verizon Online.

As part of this launch, Best Buy is also promoting The Rolling Stones' CDs

by offering a 10 percent discount on The Rolling Stones' entire EMI catalog of

titles. This promotion will run from August 24 through August 31 for in-store

purchases only.



About EMI Music

EMI Music is the world's largest independent record company, operating in

nearly 50 countries around the world. Its record labels include Angel,

Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, EMI, EMI Classics, Manhattan, Mute,

Parlophone and Virgin.



About Best Buy Co., Inc.

Minneapolis-based Best Buy Co., Inc. is North America's leading specialty

retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software

and appliances. The Company's subsidiaries operate retail stores and/or Web

sites under the names: Best Buy (BestBuy.com), Future Shop (FutureShop.ca),

Geek Squad (GeekSquad.com), and Magnolia Hi-Fi (MagnoliaHiFi.com). The

Company's subsidiaries reach consumers through nearly 700 retail stores in the

United States and Canada.



About RealNetworks

RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading global provider of network-delivered

digital audio and video services and the creator of the technology that

enables digital media creation, distribution and consumption. Consumers use

RealNetworks' RealOne Player and our content subscription services to create

and play free and premium digital content. Broadcasters, network operators,

media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to

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 .



Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,228member
    Anyone who likes the RS already has their albums.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    It will be available on other services including iTMS on September 2.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hmurchison

    Anyone who likes the RS already has their albums.



    I know I do!
  • Reply 4 of 7
    macsrgood4umacsrgood4u Posts: 3,007member
    One site reports that the Stones catalogue will be available for streaming only, not burning to CD at Rhapsody whereas iTMS will have all the regular options. Anyone have any more info?
  • Reply 5 of 7
    jlljll Posts: 2,709member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MacsRGood4U

    One site reports that the Stones catalogue will be available for streaming only, not burning to CD at Rhapsody whereas iTMS will have all the regular options. Anyone have any more info?



    " The Stones' works prior to 1971 were recorded for Abkco Records, and thus are available only for streaming through Rhapsody, as opposed to downloading and burning."
  • Reply 6 of 7
    kelibkelib Posts: 740member
    You can read all about it here
  • Reply 7 of 7
    I swear they weren't there on Tuesday but they are now. 18 albums from the Stones are now on iTMS. About half creep above the $9.99 per album price.
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