Rhapsody - Anyone understand their subscriptions?

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  1. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    So I figured I'd give them a shot. My daugter likes being able to play anything at any time, and it's convenent.

    But I also want to be able to bring music with me. And sometimes I might want to buy it.

    So I checked out Rhapsody's site. They have two plans, one called "To Go" and one called "Ultimate". You'd think "Ultimate" would include everything, but it's $13/month, and "To Go" is $15/month. Huh?

    I'd like to:
    1) Play Rhapsody on my Tivo
    2) Download unlimited music to my MP3 player (I'll buy a Rhapsody one)
    3) Burn to CD once in a while (is this a song purchase?)

    Anyone know how this works? (Note: The Tivo URL seems to be "Ultimate".)
     
  2. YazooWho

    YazooWho New Member

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    They have basically 2 memberships that you would need to worry about.

    Unlimited: $12.99/mth or less if you pay for a year in advance. Gives you access to everything Rhapsody offers (i.e. entire catalog, radio, online and playable on PC)

    Rhapsody to Go: $14.99/mth is everything above AND the ability to transfer songs onto a portable player.

    If you already own a MP3 player or getting a new one, I would suggest to look at ReplayMusic software, instead of getting the "To Go" plan. I use it all the time with Rhapsody to get my mp3's for my Ipod.

    You can purchase songs for $0.89 to burn onto discs if you like but if you have the mp3's already with ReplayMusic, then you don't need to do that.
     
  3. brnscofrnld

    brnscofrnld where is this place?

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    I just picked up one of the Sandisk Sansa's for Rhapsody from Bestbuy and it's pretty nice. The best feature, IMO, is the channels options. It will load songs to the MP3 player from channels that they have as well as a custom one that you can create. I'm talking 4+ hours of music for each channel. It will also update the thing for you when you go to sync it.

    Figured it would be good for the gym. Get a large mix of music that will never be the same.

    Easy to use, and you get 3 months free (if you provide a credit card, 2 if you don't) of the Rhapsody to go option.
     
  4. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    So here's tthe response I got from Rhapsody. Note the Tivo comment at the end:

    I must say, I'm still confused. Here's what I think I've learned:

    1) "To Go" is really their "Ultimate" package, giving you everything they have. Songs are still ~$1 if I want to download them.

    2) Only Rhapsody players will work with the subscription side, otherwise I need to pay to download the song.

    Some additional questions:
    a) When I buy a song, is it MP3? Is it DRM'd in any way after I pay for and download it? Do I have to burn it to a CD to remove the DRM?

    b) ReplayMusic mentioned above - isn't this useless with the subscription side of Rhapsody? That would only be useful if all I did was pay for songs, right? Or am I missing something?

    c) Is there any Rhapsody portable player that also has a built-in FM transmitter? How do most of you integrate it into your car?

    d) Do the Rhapsody players support "resume last position", so if I have a PodCast MP3 on there (that I downloaded myself), and I play a song, can I resume the PodCast where it left off?

    Thanks for all the help!
     
  5. bkdtv

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  6. YazooWho

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    My guess from the csr's email is that they are refering to portable devices that are compatible with Rhapsody to Go and couldn't find "Tivo" on the list.

    As for Replay Music, this is not useless at all. I found this software a little while ago and use it all the time together with Rhapsody. I have an Ipod and play my mp3's that I ripped from my personal collection. I have been using Rhapsody for a long time but since the Ipod is not compatible with Rhapsody to go, I found another solution to use my Ipod with Rhapsody. Hence ReplayMusic. The players that are optimized for Rhapsody would be cool, but since myself and my daughters all have Ipods...

    What it does is captures the stream on your sound card and then automatically tags and converts them into mp3's. I then can use the mp3 files wherever I like. For personal use of course.
     
  7. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    If I pause a song, go to another song, then come back, will it pick up where I left off?

    This is less important with songs, but very important with PodCasts, which can be an hour or longer. If I want to listen to some of a podcast, then play some music, I need to be able to come back to the podcast where I left off.

    More than just pause/resume - makes sense? Anyone know if the Sansa 250R supports this?
     
  8. bkdtv

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    No, the E250R will not.

    I doubt it, but don't know for sure.
     
  9. 20TIL6

    20TIL6 BaDoop BaDoop BaDoop

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    Thanks for starting this discussion; this is good information. I think my 1st generation shuffle is about to die, so I am in the market for a new player. I'd like to free myself from the Apple monopoly in this space.

    I am seriously considering a Rhapsody subscription. I've been playing around with the trial service as integrated on the TiVo. It's pretty neat.

    The iRiver Clix 8GB device has my attention so far.
     
  10. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    Do you know if that has a resume play feature like I describe above? iPod/iTunes does this, and apparently the new Zune's will as well.
     
  11. 20TIL6

    20TIL6 BaDoop BaDoop BaDoop

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    Is there any loss of quality when you do this? I have a fair amount of songs that I have purchased from iTunes. Most of my song files are ripped from my CDs (I chose AAC, I think, but they are not protected). I think I can play my AAC files ripped from my CD's on most of the players (non iPod). The purchased songs from iTunes I know would only work on Ipods.

    I'd like to somehow make all my song files playable on other players than iPods. The ones purchased from iTunes, and the ones ripped from CD (if necessary). But I would like to keep from losing sound quality.
     
  12. bkdtv

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    If it were me, I would probably wait to see how the new Zunes turn out before buying one of these players. They're about a month off.

    Microsoft has a similar subscription service for the Zune, and the Zune Flash looks like a nicer player than the Sansa E250R. I also understand that Microsoft will have a car mount for the Zune Flash with a built-in FM transmitter.

    I have never used Microsoft's subscription service so I don't know how whether it has anything comparable to Rhapsody's dynamically updating playlists, channels, etc.
     
  13. YazooWho

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    The quality is great. You can set it to record the mp3 at either 128,192,256, or 320kpbs. It will basically take any audio that is currently being played on the soundcard and capture that. I have played back the mp3's I created on everything from the car stereo to my home theater (via Ipod) and they sound great.

    My girls figured out that they can record the audio from YouTube videos and then play them back on their Ipods.
     
  14. andyw715

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    "..Is there any loss of quality when you do this?..."

    The music is in a lossy format to begin with so yes, capture and create mp3 will result in some loss of quality. Really depends on what you will be playing it on.

    ...small personal stereo or iPod like device, probably not a big deal unless the sample rate is really low.

    ...decent home theater, yes, a big deal to those who have an ear for or care about music reproduction.

    Although even ripping a cd to mp3 results in quality loss due to the fact that the cd is compressed audio already.
     
  15. jcthorne

    jcthorne Well-Known Member

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    Takeing the downloaded files from Rapsody and playing them through a program to convert them to MP3 format is removal of the DRM. It is illegal and even its discussion is a felony. Not to mention a violation of the rules of this site, set to protect it and keep TivoCommunity going. I am not a moderator but warn you that discussion of removal or circumvention of DRM on copyrighted files will get folks in trouble. There are sites on the net where you can learn about such things. This one is not one of them.

    Lets talk about how to use Rhapsody or other music services within the limitations of the service. Some services are better in this respect than others and deserve such consideration.
     
  16. YazooWho

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    I was wondering how long before it would take someone to start questioning ReplayMusic and how it's "Illegal". For the record as a long time Tivo and Rhapsody user, I wanted to pass along information that will enhance their usage.

    ReplayMusic does not remove any DRM from files that you download. All it does is capture the streaming audio (much like a dvr captures video) and then converts into another format. This is then in turned used for my personal use.

    Further reading ... http://www.replay-music.com/legal.php

    On another note.. I'm still waiting for my Rhapsody feature to be installed on my Tivo... hint hint.
     
  17. 20TIL6

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    I don't know if it has that feature. I've been looking over the iRiver site, and I know CNET reviewed it. If I find out, I'll share.
     
  18. jcthorne

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    The discussion of how to circumvent DRM is just as illegal and off topic here as removal. Two means to the same end and the law clearly covers both. I hate defending this stuff as I HATE DRM. But the law is what it is and TivoComunity is a valued resource in danger where this discussion is headed.

    ReplayMusic and several other pieces of software that accomplish the same thing are not legal for sale in the US. Please let folks that wish to discuss this go to other offshore websites set up for that purpose and keep Tivo Community forums out of it.

    I am NOT in favor of DRM, just IN FAVOR of keeping the Tivo Community alive. This is dangerous ground and has killed other web sites that were also very useful and brushed too close to the law.

    I'll bow out from here. If the moderators want to step in they will I suppose. No one here wants to run a foul of the law, agree with it or not. i was just pointing it out.
     
  19. AbMagFab

    AbMagFab What happened, TiVo?

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    Now I'm more confused...

    So if all I want to do is pay a monthly fee to Rhapsody, and download as many songs as I want (no CD burning), can I use *any* "Plays4Sure" player? Can I use the new Zune's?

    And the only thing the Rhapsody-specific players add (to regular PLays4Sure players) is the Rhapsody channel synching?

    Or do I need a Rhapsody-specific player for any Rhapsody subscription downloading?
     
  20. greg_burns

    greg_burns Now in HD

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    Latest MaximumPC (Vol12 No12 p.38) says even the new Zune's coming this holiday season still are not Play4Sure. :rolleyes:
     

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