August 24, 2009 | Robert Nelson
What I would consider big news has come today in the form of a potential music subscription service for the iPhone. That service is one that I honestly have never used, nor have I even really considered — it is Rhapsody and assuming the app is approved I will become a paying customer.
After hearing some of the details in regards to the Rhapsody app, such as that it is designed to offer on-demand music over a Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE connection, for a second I thought that this will come crippled. Of course, we already have music streaming in the form of Pandora, Slacker and others so that may not be an issue.
Otherwise, there are a few other catches that may keep some that are not current subscribers from jumping on board. First off, although the app will be available for free, users will need to have a Rhapsody ToGo account which is currently going for $15 a month. Second, the app is not going to be able to use any on-device storage, which is similar to what we saw that with Slacker and their lack of ability to cache music.
Now in regards to my "big news" comment from above, lets just hope that the big news comes in the form of an approval as opposed to a denial that comes along with a controversy because I am not sure about you, but I am tired of reading all the bad App Store related stories that we have been seeing lately.
In the meantime, check out some screenshots (courtesy of gdgt) and a video of the app in action.