Rhapsody, the popular music streaming service recently updated their blog with information about the latest update to their iPhone, iPod touch and iPad app. The latest version 2.0 adds ‘offline caching’ functionality and enables caching of playlist which can then be played without an active WiFi or 3G connection.
In the earlier version of Rhapsody for iPhone users could only stream music when they were connected to the internet. In version 2.0 now you will be able to download user created playlists and enjoy your favorite music offline.
Rhapsody for iPhone can be downloaded for free, however to enjoy the streaming service you will need a Rhapsody subscription account to access the downloads. You can either purchase the $10-per-month Rhapsody Premier plan which provides access on 1 mobile device or the $14.99 Rhapsody Premier Plus plan which provides access on up to 3 mobile devices.
Jon Maples, the product lead for Rhapsody said,
We think it’s a big step forward, but it’s just part of our effort to make Rhapsody all you need to hear your favorite music wherever you find yourself.
Other developments coming soon:
- The new iPhone app works on the iPad, but it is not optimized for the iPad UI. Rhapsody plans to release an iPad-optimized app later this year when Apple releases multitasking capabilities for the iPhone OS 4.0.
- Android users will be able to access offline caching in the next few months.
- Rhapsody is developing an app for BlackBerry users with plans to launch it this summer.
Offline Playback for Rhapsody iPhone App
Price: Free (iTunes Store)
Released: Apr 25, 2010
Size: 1.7 MB
Seller: Rhapsody International Inc
© 2010 Rhapsody International Inc.
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.