First look: Rhapsody for Android (beta)

Since Rhapsody has spun off from RealNetworks and Viacom/MTV, the subscription music service has gone down in price from $14.99 to $9.99, and its first app for Android has been released.

The service has thus far proven to be extremely popular on the iPhone/iPod touch, and has been downloaded more than 1.5 million times since debuting just about eight months ago. That application lets subscribers access Rhapsody's 8 million song database for streaming over 3G or Wi-Fi connections, they can make their own playlists or listen to commercial-free Rhapsody Radio programming.

The Rhapsody Android app is a welcome addition to the platform as there are still fewer music services for Android than there are for iPhone/iPod.

Rhapsody Android and iPod/iPhone side by side


Android's new Rhapsody beta app side by side with iPhone/iPod version 1.4

Rhapsody Android welcome screen


Rhapsody's welcome screen on Android.

Rhapsody Android Browse by genre screen


Browsing by genre on Rhapsody for Android.

Rhapsody Android artist info screen


Artist information on Rhapsody for Android.

Rhapsody Android Radio most popular


Rhapsody Radio on Android

Rhapsody Android "play" screen


Rhapsody's "play" screen on Android.

Rhapsody Android alert


The alert associated with Rhapsody playing in the background on Android.

Rhapsody for Android is available now in the Android market or directly from Rhapsody here.

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