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Rhapsody compatible MP3 players

KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
edited May 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So I'm in the market for an MP3 player that will be compatible with a subscription based service. Obviously Zune would be the best option, but I'm on a mac, so that's out of the question.

So it looks like my only choice is using Rhapsody and a MP3 player compatible with that service and the mac. Anyone have any recomendations?

And how's Rhapsody? Is it worth the 15 bucks? I know they got the Greenday album early, so that's a good sign for me that they have recent music.

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  • Dark_SideDark_Side Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I've been a Rhapsody subscriber for years now, so I can give you both the good and the bad about it.

    The Good:
    Massive music database, most songs available for transfer to a device, very good about getting new indie music and so on. Overall, for streaming to a computer it's great, for devices it varies from good to bad.

    The Bad:
    It's Real, so already the programming is suspect. Though they aren't quite as "malware" about rhapsody as they were about Real player, they routinely muck up their code so bad that it can render your songs unplayable, or the time they screwed up their own database and I couldn't log into the system for a month. Support is non existent, you're better off going to their community support forums where the users themselves usually end up diagnosing and fixing problems. The problem seems to be the playsforsure drm they use. When Microsoft released the Zune, they completely abandoned playsforsure for something else, and Rhapsody's team has used this as a convenient scapegoat for their many code problems, trying to blame Microsoft and so on.

    It's a good service, but the headaches from diagnosing driver problems and so on can be ridiculous. That said I've mostly used Creative's mp3 players for their service, but if you go to Rhapsody's site, they have a list of all the players that will work with the service. Honestly I'd leave Rhapsody if I didn't have so much time and now music invested in it, I'm like a battered wife at this point.

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