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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 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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