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Yahoo Music
Type of site
Internet radio, Digital music store, Music streaming service, Media player software
Available in Multilingual
RegistrationOptional (required for most)
Current statusDefunct (merged into Yahoo!)
Previous Yahoo! Music logo used until 2013.

Yahoo! Music was a brand under which Yahoo! provided music services including Internet radio, a digital music store, music streaming service, media player software, and original programming.


Yahoo! Music Radio

In June 2001, after the bursting of the dot-com bubble, Yahoo! acquired LAUNCH Media, which was facing financial difficulty, for $12 million. [1] [2] [3] In addition to a website with music news and videos, it provided an Internet radio service that allowed users to create personalized Internet radio stations by rating songs selected by a recommender system. Users were also able to listen to music from 150 preset Internet radio stations. The service offered both an advertising supported free version and a subscription fee-based premium version. [4] At the time of the acquisition by Yahoo!, the service had 7.4 million users. [5]

In December 2008, the service was integrated into CBS Radio due to a rise in royalty rates, with CBS taking full control of the service, including advertising and sales and adding compatibility with Firefox and Safari. [6] [7] [8] [9]

The service was integrated into iHeartRadio in June 2012, providing listeners exclusive access to music events such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival. [10] The service was shut down in early 2014 without any announcement.

Musicmatch Jukebox

On September 14, 2004, Yahoo acquired Musicmatch Jukebox for $160 million. However, the service was not integrated well, instead stagnating. [11]

Yahoo! Music Unlimited

In May 2005, Yahoo Music launched Yahoo! Music Unlimited, a music streaming service and digital music store. [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] Users paid a subscription fee to access a library of over two million songs which could be either streamed or downloaded as DRM'd Windows Media Audio files and played from a computer in near CD quality sound. Subscribers could also download songs for transfer to CD or supported portable devices with an additional per-song payment. Yahoo! Music Jukebox was the software used for the service. The service required an active Internet connection. It was discontinued on September 30, 2008. [17] [18] The service was praised for its music quality, interface, and cheaper price than competitors. [19] [20]


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  2. ^ Hu, Jim. "Yahoo thinks entertainment with Launch buy". CNET.
  3. ^ King, Brad (June 28, 2001). "Yahoo Launches Into Web Music". Wired.
  4. ^ Williams, Martyn (January 29, 2003). "Report: Yahoo to launch subscription music service". Computerworld.
  5. ^ Flynn, Laurie J. (June 29, 2001). "Internet: Yahoo Buys A Music Service". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Liedtke, Michael (December 3, 2008). "Rising royalties send Yahoo's Launchcast to CBS". NBC News.
  7. ^ Reisinger, Don (December 3, 2008). "Yahoo hands Launchcast to CBS Radio". CNET.
  8. ^ Bachman, Katy (December 3, 2008). "CBS to Power Yahoo's LaunchCast". AdWeek.
  9. ^ Arrington, Michael (December 3, 2008). "Yahoo To Relaunch Launchcast Next Year With CBS Radio". TechCrunch.
  10. ^ Gardner, Eriq (June 27, 2012). "Yahoo and Clear Channel Forge Digital Radio Partnership". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (July 11, 2007). "Why Did Yahoo Pay $160 Million for Musicmatch?". Wired.
  12. ^ "Yahoo! Soft Launches New Music Service". Billboard. May 10, 2005.
  13. ^ Bangeman, Eric (May 11, 2005). "Yahoo enters digital music fray". Ars Technica.
  14. ^ Healey, Jon (May 11, 2005). "Yahoo Offers Subscription Service for Online Music". Los Angeles Times.
  15. ^ Contreras, Felix (May 12, 2005). "Yahoo Announces Music Download Service". NPR.
  16. ^ Kim, James (August 18, 2005). "Yahoo Music Unlimited officially live". CNET.
  17. ^ "Yahoo Not Only Shutting Music Store, But Orphaning DRM Buyers". CBS News. July 27, 2008.
  18. ^ Sorrel, Charlie (July 25, 2008). "So Long, And Thanks for All the Cash: Yahoo Shuts Down Music Store and DRM Servers". Wired.
  19. ^ Meier, Josh (May 28, 2005). "Software Review: Yahoo Music Unlimited!". Ars Technica.
  20. ^ Dreier, Troy (February 21, 2007). "Yahoo! Music Unlimited". PCMag.