September 22, 2009, 12:00 AM

Rhapsody’s new app makes 8 million tracks available to iPhone users

Rhapsody’s music application is now available at the Apple App Store, enabling subscribers to access more than eight million tracks via iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The Rhapsody application is a free download from the App Store.

Katie Evans

Managing Editor, International Research

Rhapsody has introduced a mobile app that enables subscribers to access more than eight million tracks via iPhone and iPod Touch devices. The Rhapsody app is a free download from Apple Inc.`s App Store to Rhapsody subscribers who pay $14.99 per month for the service.

Shoppers without a Rhapsody-To-Go subscription can sample the service free for seven days. Rhapsody is a service of RealNetworks Inc., No. 96 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

IPhone and iPod Touch owners can access audio tracks by connecting over a 3G, Edge or WiFi network. Subscribers can create playlists, add new tracks to their music libraries and purchase MP3 music files directly from their devices with the Rhapsody app. They also can buy subscriptions to Rhapsody via the devices, which are made by Apple, No. 5 in the Top 500 Guide.

The Rhapsody app for iPhone and iPod Touch, which was developed in-house by RealNetworks, was submitted to Apple for approval less than a month ago, says Mike Lunsford, executive vice president of strategic ventures for RealNetworks. “We found Apple’s approval process to be smooth and collaborative, and we are very pleased to see our Rhapsody application available in the Apple App Store,” he says.

Rhapsody is the first on-demand streaming music application available through the Apple App Store in the U.S., Lunsford says. RealNetworks is planning to make Rhapsody available on more platforms later this year, he adds.

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