Rhapsody Updates iPhone Offering Offline Playback


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Rhapsody has introduced a new version of its iPhone app that allows users to store subscription music in the phones memory and stream it when they don't have an Internet connection.

Rhapsody says it is the first U.S. service to allow people to download subscription music to the iPhone. By downloading playlists directly to the device, users can listen to Rhapsody from any location.

"Today marks a turning point for Rhapsody and subscription music," said Jon Irwin, Rhapsody's president.

"By making Rhapsody accessible anywhere people want to hear music -- and not just the places where they have an Internet connection -- we're giving music lovers a new way to discover and enjoy music on the devices they love."

Using the iPhone app requires a subscription to Rhapsody for either $10-per-month, which provides access to the music service on one mobile device or for $14.99 which provides access on up to 3 mobile devices.

Earlier this month, the company launched a mobile app for the Android platform. Rhapsody said it is developing a new mobile app for BlackBerry users that will launch this summer.