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MacRumors
Aug 24, 2009, 09:50 AM
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Gdgt reports (http://features.gdgt.com/2009/08/24/subscription-music-comes-to-the-iphone-rhapsody-app-exclusive-screenshots-and-details/) that RealNetworks has submitted its Rhapsody app for the iPhone and iPod touch to the App Store for approval. The app will provide on-demand streaming music to Rhapsody subscribers and it will offer a limited free trial for non-subscribers to test the service.

The RealNetworks blog (http://realnetworksblog.com/?p=889) describes that the app will be easy and intuitive to use and will include the ability to search the entire Rhapsody library of over 8 million songs. A video demonstrating the app has been posted and can be viewed here (http://realnetworksblog.com/?p=889).

Article Link: Rhapsody Coming to the iPhone? (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/08/24/rhapsody-coming-to-the-iphone/)



liketom
Aug 24, 2009, 09:59 AM
oh lordy! Steve press the Denied button :)

are Real still going ? i thought that RealDVD copy thingy killed them off ?

TMay
Aug 24, 2009, 10:06 AM
oh lordy! Steve press the Denied button :)

are Real still going ? i thought that RealDVD copy thingy killed them off ?

I certainly thought Real was dead. I can see a Palm/Real marriage in the future...on their deathbeds.

Bubba Satori
Aug 24, 2009, 10:08 AM
Bag of musical hurt. No choices for you silly cultists. Stop it.

Cyclone Chris
Aug 24, 2009, 10:51 AM
App Denied. Competes with iTunes.

sishaw
Aug 24, 2009, 11:00 AM
Apple will never approve this. Unless it purchases RealNetworks or something. Apple certainly has the cash!

The advantage to Apple is that it would give them a subscription service. But iTunes is the most successful music retailer without that type of service, so I just don't see Apple going that way.

The submission will get some publicity for the Rhapsody service, though.

SFStateStudent
Aug 24, 2009, 11:08 AM
Definitely, "a NO-GO!" Can't get that video to work; too choppy. I hope their app is better than their video....:(

sishaw
Aug 24, 2009, 11:15 AM
Wired also has an article. According to Wired, the app would work over both 3G and wi-fi, and does not have an offline mode. I seriously doubt AT&T would approve this app working over 3G.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/rhapsody-in-blue-proposed-iphone-app-apple-not-user-friendly/

bruinsrme
Aug 24, 2009, 11:18 AM
Wired also has an article. According to Wired, the app would work over both 3G and wi-fi, and does not have an offline mode. I seriously doubt AT&T would approve this app working over 3G.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/08/rhapsody-in-blue-proposed-iphone-app-apple-not-user-friendly/

ATT has publicly stated they are not in the business of approving apps.

That leaves only one party to approve or disapprove this, app(le)

sishaw
Aug 24, 2009, 11:21 AM
ATT has publicly stated they are not in the business of approving apps.

That leaves only one party to approve or disapprove this app(le)

You are (probably, based on what we now know) correct!

Let me rephrase: I seriously doubt that Apple would approve this app working over AT&T's 3G network.

iphones4evry1
Aug 24, 2009, 11:33 AM
$15 a month ??????????????? :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Yeah, I don't think Apple is going to worry about approving this App. No one is going to pay $15/month !!!!!

bruinsrme
Aug 24, 2009, 11:37 AM
$15 a month ??????????????? :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Yeah, I don't think Apple is going to worry about approving this App. No one is going to pay $15/month !!!!!

People already pay for the service on the computers.

this is just an extension of their subscription much like XM/Sirius.

I believe the subscriber also get 5 download a month to own with the subscription

Excellerator
Aug 24, 2009, 11:42 AM
Rhapsody is SO worth it. You can listen to pretty much every album out. This is one the apps I was waiting for. Didn't think it would come when Verizon snagged them up. I just hope Apple releases it.

No, with this and when Hulu and Netflix On Demand apps come out this will be great!

kas23
Aug 24, 2009, 11:42 AM
$15 a month ??????????????? :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Yeah, I don't think Apple is going to worry about approving this App. No one is going to pay $15/month !!!!!

I'm certainly not going to pay that much to rent music.

wonderbread57
Aug 24, 2009, 01:10 PM
duplicate functionality

the world isn't allowed to compete with apple for your attention.
DENIED

sishaw
Aug 24, 2009, 01:35 PM
duplicate functionality

the world isn't allowed to compete with apple for your attention.
DENIED

iWorld 1.0. The Apple-approved version of the world. That's the one I use.

spazzcat
Aug 24, 2009, 01:39 PM
Its no different Pandora. Not sure why people would think it wouldn't approved. It just sucks the the mobile service costs $10 more a month.

kts911
Aug 24, 2009, 02:58 PM
Please don't let this turn into a debate about subscription vs. pay-as-you-go. Different models suit different peoples needs. Its also a case of short term vs. long-term.

That being said, I see this getting approved. It is a lot like iMeem which lets you stream your collection to your iPhone. Pandora is a little different because you can't pick out a specific song, its more like radio.

I just really would like to see this app approved.

jeffu
Aug 24, 2009, 04:11 PM
I have Rhapsody and LOVE IT! It's one of the few things I actually pay for and think it's worth every penny.

Unlike Pandora that just plays "like" songs, you actually pick an Artist and an Album and listen to the entire thing. It's great, I hear something on XM that maybe I want to explore more - I go to Rhapsody, plug in the Artist and listen to the whole CD - not just snippets or 30 seconds. So, I don't have to own the cd unless it's something I really want to spend my money on - in the meantime I can check out a lot of artists that I've heard of or may be curious about, find I like them, then buy the CD.

Their catalog is HUGE, they have just about anything you can imagine, so the choices are endless. I would love this on my iPhone.

safetyobc
Aug 24, 2009, 05:20 PM
No way I'm paying to listen to online music. Way too many free ones out there - Pandora, Slacker Radio, etc.

james4513
Aug 24, 2009, 05:39 PM
Have Rhapsody already and it is great. Already pay for my PC's and portable, so this is free for me. Hope it gets through. It would really be great with multi-tasking, but that's asking too much from Apple now. Maybe the next iPhone. Until then Jailbreak and Backgrounder, but that's way to hard for most users.

Good luck RNWK!

happydude
Aug 24, 2009, 05:55 PM
that subscription model seems a bit stiff to me, but users seem to love it. i'd be surprised if apple allows it since i'd assume they would call it duplicative and not pass it through.

spillproof
Aug 24, 2009, 08:15 PM
App Denied. Competes with iTunes.

That is what I was thinking.

But then again, If you can't purchase the music and only listen then they could pass it.

e-coli
Aug 24, 2009, 08:22 PM
Well this news doesn't bode well for the iPhone Cassette Tape peripheral.

Malcster
Aug 25, 2009, 02:50 AM
The Spotify app that offers pretty much the same functionality (altho does have an offline mode) has been in review with Apple for a month now.

Real better not hold there breath...

Expecting a reject decision anytime.

webworks415
Aug 25, 2009, 06:54 AM
The Spotify app that offers pretty much the same functionality (altho does have an offline mode) has been in review with Apple for a month now.

Real better not hold there breath...

Expecting a reject decision anytime.

thats so lame. how long do you need to review something to know whether it competes with your own products. JUst they way of leading developers on and not having to reject them and get a big backlash. Apple need to get the stick out their ass and just be happy people spent money on their phones.....soon enough people will cause an uproar and Apple will be forced to deliver what we want. these types of services will be the norm soon and Apple will have to follow suit. I can see them launching their own service similar to this, might be one of the reasons they reject things like this.

cmendill
Aug 25, 2009, 08:16 AM
Wow, Lots of people really hate Real. I guess non of you have ever used Rhapsody, because it's actually pretty awesome.

1. In terms of functionality, I don't see how this app is any different from Pandora or any other music streaming service - except that this one has a service fee tacked on. So, I see no reason why it would be denied. It does not compete with iTunes until it actually lets you purchase mp3s directly on the phone.

2. $15. I know we've all been indoctrinated with SJ's "nobody wants to rent their music" philosophy, but lots of people would love to rent their music. I've always used Rhapsody as a way to supplement my music library. For the price of one and a half albums per month, you get unlimited access to A LOT of music. Just for the purposes of finding new music, Rhapsody is worth it.

3. Rhapsody is better than the iTunes Store. Ouuuuu burn. Not in terms of content. In terms of organization. iTunes organization is a joke, and its layout is very "Single-Centric", where as Rhapsody is definitely more "Artist-Centric". Rhapsody allows you to learn a lot about the Artists you are listening to, and provides a wiki-like linking system that lets you find similar artists - chosen by human beings by the way, not by robots. They've spent a lot of time on organization, because they aren't worried about selling you singles.

4. You can use Rhapsody on any computer connected to the internet. This is how Rhapsody is invaluable. Say you're at a friends house and a different friend wants you to here some bit of music. They don't have their iPod, and they aren't at home, but they can jump on your Rhapsody account and play it for you. Rhapsody is like having one of those internet jukeboxes they have at bars, only it has almost all the music you like and your friends like, and you can use it as much as you want where ever there is an internet connection. And hopefully soon, whenever you have your iPhone/iPod.