LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Rhapsody® today announced that an enhanced version of its award-winning premium, on-demand subscription music service will soon be available on select 4G smartphones on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.
Verizon Wireless customers with select 4G smartphones will have exclusive access to Rhapsody’s 4G app, which features high bitrate 192 AAC kbps and faster downloads – 10 songs in about 30 seconds. The app also includes Rhapsody TV, which comes with Rhapsody Originals, concerts produced by Rhapsody, and interviews with artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and My Chemical Romance.
“Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network allows Rhapsody to push the capabilities of our Android app and create an optimal listening experience on mobile,” said Mark Keeney, head of marketing, Rhapsody. “Working with Verizon Wireless on the first 4G LTE network provided a fantastic opportunity to showcase the speed with which one can navigate, play and download a catalog of 10.6 million songs and access Rhapsody’s exclusive, premium content anywhere they go.”
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Consumer devices with a wide range of applications are expected to be available later this year. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.
More details about Rhapsody will be available during CES in Verizon Wireless’ booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center). For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte. For more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
The Rhapsody® digital music service (www.rhapsody.com) gives subscribers unlimited on-demand access to more than ten million songs, whether they’re listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. Rhapsody allows subscribers to access their music through more touch-points than any other digital music service, including mobile phones from Verizon Wireless, through Rhapsody applications on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, RIM BlackBerry and Android mobile platform as well as through devices from Vizio, SanDisk, HP, Sonos and Philips. Rhapsody, and the Rhapsody logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc.