RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

Subscribers to the Rhapsody music service will soon have their own iPhone app. That is, if Apple approves the software for distribution in the App Store.

Rhapsody is a service developed by RealNetworks, charging $14.99 monthly for streaming access to over eight million songs. The iPhone application would make it possible for Rhapsody To Go plan subscribers to listen via Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE.

The Rhapsody app also has the capability to initiate MP3 purchases directly from iTunes. In the past, Apple has taken measures to insure that music from competitors to iTunes such as Rhapsody or Napster were locked out of its portable music devices.

Neil Smith, a vice president at Rhapsody, had this comment, "Not approving things for the app store is giving people a reason to say I'm not going to buy an iPhone."

With the pending FCC investigation over the rejection of Google Voice, it's possible that Apple may have to think twice before rejecting Rhapsody.

Rhapsody To Go Features :

Take your music with you on any Rhapsody-compatible portable player
Get unlimited access to millions of songs
Discover new artists and old favorites with Rhapsody Channels
Get artist & album recommendations just for you
Listen to Rhapsody on your PC or web browser
Create the perfect playlist and share it with your friends
Buy high-quality MP3s for your iPod or other portable player
Burn CDs with Rhapsody Software