Rhapsody adds offline playback with Windows Phone 8 update

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Rhapsody is rolling out a revamped version of its on-demand digital music app for Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone operating system, debuting a series of new features and enhancements.

Rhapsody version 3.0, optimized for smartphones running Windows Phone 8 and available as a free download from Microsoft's Windows Phone Store, introduces new offline playback support enabling consumers to access all downloaded tracks, albums and playlists; the app also brings support for personalized My Music features, including tools for adding and removing songs, albums and artists. Subscribers may additionally edit My Stations and My Playlists functionality and access their listening history.

Alongside the new features, Rhapsody promises improved audio playback, album art and search capabilities.

Rhapsody offers unlimited, ad-free streaming access to more than 16 million tracks alongside artist interviews, editorial reviews and playlist tools. Subscribers can choose between two premium options: Rhapsody Premier, priced at $9.99 per month, supports listening on one device, while Premier Plus, priced at $14.99 per month, allows access on three different devices. In addition to Windows Phone, Rhapsody supports iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms, as well as most MP3 players, PC, Mac, home audio systems, TiVo set-top boxes and Vizio TVs.

Rhapsody recently reported that mobile devices accounted for 51 percent of all tracks played in 2012, up from 27 percent a year ago. Fifty-six percent of all Rhapsody subscribers now access the service via mobile, compared to 38 percent in 2011; in addition, 42 percent of customers listen exclusively on mobile devices.

For more:
- read this Windows Phone Blog entry

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