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Rhapsody

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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 100 votes out of 2 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0
  • Total Downloads:
    328,374
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 12, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Over the years, Rhapsody has morphed from a standard music jukebox app into something that places more emphasis on music enjoyment and discovery rather than music management and organization. In order to get the full experience, however, you'll still need to download the installation app, which isn't exactly light at 18MB. (And keep in mind the software itself requires a total of 380MB of space.) On the plus side, install and setup is much smoother than in past versions, with plenty of check-box options for customizing the experience to your liking.

Upon firing up Rhapsody for the first time, one thing is immediately apparent: the program wants you to subscribe to the accompanying service, which at a minimum, costs $9.99 (and $14.99 if you want to take music "to go" on compatible devices such as the Sony Walkman). However, this is not a requirement, and if you stick with Rhapsody Free, which provides all the basic jukebox functionality as well as access to the MP3 store, you will get to enjoy 25 full audio streams from the catalog for free each month. This is a nice bonus that is not offered with competitors such as iTunes and Windows Media Player.

The Rhapsody interface is very straightforward, with the various available music sources called out in the upper right: Music Guide (which takes you into the store area), My Library, My Channels (Rhapsody's version of Internet radio stations), Burn a CD, and attached devices (if applicable). The library section is sortable via artists, albums, and genres, with columns displaying the aforementioned info as well as the track name, track type, and rating. Double-clicking any song will start playback, which is managed via a bar that spans the top of the window and displays album art as well as interesting tidbits about the artist.

Playlists live in a special tabbed area in the lower left and are very simple to create and manage; you can add tracks by dragging and dropping. This method also works for transferring songs, albums, and artists to an attached device. All in all, the experience is smooth, although there can be some hang-ups during transferring, especially if you subscribe to the To Go service and are transferring those tracks from the catalog. We also noticed that the app takes up a huge amount of processor power and can slow down overall system use at times.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Bring back version 4!"

May 28, 2016  |  By wolfwalk47

2016-05-28 22:44:01  |  By wolfwalk47

 |  Version: Rhapsody 6.0

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

Not able to sync with most mp3 players any longer, horrible customer service, FAQs are either irrelevant or lacking info, glitches with no workarounds, apparently no progress made in any area since it was introduced, search engine is deplorable, if you can sync with an mp3 player and download an album, it comes out jumbled instead of in order, which makes it useless for concertos, symphonies, concept albums, etc, where one track must follow another. I'm sure if I bothered to give it much thought, I could come up with more cons.

Summary

As in the review above, it stinks, especially for subscribers. Why don't they let us have version 4 back? It worked just fine with all my mp3 players, not just one. Looks like they're going to lose another subscriber, one who's been with them for some 7 years. Seriously considering going to iTunes, even though I'm not a big fan of Apple Music.

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1 stars

"Rhapsody 6 newest version- Stinks!!"

December 26, 2015  |  By 2muchdata

2015-12-26 20:50:47  |  By 2muchdata

 |  Version: Rhapsody 6.0

Pros

Sorry but there is none

Cons

rhapsody has too many glitches, freezes a lot, don't like the search method, not like the old with more info. Not the same.

Summary

There's a saying- if it ain't broke, why fix it? newest version disappointing for a paid subscription service.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.0
Version 4 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher RealNetworks
Publisher web site http://www.realnetworks.com/
Release Date December 12, 2015
Date Added December 12, 2015
Version 6.0
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Music Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 580.9KB
File Name setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 328,374
Downloads Last Week 35
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations 25 plays per month
Price Free

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