These days it seems like Rhapsody has jumped across more platforms than the Super Mario Bros. The music streaming service is readying itself to make yet another big push in the form of Smart TVs, bringing its app to sets made by LG, Panasonic and Samsung. According to the company, this version was tweaked to bring a "visually rich" UI for big displays and quick playback. Also on board are radio stations, curated playlists and recommendations. It'll be arriving in the "coming months," along with an Xbox Live launch that's due out before year's end.
Rhapsody Brings a Jukebox to Your Living Room via LG, Panasonic and Samsung Smart TVs
Rhapsody today announced that it is now available on LG, Panasonic and Samsung Smart TVs as the company executes on its strategy to be everywhere its members are listening to music.
"Our goal is to be within arm's reach for our customers so they can enjoy anytime, anywhere access to the music that matters most to them. For many of our customers, the living room and the TV are the focal point for digital media consumption," said Paul Springer, SVP product and design, Rhapsody. "With these launches, Rhapsody expands its reach on the most popular Smart TV platforms, with more coming."
According to NPD's Smart TV Shipment and Forecast Report, 20 percent of televisions shipped this year will be smart TVs. Topology Research reports that's 53 million units, approximately 75 percent more than the number of smart TVs shipped in 2010.
The Rhapsody TV apps are optimized to facilitate convenient, fast playback with a visually rich interface that maximizes high-definition displays.
"Our customers tell us they use Rhapsody differently on their television than they do on their PC, smartphone or tablets," said Springer. "So, we prioritized features such as radio stations, favorite tracks, editorial and customer-curated playlists as well as new releases and recommendations. With Rhapsody for your Smart TV, you get the right music, right now, right in your living room."
Rhapsody will also be available on Sharp Smart TVs within the coming months, and Microsoft recently announced that the Rhapsody music service will be part of Xbox Live, launching later this year.