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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 Misty Dingos on 9/10/2009 4:22:23 PM , Rating: 3
A new group of Snobs was announced today.

The Bit Rate Snob.

Relative of the LP snob but with cheaper clothes.


RE: sound quality
By omnicronx on 9/10/2009 4:44:28 PM , Rating: 2
Hey.. if you like listening to music that sounds like the artist is performing in a tin can, knock yourself out ;)


RE: sound quality
By dflynchimp on 9/10/2009 6:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
There's already a name for that.

It's called audiophiles, and there are more of us than you'd think. I'm not too focused on what kind of audio encryption my music is in, but I can definitely say from experience that low quality MP3's detract from an artist's original work. Sure I can listen to it, maybe as background music, but given the choice I'll always choose a higher encryption because there's less noise, less stripped down sounds and a much better overall listening experience.


RE: sound quality
By Flunk on 9/11/2009 11:57:01 AM , Rating: 2
You can call yourself anything you want but it doesn't make it sensible or reasonable.

Also higher encoding => smaller files at lower bit rate so your argument doesn't make very much sense. Perhaps you are slightly confused.


RE: sound quality
By ipay on 9/12/2009 10:25:20 AM , Rating: 2
I think you meant "bit rate" instead of "encryption".


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