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"Listen recognizes that consumers want to take some of their music with them, and our agreements with NTI and Naxos are important first steps toward meeting those needs."
——Listen CEO Sean Ryan
LISTEN FEELS THE BURN
Rhapsody Service to Allow Limited CD-Burning, Starting With Naxos Classical
Don’t get too mad at that punk kid burning a CD—he just might be paying for the music, and that music just might be a Cantata.

Listen.com’s Rhapsody streaming subscription service will announce today that it has pacted with New Tech Infosystems (NTI) to allow users who pay for a "CD-burning package" to transfer some tracks directly to disc.

Of course, for that to happen, content providers have to offer a "burning license," which isn’t nearly as sexy as it sounds.

Then again, neither is Naxos Classical, the Rhapsody partner that’s already allowing the service’s members access to its 2,500 titles and 10,000 works. What works, you ask? Why, meandering harpsichord jams, symphonies that tell you with what key they’re in with their titles and concertos that make the most pompous, protracted prog-rock opus look pithy by comparison—almost all of it created by men in powdered wigs.

Anyhoo, Naxos has granted Rhapsody its first burning license, which means subscribers who’ve been broadcasting their snobbery around the office by blaring the Bach, can now burn those excruciating, centuries-old orchestral noodlings onto a shiny disc to play in their cars. That way, they can inflict their classical gasbaggery on other motorists.

Of course, the burning agreement allows for a "window" between a new title’s street date and its availability for transfer to CD via the service. Hey, you’ll wanna head down to the store when a new Viennese recording of mid-period Scarlatti hits the racks anyway—that’s where all the chicks are gonna be.

Listen says it’s in talks with other content partners for similar licenses.

NTI, a competitor of Roxio, which has partnered with VU/Sony-backed Pressplay, has technology that it claims will allow Rhapsodizers to burn at ultra-high speeds, depending on their CD-writers.

"Listen recognizes that consumers want to take some of their music with them, and our agreements with NTI and Naxos are important first steps toward meeting those needs," declared Listen CEO Sean Ryan.

After approving this quote, Ryan retreated to the serenity of Ace of Spades by Motorhead.

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