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Rhapsody is a comprehensive music downloads site with a decent array of payment plans to suit your needs. It proudly boasts a “gigantic catalogue” of over 16 million songs which is updated each week with new albums and singles, whilst also being updated with the biggest hits as they reach the stores. It’s accessible, too, from a variety of devices and the more expensive options allow you to use it on several devices, a potential money saver if you are a multi-cell phone kinda person! The basic package is enough for most, though, and allows you unrestricted access to its music.
Rhapsody lets you browse by genre, radio, new releases, charts and mixes. Searches are also filterable based on top matches, artist matches, album matches and track matches. That said, the results can appear a little dull without the album covers helping you to identify the one you’re after. If you discover a track you love and want to download it then you’ll have to start paying out for it, and Rhapsody’s store isn’t the cheapest around, with albums coming in at around $10-13. This might not necessarily be an issue, though, if you’re not interested in ‘owning’ the songs, particularly if you can access it on several devices.
Sharing music is an element at play in Rhapsody’s mind. You can share your songs with your friends on Facebook, or follow what they’ve been listening to. Building your own playlists is a fun way of doing this and – unlike some ‘radio-style’ sites - you are not forced into listening to any music you don’t want to. Rhapsody does have radio stations if you’re interested in them, though, ad-free, and this can be a great way to hear tracks. If you’re sure you love an artist’s work then you can listen to a station just based on them and similar-sounding artists, otherwise you can leave your music-luck to fate and opt for the “genre” or “theme” based stations. You can also become more involved in the music scene by reading the various interviews and blogposts provided by their staff, which is a good way of keeping your finger on the pulse of modern music. It’s help section is also pretty reliable and they have several ways to contact them if you have any problems.
Rhapsody has some drawbacks, though. It isn’t the cheapest music downloads site out there and ads do appear if you don’t have the more expensive packages. Whether or not it’s worth paying the extra dollars to access Rhapsody from multiple devices is up to you. In theory you could have your whole family using one account, though you’d have to keep separate play lists (assuming you don’t have the same tastes in music as the rest of your family) and be careful that mischievous fingers don’t accidentally change your settings.
To conclude, Rhapsody is a flexible, if slightly expensive site. The amount of tracks it has is impressive but the download costs can be offputting. If you’re interested in variety and the sheer amount of music available then this might very well be a good site for you. Give the trials a whirl and see where they take you.
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