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Apple approves Rhapsody app for iPhones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Sep 2009 17:15 User comments (1)

Apple approves Rhapsody app for iPhones In August, RealNetworks submitted their Rhapsody app to Apple's App Store, and today it has finally been approved, bringing the music subscription service to iPhone and iPod Touch users.
The approval marks the first time Apple has allowed an on-demand streaming service in the United States. Recently, the company approved of Spotify for European users.

Rhapsody subscribers have to pay $14.99 USD a month to get the unlimited streaming service, but the app itself will be free. The service has over 8 million tracks, and users will be able to stream wherever there is cell service or Wi-Fi.

The service will eventually be updated to cache songs for playback when there is no Internet available.

Adds Neil Smith, vice president of business management for Rhapsody America: The new app will "reach the iPod Touch and iPhone audience that was unavailable to us before."

Notably however, the songs will stream at a lowly 64 kbps, hardly "CD-quality."

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1 user comment

110.9.2009 19:22

$15pm for something that only works when you have a solid live connection and delivers music at telephone quality? Yeah right. Well this is one part of the 'audience' that they won't be reaching. What a gift to Spotify

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