by Joe White
July 25, 2010
Rhapsody: the super-popular subscription music service app that has just been updated to support multitasking. The new update also fixes a variety of bugs that had previously plagued the application, resulting in a series of crashes. In addition to this, a number of other under-the-hood improvements have also been made - the details of which can be found below, taken from the app's release notes:
For those of you not familiar with Rhapsody, it works very much in the same way EU-confined Spotify does; giving users access to an infinite amount of streamable music for the cost of the services' monthly subscription - which is $10 in Rhapsody's case. Obviously, the application requires an internet connection to stream music. However, users of both apps may download playlists to their iDevices, so they may be accessed when not connected to a Wi-Fi or a cellular data network. Rhapsody is currently offering a try-before-you-buy service, so potential subscribers may test out the app before committing to the monthly subscription. It's also worth nothing that, as users are required to subscribe, both the Rhapsody and Spotify iPhone apps are free. So if you're living in the US and often spend $10+ per month on music downloads via iTunes, why not head over to Rhapsody's site and spend the money on a monthly subscription to the service - and listen to (and download) as much music as you like? Unless you have a burning desire to own a digital copy of your favorite tracks, it makes sense to check out Rhapsody. Readers living in certain EU countries also have Spotify to consider. Be sure to let us know how either service works for you in the comments box at the bottom of this article And thanks to Justin for the tip!
- iOS 4 support: audio playback in the background, and interaction with accessories that support Apple's multimedia controls.
- Many crashing fixes.
- Improved handling of various types of missing or corrupt content.
- Improved handling of network timeouts on application launch.
- Improved playback user interface behaviour and performance.
- Fixed bug with adding Top Tracks to Playlist.
Rhapsody International Inc.