Online Music Then and Now’ SXSWi Examines What We Have (And Haven’t) Learned

In 1999, Diamond Multimedia’s Rio became the first portable mp3 player to be commercially successful. Eight years later, the Kindle brought a similar level of mobility to books. Needless to say, the two game-changing devices met with different results and reactions. Rob Reid, founder of Listen.com (which became Rhapsody) and also a publishing industry vet, talked about the two situations during his “Rhapsody To Year Zero: Online Music Then & Now” panel on Saturday at SXSWi.

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