Finally users of the iPhone can try out a subscription service now that the Rhapsody app for the iPhone is out and available. It has some serious shortcomings, but nevertheless can give people a taste of how much fun these services can be. Perhaps at least some people will find that they don’t agree with Apple Dogma that people don’t want subscription services.
The two biggest shortcomings are the inability to locally store songs for access when out of 3G/Wifi signal range, and 64 kbps quality. (Even non-audiophiles tend to notice when it falls below 128 kbps or so.) Rhapsody has already made noises that the ability to locally store songs will be coming down the road, but I haven’t heard anything as definitive sounding for the quality.
In any case, if you don’t want to buy a separate player to sync with Zune, Rhapsody, or Napster, this at least will give you an idea of how much fun it can be to have essentially unlimited access to a huge library of songs.
It’ll also be interesting to see if and when Spotify comes to the U.S. In that case Rhapsody will have some serious competition, as that does currently have the ability to locally store up to 3000 songs, and I think also has better sound quality.
In any case, I’m eagerly awaiting my new Zune HD, which I should have in-hand in almost exactly two days. Until then, it’s time to play some Fallen Earth.