You misunderstood me.
The $15 fee is simply for subscription tracks, and you get unlimited downloads to your device, and can keep the track indefinitely as long as you maintain your subscription and renew the license once every 30 days (and the artist/label makes the track available for subscription…That’s the biggie).
If you pay .99 for the track you own it. It is DRM free 256Kbit MP3, and once you purchase it, it is yours.
IMHO the biggest advantage of Rhapsody over I-Tunes is that I-Tunes is purchase only… Rhapsody gives you a choice. For $15 a month I can rent access to over 5 million tracks and sample all types of music I normally wouldn’t purchase unheard. If I like what I hear, then I have the option to keep that music by purchasing it.
If you are simply interested in purchasing music, you can do that through rhapsody without a subscription. You can sign up for a free account and purchase to your hearts content. Rhapsody has gone fully DRM free on it’s purchased tracks, so all your purchases are DRM free high quality 256kps MP3’s
Think of Rhapsody as kind of like Netflix for Music. For a subscription fee, I can “rent” a title and keep it as long as I like (no late fees (grin)) as long as I maintain my subscription. Rhapsody also allows me to purchase the track, after which it is mine, and I can keep it, burn it, move it, etc. forever. Even after I cancel my subscription.
So the easiest comparison is that Rhapsody is like a mix between Netflix and I-tunes… I can “rent” or “buy”. It really is IMHO the best of both worlds. I like to continually listen to new music, but I’m not willing to purchase every new track that gets played on the radio. So with Rhapsody I can keep abreast of new music constantly without having to buy individual tracks or albums. When I discover an Artist I really like, then I can purchase it and keep it forever.
As you may have guessed, Rhapsody integration, is one of my primary reasons for preferring the Fuze over the Ipod. Until apple offers a similar plan, I’ll be sticking with Sansa’s or Zune’s (Zune market place is similar in concept to Rhapsody, but you need at least one Zune…)
Message Edited by p_opus on 01-14-2009 06:25 AM