Rhapsody iPhone App Now Allows Users To Download Playlists For Offline Listening

News | Monday April 26 2010 1:41 AM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , , ,

Rhapsody is among the earliest companies to have offered online streaming music to users. Earlier this month, the service parted ways with its parent company, RealNetworks to function as an independent concern. With close to 700,000 active users and 1.5 million
downloads till date, Rhapsody is a leader in the emerging online music segment space.
The launch of the new playlist-download feature is seen as an attempt to take on this new breed of competitors who have been aggressively marketing their service to users. Sweden based
to their iPhones and other devices while Berkeley based MOG is also expected to offer an iPhone app with this feature soon.
Rhapsody's service is not free. While users need not pay for the iPhone app, they need to pay a monthly fee for accessing music. Rhapsody currently charges $10 a month from users who access the service from a single device and charges $15 a month from those who wish to access the service from up to three devices including tablet computers like the
.
However, Rhapsody notes that the current offering does not provide an optimal experience on the iPad and has indicated that they plan to release an
later this year.
However, one of the biggest drawbacks of
like Rhapsody is that it still can't play music in the background as multitasking is not allowed currently. Rhapsody plans to release an updated version of their iPhone app for
, which includes the
feature.
(iTunes link). The downloadable playlist feature is an important feature to add but based on the feedback from our readers we still think the service is too expensive.

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