iLike Strikes Deal With Rhapsody for Full-Length Streams

July 21, 2008 9:55 AM ET

Social music discovery site iLike made a series of announcements today, most notably full-length song playback through Rhapsody. iLike hooked up with digital music service to allow 25 full-length streams per month for its over 30 million users. After the 25 full streams have been used, users can either sign up the Rhapsody service or return to using the 30-second streams. The full-length streaming playback will soon also be usable for Facebook's iLike application. iLike also announced a plan to pay out royalties for streams, marking the first time music delivery on social networks has been monetized.

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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