|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out of date information. (September 2012)|
|Type of site||Online music, Media player|
|Registration||Optional (required for most)|
Yahoo Music, owned by Yahoo, is the provider of a variety of music services, including Internet radio, music videos, news, artist information, and original programming. Previously, users with Yahoo accounts can gain access to hundreds of thousands of songs sorted by artist, album, song and genre.
Yahoo Music began as "LAUNCH", a website and magazine produced by LAUNCH Media which Yahoo acquired for US$12 million in 2001. LAUNCH was later rebranded as "Yahoo Music", then simply "Y! Music" in February 2005. LAUNCH's LAUNCHcast Internet radio and music video offerings were integrated into Yahoo's site along with artist profiles containing an extensive selection of music and biographical information.
Yahoo Music was the number one online music site in terms of audience reach and total time spent in March 2007.
Sometime in early 2013, Yahoo Music has deleted its entire database of artists, and their albums & songs as well as the users' ratings. However, music videos continue to be accessible.
Yahoo Music offers a variety of products, including:
- Yahoo! Music Radio (formerly LAUNCHcast) (Content provided by iHeartRadio) and LAUNCHcast Plus Internet radio (No Longer offered beginning Feb. 2009)
- Yahoo Music Jukebox
- Yahoo Music Unlimited subscription streaming and download service
- Live Sets – Exclusive video concerts from A-list artists
- Who's Next – Listeners vote on emerging artists
- Pepsi Smash on Yahoo Music – Exclusive video interviews, performances, and reality segments
- Artist profiles, music videos and lyrics
- Official Grammy Awards coverage
In 2001, Yahoo purchased LAUNCH Media, makers of the LAUNCHcast Internet radio service. On September 14, 2004, Yahoo purchased Musicmatch, Inc., makers of the Musicmatch Jukebox software. As of Musicmatch 10.1, Yahoo has rebranded Musicmatch Jukebox as Yahoo Music Musicmatch Jukebox, and integrated it with the Yahoo Music Engine store. The main difference is the branding and physical program. In 2005, Yahoo Music became the first major online music service to provide a $5 per month unlimited download service similar to the Open Music Model, albeit with digital rights management, called Yahoo Music Unlimited. In 2008, Yahoo announced that Yahoo Music Unlimited will be merged into Rhapsody. This merge was completed with the shutdown of Yahoo Music Unlimited on September 30, 2008.
In 2011, Yahoo Music became the main CBS Radio player, with AOL Radio switching to Slacker Radio.
Yahoo Music provides officially licensed lyrics.
- Local stations are limited to affiliates within iHeartRadio's platform.
- Customization is limited to favorite artist or song. However, it can be built using the Thumbs Up/Down rating tool.
- No play-on-demand, playback, rewind, or fast-forward.
- Commercial interruptions every hour or half hour on live stations.
- A maximum of six skips per hour per customized station. Refreshing or reloading the player, as well as changing the station, will use a skip.
- Banner ads, which cannot be blocked.
- As of 2012, there is no premium service to remove skip limits or ads.
Under LAUNCHcast for regular/free accounts
- Listeners are limited to Low/Medium audio quality ("Standard" since late 2007).
- On pre-programmed stations, listeners are allowed 5 skips an hour.
- Overall, listeners are allowed so many songs per listening month.
Under CBS Radio
- Local stations are limited to affiliates of CBS Radio.
- No direct customization, although rating songs influences the songs played.
- Songs cannot be banned entirely, although a one-star rating will have it played very rarely.