Rhapsody vs. iTunes

I think I might be entering a new phase in my music listening. I listen to a ton of music, on my iPhone, on my computer, in my car, all the time. And up to now it’s always been downloaded (purchased) music that I organize manually within iTunes.  From time to time I’ve had subscriptions to eMusic and similar services.

As a result I have a huge number of tracks on my computer and on my iPhone. And as my music taste develops, and I discover new artists and composers, lots of those tracks are listened to rarely.

The alternative services like Rhapsody, which has been around for a while. But I didn’t like the idea of paying $10 per month to ‘rent’ music to listen to. Without owning it I would ‘lose’ the music if I ever cancelled the subscription. I would be tied to this $10 subscription forever.

Lately I’ve been trying the various streaming products like Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog, and various others. From those that I’ve tried I still like Rhapsody the best. Rhapsody is the only one that organizes music into genres so that I can browse through for example, 20th Century Classical. The other ones seem to be focused more on current popular music, which I don’t really listen to.

And I feel a sea-change coming in my own listening. I am really liking Rhapsody. I am playing more variety. Yes, even among my 10,000 or so tracks on my disk I was finding myself repeating the stuff I liked best. With Rhapsody I can go spelunking through a category I don’t know that well (e.g. Jazz Blues) and discover new music. I can have a playlist playing all afternoon of music that I like that I never heard before.

And who cares about ‘owning’ a track anyway?

0 thoughts on “Rhapsody vs. iTunes

  1. I’m in the same boat. I’m having a hard time discovering new music. I try and listen to a lot of off-beat internet radio (like radioparadise.com). I’m surprised you didn’t mention Pandora in your list. For $36/year you get unlimited streaming radio, and it’s done by genre, artist, song, etc. It’s not bad, but I haven’t made the leap to premium yet. It is only streaming though. Does Rhapsody let you download tunes?BTW, I also just replaced my homegrown zoned audio system with some Sonos equipment. It’s opened up music again for me and my family. Plus, it easily supports all these streaming services. I’m digging it.

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