What Is Rhapsody?


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Rhapsody is an Internet-based music and radio service. As of April 2015, users pay a monthly subscription fee of $4.99 to $9.99 for access to personalized radio stations and song downloads.

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What Is Rhapsody?
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The Rhapsody UnRadio plan costs $4.99 per month and allows users to create their own streaming radio stations based on their favorite artists. It is possible for users to skip songs. The Rhapsody Premier plan costs $9.99 per month and adds the ability to download individual songs or albums. A 14-day free trial is currently available for both of the plan types.

The service began in 2001 as the first online-streaming customizable radio station that offered unlimited access to a large song library for a flat monthly fee. By 2002 Rhapsody had licensed songs from all five of the major record labels of the time. Rhapsody was originally affiliated with RealNetworks, but went independent in 2010.

The service currently has a library of over 11 million songs. Users can browse by genre or artist, and also create and share custom playlists. The service can be accessed through Apple devices, Android devices, computers running Windows or car radios with Bluetooth. Sansa MP3 players can also download songs from the service.

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