April 6, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Rhapsody Android fans, start your engines. The beta application of Rhapsody‘s on-demand music service is now available in the U.S. Android Market. Rhapsody, which streams over 9 million songs through radio or on-demand playlists from users, is available now for a free 7-day trial.
The new beta application follows Rhapsody’s creation as an independent company, spun off from RealNetworks into a new service jointly-owned by Real and Viacom. The company has also lowered its price to $10 per month in order to be more competitive against rivals like Pandora and Slacker, as well as services like MOG that are more closely-related to what Rhapsody offers users. The competition could get much worse if Spotify makes good on suggestions that it will launch a U.S. product in 2010 and releases its app to U.S. members.
I spoke with a Rhapsody rep back in January who let me test the software and I was very pleased with it. Offline playback support will soon be added to make it even better. The only thing that I think holding it back could be the $10 a month subscription fee that some people may think is too high. Download the Rhapsody (Beta) app from the Android Market and you can see – or listen, actually – for yourself.