Rhapsody Upgrades IPhone App: No Internet Required

Posted: Apr 26 2010, 10:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:47pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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Rhapsody subscribers can now stream a seemingly limitless amount of music on their iPhone, from anywhere, even when they can't get a data connection. That's the big update to Rhapsody's 2.0 version of its mobile app.

Rhapsody is a subscription music service, offering users an "all you can eat" streaming plan for as low as $10. Users can listen to over 9 million songs in their entirety whenever they want, but the music stays with Rhapsody - users can't download individual MP3 tracks without paying additional fees.

That has caused some headaches for iPhone users who ride the subway, are frequent fliers, or drive through spotty connection areas, as their Rhapsody program would effectively stop working.

That has changed with today's update, which allows users to save a playlist while they have a data connection, and then listen to that music later, when no data service is available.

Rhapsody's president Jon Irwin said the new app is a "turning point" for the company. "By making Rhapsody accessible anywhere people want to hear music -- and not just the places where they have an Internet connection -- we're giving music lovers a new way to discover and enjoy music on the devices they love," he said in a statement.

Rhapsody, which had begun to slip on home PC platforms because of the rise of non-DRM MP3 downloads, has found a second life in the mobile market. It also has apps available on the Blackberry and Android platforms.

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