The other day I was shopping at my local beer store when I felt a sudden, uncontrollable urge to listen to Amanda Palmer's “Leeds United”. The song was stuck hard in my head, but I didn't have my MP3 player with me. All I had was a smartphone, and a brain bouncing with catchy lyrics. These are the sort of situations that Real had in mind when they created the Rhapsody streaming music application.
Rhapsody allows users to browse and stream from a library of over 8 million songs. It's a pretty nice service to have access to when a catchy tune gets stuck in your head (hum the first bar of '99 Red balloons' and you'll know what I mean). Currently there aren't too many different mediums you can access rhapsody through, but that's all about to change.
Real has just submitted their first Rhapsody iPhone app to the App Store for approval. Apple has let similar streaming music apps by in the past, so there's no good reason why this one would be rejected now. Then again, Apple's shown that they don't need a good reason to do whatever the hell they want with their app store.
The blog entry that announced Rhapsody's application to the App Store also stated that an Android App is currently in development.
“We are working diligently on an Android app and once we’re done there, we plan to turn our sights on more mobile platform and carrier app stores.”
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Real hasn't given us a date for when we can expect to see the Android app hit, but from their wording it doesn't sound like we'll have much longer to wait. Anyone want to start placing bets?