April 20, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Rhapsody is the most unique of the streaming radio apps. Not only does it feature an artist or genre-based radio station option, Rhapsody also includes an on-demand streaming section that lets users search for and play any of its 9 million song library. Users can add songs or entire albums to “My Library” and get quick access to that music. Also stored in the searchable library are artists, playlists, radio stations, and purchases, making this the best on-demand option available on Android.
The radio mode is not as enjoyable because Rhapsody is so faithful to the artist who inspires the station. When listening to Kanye West station, the first 10 songs played were either a Kanye song, featured him, or was produced by him. All of the songs played were great, but radio should provide a bit more variety, which doesn’t take effect until later in the playlist. The radio option becomes less appealing when users realize that they cannot create custom stations. Yes, there are plenty of great options, but this is a glaring omission from an otherwise great service.
At $9.99 per month, Rhapsody will price itself out of the hands of people too stubborn to pay for music. However, people must remember that they are able to stream practically any song they can think of for the price of one CD purchase. If you want to be able to stream on-demand music, there currently isn’t a better option.
- Stream any of 9 million songs on-demand
- Bookmark songs, playlists, or entire albums in “My Library”
- Artist or genre-based radio stations
- Charts and New This Week sections to discover music
- Available only in the U.S.
- No homescreen widget for playback controls
- Lacks ability to create custom radio station
Price: $9.99 a month