Rhapsody Coming to the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Gdgt reports 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 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.

    Article Link: Rhapsody Coming to the iPhone?
  2. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    oh lordy! Steve press the Denied button :)

    are Real still going ? i thought that RealDVD copy thingy killed them off ?
  3. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    I certainly thought Real was dead. I can see a Palm/Real marriage in the future...on their deathbeds.
  4. Bubba Satori Suspended

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    Bag of musical hurt. No choices for you silly cultists. Stop it.
  5. Cyclone Chris macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2008
  6. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    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.
  7. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Definitely, "a NO-GO!" Can't get that video to work; too choppy. I hope their app is better than their video....:(
  8. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
  9. bruinsrme macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2008
  10. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    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.
  11. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    $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 !!!!!
  12. bruinsrme macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2008
    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
  13. Excellerator macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2008
    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!
  14. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I'm certainly not going to pay that much to rent music.
  15. wonderbread57 macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2008
    duplicate functionality

    the world isn't allowed to compete with apple for your attention.
  16. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    iWorld 1.0. The Apple-approved version of the world. That's the one I use.
  17. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    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.
  18. kts911 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2009
    I hope this gets approved

    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.
  19. jeffu macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2006
    Great Ap - nothing like Pandora...

    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.
  20. safetyobc macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2007
    No way I'm paying to listen to online music. Way too many free ones out there - Pandora, Slacker Radio, etc.
  21. james4513 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2008
    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!
  22. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    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.
  23. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    That is what I was thinking.

    But then again, If you can't purchase the music and only listen then they could pass it.
  24. e-coli macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2002
    Well this news doesn't bode well for the iPhone Cassette Tape peripheral.
  25. Malcster macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    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.

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