Rhapsody, the all you can eat music subscription service, has officially submitted their iPhone app to Apple for approval into the iTunes App Store. Since Rhapsody offers access to up to 8 million+ songs for a flat monthly fee it’s up for debate as to whether or not Apple will approve an application that competes directly with their iTune’s offering.
The app will work over WiFi, 3G and EDGE, though I’d imagine the latter of the three will deliver very poor sound quality thus negating any Gen 1 iPhone users from subscribing to the service. Much like Pandora and AOL Music apps, which are totally free, the Rhapsody app will only stream music – you can’t download any songs to your iPhone or iPod Touch – though you’ll have to be willing to plunk down $15/month to gain access to their library of tunes. Upon release of the app Rhapsody will offer a limited time trial.
I have a hard time believing that a Rhapsody app will sky rocket the service to similar levels of success like Pandora, but I’m not sure if that’s Rhapsody’s intentions at this point. They’ve also got plans to offer a similar app for Android devices, which might prove more successful since that Mobile OS is being offered across a variety of handsets and devices that aren’t tied to any one distribiture, such as Apple’s iPhone.
Video below of the Rhapsody app walk through.