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Rhapsody gets an interface overhaul


Rhapsody has announced an overhaul of the interface for their music player that affects both the mini-player and the full screen experience. The update focuses on simplifying the interface to make it easier for users to control the app. Users will find that they can favorite tracks in the mini-player, swipe to change tracks, and colors and styling will update to match albums being played. Read more

Listen to full songs from Rhapsody through Twitter


Almost two years ago Twitter tried to jump into the online music streaming market with their own Twitter Music offering, a platform that never took off and was eventually shut down. Twitter appears to be ready to give it another go with the addition of Rhapsody to their Twitter Audio Card feature. Rhapsody users can now share what they are listening to via Twitter and more importantly, followers can listen to the full song provided by the Rhapsody service as part of the partnership. Read more

Rhapsody and Napster both get updated to bring Chromecast support


Fire up your Chromecast if you subscribe to either Rhapsody or Napster! Both services, which now has Napster under Rhapsody’s umbrella, have updated their respective applications to support Google’s Chromecast. After heading to the Play Store and updating either app, a Cast icon will be found at the top. Press this as you would with any other Cast-capable app and you should be able to start jamming to your favorite tunes right away.

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Pandora still the top streaming service, Spotify drops to fourth


A couple years ago leaders in technology, including the late Steve Jobs, thought that music streaming would never really take off. Despite that, streaming is now many people’s preferred method of listening to music. Much of this is because of the improvement in mobile data speeds, making music streaming much more possible than it was before.

New statistics only recently released show that Pandora is still at the forefront of music streaming, which really isn’t surprising considering they are one of the oldest and most well known services still available. One surprise in the statistics show that iTunes Radio has taken third place, ahead of Spotify.

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Rhapsody enters the song-match game with ‘SongMatch’ app

If you’re already tired of SoundHound, and you feel Shazam is a little too antiquated, then you’re in luck. Rhapsody has entered the song-match app game with their new app called – wait for it – ‘SongMatch’. While the app is free and does not require a Rhapsody subscription for the basic app which gives you tracks, artist info, and track listings, the real upside is if you do have a subscription. If you’re rocking a Rhapsody subscription, you can instantly launch playback of the song or album when a match is found. Rhapsody also creates a special SongMatch playlist in your account based on your prior matches. Anyone out there tired of the other song-match apps willing to give this a try?

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Rhapsody for Android now sports personalized recommendations

Rhapsody, the streaming music app, has released an update to it’s Android app. You’ll now find personalized recommendations on the home screen based on what you’ve listened to in the past. A UI overhaul and performance improvements to offline playback are also included with this latest update. Additionally, you’ll find full screen album art, swipe to skip, shuffle and repeat features, and queue enhancements as part of the update. All of the old features that you’ve gotten used to and like are all still there. I personally don’t use Rhapsody, but do we have any readers that do? What are your thoughts?

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Rhapsody for Android updated with some customer asked features

Rhapsody, the app that gives you unlimited high quality music for your Android device (for a monthly fee) has received an updated and given several new features that customers have asked for. Here’s what you can expect from the words of one of Rhapsody’s engineers:

The big feature that we’re announcing today is the release of the long-awaited ability to download individual albums and tracks. (Woot!) This is the number two feature request that we get from customers and we’re excited to finally hand it over to everyone.

But wait, you might say, that’s big and it’s number two?! What’s number one?

Glad you asked. :)

The number one requested feature is the ability for you to decide where you want your music downloaded to. There are a number of devices out there with both an internal, fixed SD card as well as a removable SD card. Boring technical details aside, the Rhapsody app was using the internal fixed SD card.

No longer.

Today we are also happy to announce that along with the ability to download those albums and tracks, you advanced users will be able to decide where to put them! We looked at what we could do quickly as we wrapped up on the album and track download work to fulfill this request, so you may find it a little sparse, but we’ll work to make it more robust.

Being able to download music and being able to store them where ever you’d like is a wonderful addition to the app. If you haven’t tried this out yet, will these new features entice you? Let us know!

You can grab this app via the QR code or download link after the break!

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Google Music Adoption Lower Than Expected

Google Music has been around for a few months now, and according to a CNET exclusive, Google told music labels that customer adoption and revenue are below what they expected. Since the service is still pretty new, no one at Google is too worried. They still haven’t marketed Google Music as aggressively as they could, and Google told the record companies that certain issues are still being worked on. But that’s little comfort for some folks in the music industry, sources said.

When Google Music launched in November, there was a potential customer base of over 200 million users of Android devices. That’s a big enough audience to make Google’s answer to iTunes a music powerhouse. Converting just 10% of the user base would equate to 20 million customers. The potential is there, but is Google’s strategy too dated?

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Rhapsody gets update to support Android tablets

Rhapsody, the popular premium subscription music service, is now compatible with Android tablets. Tablet users can tap, swipe and zoom through Rhapsody content while listening.  With over 14 million songs available, users can also download playlists for offline use. The app is free, but the service costs $9.99 per month.

“We didn’t just resize Rhapsody – we re-imagined the entire experience for the tablet,” said Brendan Benzing, chief product officer, Rhapsody.  “The tablet is not a giant phone or a mini computer. It’s your companion on the couch, in transit and out in the world, and therefore people experience music and consume content differently than they would on a computer, portable device, TV or home audio system.”

Full press release and download links after the break.

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