With predictions that RealNetworks is looking to offload its Rhapsody subscription music service this year, CNET has some mischievous speculation about who might buy a business that’s losing both money and subscribers year-on-year, while tied into an agreement to spend $200 million advertising with partner MTV. CNET suggests that MTV may be going cold on the venture too, and suggests instead that Apple or Google could step in. “Apple could combine Rhapsody’s technology with iTunes and its recent acquisition of Lala to give consumers ultimate flexibility in how they buy and consume music on their iPhones and iPod Touches… Google could use Rhapsody, which is already available for Android phones, to improve Android’s not-so-great music story – imagine it as a sort of turnkey answer to the iTunes Music Store.”
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