The company said it also has secured licensing agreements from Alligator Records, Bar/None Records, Bloodshot Records, Eighteenth Street Lounge Music and Om Records, among others. Listen.com has been gravitating from its music portal for consumers to a service that syndicates Net radio and music classifications to other Web sites and offline businesses. The company expects to license Rhapsody to its distribution partners. --Gwendolyn Mariano, Special to ZDNet News
Online music service provider Listen.com said it has struck licensing deals from a host of independent labels including Monarch Records and Heyday Records. Under the agreements, the company will be able to offer songs from these labels on its new digital-music subscription service, dubbed Rhapsody. Listen.com said Rhapsody, which is expected to launch this fall, will offer songs from artists such as 10,000 Maniacs, the Rembrandts and Duke Ellington.