Rhapsody has announced an upgrade to their iPhone app that will allow users to stream music through the app even when the phone is out of wireless range. This will be the first music app with this feature that will be released in the United States. However, there are some things it can’t do just yet. Right now, users can only stream playlists they have created themselves. The ability to stream albums and songs offline will not be available until June.
Despite that, this is going add a lot of value the Rhapsody’s subscribers if they can stream the music even when their device is offline. As no iPhone gets service 100% of the time, this is going to be really great for those who use Rhapsody to listen 24/7. No matter what, they can access all of the music on Rhapsody, and that means you’ll have a lot of music at your disposal, even when you are in the middle of nowhere with no wireless connection. I think that’s pretty cool.
Although this app is currently only available to the iPhone, they say they will have one available this summer for Android devices.
Rhapsody said that their current app has been downloaded 1.5 million times, so it will be interesting to see if that grows with the addition of this feature. Of course, you first have to subscribe to Rhapsody in order to really get the full use of the app, but if it means you can now access a huge collection of music anywhere at anytime, it might really be worth your money.
-- Ashley Snider