Yahoo unloads music service on RealNetworks and MTV

The weekend saw the long-rumored sale of Yahoo's paid music service go through. Rhapsody America, a RealNetworks and MTV joint venture, purchased Yahoo Music Unlimited for an undisclosed fee, paidContent.org reports. Word has it Yahoo plans to supplant the service with a free, ad-supported service. To that end, it has purchased the maker of FoxyTunes, a plugin for the Firefox browser which searches for music online.

The irony here: Before partnering with RealNetworks, MTV ran a music service, Urge, in partnership with Microsoft — which is now trying to buy Yahoo. Timing is everything. We look forward to the introduction of purple Zunes.