Rhapsody app for Microsoft's Xbox 360 now available

Microsoft keeps adding to the number of media apps available for Xbox 360 owners to try out. Today, it was revealed that the Rhapsody app is now accessible for owners of the game console.

Rhapsody's press release says that current subscribers to the music streaming service will be able to use the new Xbox 360 app, as well as subscribers of the paid Xbox Live Gold service. The app also works with the voice recognition and motion gesture support that are part of the optional Kinect hardware add-on.

The service currently has over 16 million songs in its online catalog. Rhapsody adds:

Like Rhapsody’s apps for Smart TVs, the Xbox 360 app will make it easy to quickly find and play your favorite music, with radio, new releases, popular albums and member playlists featured prominently. Listeners have access to the entire Rhapsody catalog, as well as featured editorial stations that are hand-crafted by Rhapsody’s expert staff.

Microsoft started adding third party media app support to the Xbox 360 with the Netflix app a few years ago and since then the company has been adding more and more apps from Hulu, ESPN, Amazon Video, HBO Go and many more. There are rumors that Microsoft is working on a stand alone media streaming hardware box for launch in 2013.

Source: Rhapsody | Image via Rhapsody

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Netflix is more popular on PS3 than Xbox 360.

Gold subs need to stop, it might have been okay in the early days when PC gaming was all over the place and when media apps were breaking through but now it's a complete joke. I think it does more harm than good to the Xbox platform. Why release an app for Xbox Live when only a third at most of users will even get to use it. Microsoft will be left behind once again as they snooze behind the wheel.

WooHoo!!! said,
Netflix is more popular on PS3 than Xbox 360.

Gold subs need to stop, it might have been okay in the early days when PC gaming was all over the place and when media apps were breaking through but now it's a complete joke. I think it does more harm than good to the Xbox platform. Why release an app for Xbox Live when only a third at most of users will even get to use it. Microsoft will be left behind once again as they snooze behind the wheel.

I pay for my electricity, should i expect my internet free? no.
I pay for my internet, should i expect Netflix free? No. So why should i expect XBL to be free?
It's a services led world my friend, so either pay up or find an alternative.

Apparently the app approval process is slow as heck. Crunchyroll.com reported in september their Xbox media app was awaiting approval.

Microsoft needs to get their act together and release apps that are relevant not for has been media producers. What is this the late 90s? Rhapsody? are they gonna release a Real player app next week?

Seriously, Microsoft is doing an amazing job with Xbox. I own both a PS3 and Xbox and the leaps that Microsoft has took in terms of turning the device into a all around entertainment device beats Sony by a huge margin. The 360 now doesn't even resemble what it was on release.

xstex said,
Seriously, Microsoft is doing an amazing job with Xbox. I own both a PS3 and Xbox and the leaps that Microsoft has took in terms of turning the device into a all around entertainment device beats Sony by a huge margin.

But why do I need Gold AND Rap account??? Xbox is stupid for asking users to pay twice for services, with Netflix being a prime example. Even Microsoft's own Xbox Music Passs requires TWO subscription.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

But why do I need Gold AND Rap account??? Xbox is stupid for asking users to pay twice for services, with Netflix being a prime example. Even Microsoft's own Xbox Music Passs requires TWO subscription.

Well if the rumors are correct and they're going to release an "Xbox Lite" next year for apps and acrade games only (TV set top box?) I can't see people wanting to buy it if you require a Gold subscription.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

But why do I need Gold AND Rap account??? Xbox is stupid for asking users to pay twice for services, with Netflix being a prime example. Even Microsoft's own Xbox Music Passs requires TWO subscription.

From one point you are right but from another side these services are in a sense riding on the Live service itself, which has costs of it's own. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the service going forward and if things change much when/if they come out with a lower end tv set-top box type device just for the media and casual arcade game consumers out there.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

But why do I need Gold AND Rap account??? Xbox is stupid for asking users to pay twice for services, with Netflix being a prime example. Even Microsoft's own Xbox Music Passs requires TWO subscription.

Because that's just how it is, to quote Major Nelson "Since launching Xbox LIVE in 2002 we have continually added more content and entertainment experiences for our members, [...] an Xbox LIVE Gold membership will continue to offer the best value in the industry. " Don't like it? Don't use it. or move to PS or Wii. Good Luck!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

But why do I need Gold AND Rap account??? Xbox is stupid for asking users to pay twice for services, with Netflix being a prime example. Even Microsoft's own Xbox Music Passs requires TWO subscription.

It really depends how you look at it though. I've always paid for Xbox live for gaming, so it isn't like paying twice for me. However I totally get your point if someone isn't a big gamer.

GP007 said,

From one point you are right but from another side these services are in a sense riding on the Live service itself, which has costs of it's own. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the service going forward and if things change much when/if they come out with a lower end tv set-top box type device just for the media and casual arcade game consumers out there.

These services don't use any Live backbone at all. They are literally just apps on Xbox 360. XBL Gold requirement for these apps is a pure money grab from Microsoft and I say that as a Gold member (but I actually play games and don't mind it).