Rhapsody for Android review: Not as good as its desktop counterpart

Rhapsody (Android)

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4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Rhapsody offers an intuitive interface, a large song library, and caching for offline play.

The Bad Search function needs improvement. Social features available on desktop are missing from mobile app.

The Bottom Line The Rhapsody app is fantastic for listening to your favorite tracks on demand, but it's missing a few key features that desktop users readily enjoy.

8.6 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 9.0
  • Features and Support 7.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

Similar to services like Spotify or Rdio, Rhapsody lets you search for specific music tracks, artists, or albums, and play them on demand. This all-you-can-eat service is free to try for 14 days, but after that you'll have to upgrade to one of two different paid account tiers starting at $9.99 per month.

While Rhapsody's interface on Android isn't particularly attractive or clean, it is certainly intuitive. The Home page opens up to a few convenient shortcut tabs that lead to My Music, For You, Featured Albums, New Releases, and Popular, and the rest of the app's basic functions are housed in a nifty sliding navigation panel on the left side of the screen. Meanwhile, a search button and play controls live on the top and bottom of the screen, respectively, which makes it especially easy to find and play music, even if you're browsing deep within one of Rhapsody's menus.

To find music on Rhapsody, you can either tap a link on the Home page or use the slide-out menu to start browsing through new releases, popular content, staff picks, curated playlists, or genre and subgenre lists. All of the music is organized neatly into nesting menus so you can move forward or back out of any category with ease.

From the slide-out menu, you can also access Rhapsody's radio stations, which include genre-based stations as well as a few theme stations (think holiday hits or workout music). For the most part, the list is satisfying, but as of now, the service doesn't offer any news radio, sports broadcasts, or other nonmusic alternatives, which might be disappointing to some. If you find a station you like, you can add it to your favorites list for easy access later.

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