Having been overtaken by Spotify and possibly Muve Music in its home market of the US for subscribers, Rhapsody is planning a fightback in 2013. CEO Jon Irwin tells GigaOm that the company is ready to kickstart its global expansion plans, launching in 16 new European countries in the second quarter of the year. This will complement the presence of its Napster sub-brand in the UK and Germany, although the interview doesn’t say whether those countries will get a Rhapsody rebrand as part of the moves. In fact, there are precious few details on which markets will be getting Rhapsody, and at what price. We’d expect more details to be forthcoming in the next few weeks, as Rhapsody gears up for a global battle with Spotify, Deezer and (in the longer term) Daisy in the subscription space.

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