Rhapsody is giving away music. I was able to listen to a dozen full-length songs today with no cost and no catch. According to this article at O’Reilly, anonymous users can listen to 25 songs per month (but no free repeats — the same song twice counts as two songs). No registration, no credit card.
It requires an ActiveX control or a Firefox plugin, but that’s a small price to pay for totally free music with no registration required.
It’s good business too. By giving away music, they got me to use their site quite a bit, and I have to say, it’s well done. I’m tempted to subscribe — $10 a month to have any song I want on my desktop while I’m working? That’s not a bad deal at all.
No, you don’t get to keep the music like with iTunes, but I don’t much care. In my experience, managing iTunes music is a pain anyway — my wife still has to log in under my Windows account to listen to music I bought. We’ve tried to move them around, but they still won’t appear under her iTunes, no matter what we do.
So, Rhapsody is essentially a radio station that will play anything I want, whenever I want. Would I pay $10 a month for this? Yeah, I probably would. In fact, I probably will.