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Rhapsody's music app just got approved, signalling that Apple is loosening its iPhone App Store policing.  (Source: Engadget)
Apple appears to be opening up the app store

Earlier this week Apple approved Spotify, a European music store application, for its iPhone.  Previously Apple had banned apps from the iPhone that competed with its own products, except for third-party browsers using the Webkit rendering engine.  Under federal scrutiny following Apple and AT&T's rejection of Google Voice, Apple is looking to at least appear a bit more open.

Now another music store app, this one from Real Networks' Rhapsody, has gone live.  The free app can be used with the service for a week on a trial Rhapsody-to-Go subscription, but after that it will cost $15 per month.

A subscription buys you access to 8 million tracks from the MTV and RealNetwork tie-up.  The upside is that you can stream these tracks over 3G or WiFi.  The downside is that they're streamed at extremely low quality -- 64 kbps.

If mobile music, regardless of the quality, is your cup of tea and you have an iPhone, the new Rhapsody app is welcome news.  At the very least, its a sign that Apple is taking a more relaxed stance with its App Store policing -- and that's good news for everyone.

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RE: sound quality
By MrBlastman on 9/10/2009 2:35:37 PM , Rating: 2
I find anything less than 192 kbps intolerable myself. 64 kbps would give me a headache and make my ears bleed.

Fortunately, I don't have to worry about this as I don't have an i-phone. Shoutcast ftw.

RE: sound quality
By PrinceGaz on 9/10/2009 2:55:40 PM , Rating: 5
I find anything less than uncompressed 24-bit audio at 192KHz sampling-rate intolerable. 192kbps would make my ears bleed, nose bleed, and cause me serious trauma for which I'd need extensive therapy to recover from.

RE: sound quality
By omnicronx on 9/10/2009 3:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
Hmmmm.. amazing.. How did you learn to use a computer? It must be hard being a dog and all..

RE: sound quality
By omnicronx on 9/10/2009 2:58:42 PM , Rating: 3
Hey I'm with you there, I've been using at least 192kbps rips for years. Of this could be AAC not mp3, which would be akin to either a 96/128kbps mp3.

There could still be a market out there though, and something gives me a feeling that this is an Apple restriction, not Rhapsody's.. 64kbps music does not undermine itunes in the slightest.

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