Rhapsody Going 4G With Verizon

Rhapsody announced that an enhanced version of its 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.

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