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October 20, 2010

Rhapsody App for BlackBerry Launched

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Rhapsody’s 10.5 million-track music catalog is now available for the BlackBerry (News - Alert). An announcement regarding the launch of its acclaimed mobile application for the BlackBerry has been made by Rhapsody. With this announcement, Rhapsody is now available on Apple, Android (News - Alert) and RIM. Unlimited on-demand access to more than ten million songs is provided to subscribers with the premium digital music service, Rhapsody.

The award-winning music service can be accessed from anywhere with a network connection by Rhapsody subscribers. Similar to the Rhapsody apps for Apple (News - Alert) and Android, BlackBerry subscribers can enjoy their playlists with the app Rhapsody for BlackBerry. BlackBerry subscribers can also discover new music through playlists and radio stations. Rhapsody’s renowned music editors are involved in programming the radio stations.

In a press release, Brendan Benzing, chief product officer for Rhapsody, said, "We are committed to bringing the Rhapsody experience anywhere our subscribers wish to enjoy digital entertainment, be it the mobile device, MP3 player, home audio system or television. Paramount to this is creating an optimal experience that is tailored for each specific device, exemplified by the BlackBerry app."

The hardware on the ubiquitous Curve version 5.0 and higher is completely integrated only by the Rhapsody for BlackBerry app. Users are therefore able to operate the media, mute and volume buttons on the BlackBerry for this on-demand premium music service application. Bluetooth headsets can also be used to control the app.

Over 200 genre-based stations are provided by the streaming radio service. Listeners are guided through a variety of music collections by Rhapsody's in-house music experts. Rhapsody's expansive music catalog is used to cull the music collections. All this content can be easily accessed by from the home screen. The home screen also features Search, My Playlists and New This Week.

An updated version of its iPhone (News - Alert) app has also been made available. This updated app will be available on iTunes. With just one click, iPhone users will now be able to download entire albums for offline playback.

The new application for BlackBerry users can be downloaded. The app will be soon available on BlackBerry App World. After a free seven-day trial, a Rhapsody subscription can be purchased for only $9.99 per month.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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