Ex.fm and Soundtracking teams join Rhapsody


Music subscription service Rhapsody has nabbed the teams behind the two music discovery startups Ex.fm and Soundtracking in two separate acqui-hire type transactions.

Ex.fm had shut down late last year, only to reemerge soon after and then once again announce that it was shutting down in May. On Monday, its team announced the acquisition on its blog Monday, writing in part:

“By teaming up, we can build the ultimate music service with an amazing social discovery engine backed by Rhapsody’s catalog of over 30 million songs. The idea of combining the best of Exfm with the best of Rhapsody has us all extremely excited! For the next few months, we will be heads down working. When we resurface, we are sure you will love what we have built. We’ve got some pretty amazing plans for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and the Web.”

And a Rhapsody spokesperson sent me the following statement:

“The exfm team have done a great job of helping people discover more music to enjoy across the web. We’re thrilled to have them join Rhapsody, and put that product, design and technology expertise to work on the things we’re building here. Together, we’ll help music fans explore, play and love more music.”

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