About Rhapsody, All You Want to Know....

Rhapsody is a online music store run by RealNetworks, and it is the only on-demand streaming service that offers integration with several digital media receivers to stream music over a network to your home stereo. Rhapsody downloads are restricted by Helix, RealNetworks’ version of DRM (digital rights management) which does not permit the users to burn the tracks into CD.

Rhapsody offers subscription plans: Rhapsody 25, Rhapsody Unlimited and Rhapsody To Go.

Rhapsody 25 allows the users to download the application for free and get access to 25 internet radio station and stream 25 songs on-demand per month for free with no cost.

Rhapsody Unlimited plan allows the subscribers to get unlimited stream and download access from over 3.5 million song selections, and over 100 radio stations programmed by Rhapsody’s in house editorial team. About the radio, you can skip the songs you don’t like, but you won’t be able to pause in the middle of the track just like what Napster can do. All these are only at cost of $9.99 per month

Rhapsody To Go is a paid subscription costs $14.99 a month, allows the subscribers to transfer the songs to compatible digital players such as iRiver, Creative Zen, and Sandisk. A clock built into compatible devices time out licenses for songs when the subscription runs out. However, the songs cannot be transferred to iPod as Apple does not support other digital rights management technologies or open up its FairPlay DRM for third party companies to sell DRM-wrapped downloads to play on iPod.

The non subscriber to any of the above plan can also purchase songs and albums directly from Rhapsody. It only costs $0.99 per song or $9.99 per album. And privilege has been given to subscribers to purchase with 10% discount, that is $0.89 per song and $8.99 per album.

At this moment, Rhapsody service is only available in the US, its territories, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau.