TiVo and RealNetworks have made an agreement that will allow TiVo subscribers to listen to songs from the Rhapsody digital music service on their televisions. Both services require a monthly subscription fee of around $13 (E9.2) a month, but TiVo subscribers will receive a free one-month trial of Rhapsody. Consumers will be able to search for music directly on their TV, browse charts of Rhapsody’s most popular artist or tunes, or listen to thousands of radio channels.
Michael Bloom, Rhapsody general manager said the deal will help expand the market for consumers of digital music. “The big thrust for us is to try to expand the pie, bring digital music to more consumers. CD sales have been in rapid decline. This is one of the ways that we are going to help in that regard.”