iLike Debuts Full-Song Playback, with a Catch

iLike, a social music discovery service, is celebrating it has surpassed 30 million registered users today by offering a new feature: full-length song playback via Rhapsody.

iLike, a social music discovery service, is celebrating it has surpassed 30 million registered users today by offering a new feature: full-length song playback via Rhapsody.

Now here's the catch. iLike said only its users who also happen to subscribe to Rhapsody's Unlimited music service will be able to listen to unlimited playbacks of streams. All non-Rhapsody subscribers only get a measly 25 playbacks per month. The other option if you choose not to sign up is to listen to 30 second song samples. To me this offer is akin to offering a panting dog a taste of water instead of giving it the whole bowl to drink.

Of course the offer sounded too good to be true.

In addition to supporting full-song playback iLike said its service will soon be available on its Facebook music application.

As part of iLike's deal with artists and music labels it royalties will be paid each time their music is played via "Rhapsody's existing agreements." With 30 million members that could add up for music industry.

Now all you have to is get your garage band onto iLike and you'll be set to graduate to your living room.

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