Rhapsody revamps iPhone music app

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Digital music service provider Rhapsody announced the introduction of an updated iPhone and iPod touch application that also expands rhapsody screenshotto Apple's new iPad tablet, enabling the firm's 2.1 million subscribers to now download playlists directly to their devices and giving them the freedom to listen to their music anywhere, even when disconnected from the Internet. According to Rhapsody, the free application gives subscribers access to more than 9 million songs--users can create their own web radio stations, create new playlists on the go and purchase songs from Apple's iTunes digital storefront. Rhapsody subscriptions are either $10 per month (for access on one mobile device) or $14.99 per month (for access on up to three mobile devices).

Earlier this month, Rhapsody spun off from partners RealNetworks and Viacom. "Right now is the right time [to spin off]," Rhapsody president Jon Irwin said at that time. "The advent of networks, smartphones, app stores, awareness of subscription services and record label support--all of those are pointing to this being the right time." At the same time, the company issued a new application optimized for Android smartphones.

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