Five Minutes was chosen as a strategic partner in developing mobile applications for the first subscription digital music service in the world, Rhapsody, which offers its services in Europe under the famous brand Napster. Rhapsody delivers unlimited access to a collection of over 20 million tracks to music enthusiasts that they can enjoy on their smartphones, tablets and computers for a monthly fee. Rhapsody took over Napster in 2011, the revolutionary service which gained its popularity back in 1999. Through Napster’s brand, Rhapsody is expanding its services in the growing and competitive music market in Europe.
In July this year Rhapsody expanded the Napster service to 15 European countries , and followed that up with deep integrations with many leading mobile carriers across Europe. One of the main growth drivers for Rhapsody and Napster’s expansion is the rapid growth of smartphone and tablet applications market. Rhapsody found a mobile development strategic partner in Five Minutes, a successful Croatian company that specializes in mobile applications development and which steered its business to the global market. Their top engineering team has years of experience in developing demanding mobile applications and server solutions for music distribution, and have proven their experience and expertise working on numerous projects in the U.S. and the global market. With offices in Zagreb, Osijek and New York, and plans for new recruiting, Five Minutes is one of the fastest growing IT companies in Croatia.
“We are addicted to music and have been betting on digital music streaming for a long time, waiting for the days when we will have a collection of million singles at our fingertips. Now we have the opportunity to create the new generation of such software,” said Luka Abrus, Five Minutes CEO. “Through this engineering center we will open new jobs and have the opportunity to hire some of the best Croatian engineers. We are extremely glad to be able to ensure that engineers can work from Zagreb and Osijek on global projects using cutting-edge technologies and reaching millions of customers.”
Through its partnerships with Five Minutes, Rhapsody has invested in improving the platform in order to reach even more subscribers and expand to other markets. In the past seven months, ten software developers and testers from Five Minutes have joined Rhapsody’s engineering team to develop Android and iOS mobile applications, and improve the existing platform used by more than one million subscribed users.
“Five Minutes is the perfect partner for us as we continue to drive forward with the premier on-demand music service mobile application” said Brian Ringer, Rhapsody Chief Technology Officer. “Their combination of great technical skills and passion for all things mobile and music has been the perfect addition to the growing Rhapsody engineering teams.”
Currently available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the Netherlands, Napster provides an extensive music collection of local and international musicians with a simple and flexible way of listening and finding music. The service is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android smartphones and tablets as well as PC and living room devices, with Napster’s music experts ensuring an offer of interesting playlists, prominent musicians and editorial content through a music guide that helps users discover new music.
Rhapsody International is parent company of leading streaming music services, Rhapsody and Napster. Initially launched in December 2001, Rhapsody is the original streaming music service that gives members unlimited on-demand access to more than 20 million songs, whether they’re listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. In December 2011, Rhapsody International acquired Napster International. Rhapsody International is headquartered in Seattle, with offices across the U.S. and Europe. Rhapsody and the Rhapsody logo are registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc. Follow @Rhapsody on Twitter and keep up with the latest on the Rhapsody Facebook page.
We recently accepted the NYC BigApps 3.0 challenge organized by the City of New York and applied for its competition. The challenge was to enhance New Yorkers’ everyday life by finding a better use for city’s raw data sets available online. Our candidate on the competition was Lend a hand!, an Android application that makes it easier for people to browse open volunteering positions throughout the city and apply to them.
If you own a TV, I’m sure that at some point you found yourself wishing it was loaded with software. Despite of a less enjoyable visual experience, our smartphones are already loaded with all kinds of apps. So what’s the hold up in the TV department?
This week Rovinj is welcoming 11th Microsoft’s WinDays conference with focus set on cloud technologies. With more than 150 sessions and 1.500+ atendees this is by far the biggest Microsoft event in the region. Five Minutes team was invited to present and share our experiences with HTML5, Internet Explorer 9, and other browsers.
One of my favorites services Last.fm started to compensate artists. If this works out and I don’t see why it should not, it would be the greatest thing ever happened in music :). After Punk of course :)
Imagine that bands can avoid labels completely. On Last.fm they have it all. Promotion, distribution, sales…
When I was a teenager I was listening music mostly form independent labels. We were putting money in envelopes with list of albums I want to buy and guys would send me back packages. And these days you just buy your music from Last.fm directly from artist. Nice :)
Other nice post from Seth Godin on Amazon kindle explains how the costs of music and books can dramatically be lowered this way. Also he predicts great future for Amazon Kindle and I agree with that. I think that Kindle is great device. It is not so hyped as iTunes or iPhone but it is definitely not a geek device with limited market as iPhone.
So conclusion. Books and music cheap and at any place. Isn’t that great. When I remember that I had to wait for two weeks to get Nirvana album on a tape:)
And it is a nice way to make publishers run out of their business :)