There's some great news for music lovers who use the Rhapsody music service; the service is no longer controlled by Real Networks and it has changed its music subscription plans to offer more value for less money. In addition to these new plans, which are more friendly to households who want to share music, subscribers can download an official Android app and will soon be able to download songs for playback without an Internet connection.
The newly revamped plans are Rhapsody Premier and Rhapsody Premier Plus, which run $9.99 and $14.99 a month respectively. Both allow for unlimited online listening, unlimited home listening and will include offline subscription playback soon. The only real difference is in the number of devices you can use to listen to music on the go. With Premier, you can listen on one phone and one mp3 player and with the Premier Plus plan you can listen on up to 3 devices and up to 3 MP3 players. You should note that you won't be able to listen on more than one mobile device, home audio system or computer at one time.
The top-of-the-line plan is still the same price as the Rhapsody-To-Go service that used to be required to allow for transfer to an MP3 player or listening on a smartphone, but the new higher limits make this even better for a family to share. The new Rhapsody Premier plan adds mobile listening, which was not part of the cheaper subscription plans, and makes it a perfect fit for me. Both plans include access to over 9 million songs spanning all genres and generations.
My wife and I love different music and like to listen to a lot of it so it made sense for us to use the old expensive Rhapsody-To-Go plan and pay $15 a month so that we could stock up our mp3 players and listen at work. Thanks to the new Rhapsody Premier plan, though, we can do everything we used to do for $5 less a month. That's $60 less a year that we can spend on purchasing DRM free music for the artists we really enjoy.
If you are on an old plan, you'll need to manually switch to the new plan that best fits you in order to start saving or using more devices. The process is a bit odd if you are already a member because you have to click the "Try It Free" option, be denied a free trial and then sign in and re-enter your credit card information. But, it only takes about 5 minutes and I'm already listening to my latest Rhapsody playlist on my Droid.
More tunes at lower cost with new Rhapsody music plan