There's certainly no doubt that Rhapsody usually caters to the Android crowd first, before eventually taking its on-demand goods elsewhere. Now, not long since completely redesigning its official application on Mountain View's mobile OS, the music service announced its newest application, dubbed SongMatch (powered by Gracenote). As the name would adequately tell us, Rhapsody's app will make it relatively simple to learn more about previously-unknown tunes, with SongMatch offering a one-click feature which can quickly identify music info such as the artist, song and, naturally, the name of the album -- you know, similar to what you might see on apps like Shazam and SoundHound. SongMatch is available as a gratis download on the Play and Amazon stores, and Rhapsody's quick to point out that the app will be great for current subscribers as well as newcomers who may not have an account -- that said, the company is hoping to lure some people in, adding that SongMatch is indeed "a great way to introduce new music fans to Rhapsody."
Rhapsody Launches Music Apps Strategy with Rhapsody SongMatch for Android
The on-demand music service is developing a suite of apps to make music discovery more fun and convenient
SEATTLE-December 5, 2012-Rhapsody kicked off its mobile utility apps strategy today with the launch of Rhapsody SongMatch™, a new free application that allows music listeners to discover music with one click. Rhapsody
SongMatch ™ uses your phone to listen to the song that is currently playing – in the background, on the TV, in the car, café or wherever – and identifies the artist, song name and album for music fans to match, store and share.
Free to download and use for anyone, Rhapsody subscribers can also listen and download full tracks of matched songs or dive deep into the album, artist catalog or discover similar artists. For convenience, all matched songs are automatically stored and saved as a playlist for future access. Non-subscribers can also start a hassle-free Rhapsody trial.
"Our customers are music lovers who tell us they use a variety of mobile apps to solve their listening needs and discover new music," said Paul Springer, senior vice president, worldwide product and design, Rhapsody. "But they get frustrated with advertisements and the lack of full playback. We built Rhapsody SongMatch to seamlessly integrate with our core experience to connect the fun and convenience of mobile apps with full on-demand playback for both subscribers and new customers."
The company is working on additional purpose-built music apps that are free and complementary to Rhapsody's premium on-demand music service.
"SongMatch is a great way to introduce new music fans to Rhapsody," said Springer. "We'll continue to focus on using over a decade's worth of experience to solve customer challenges in discovering and playing the right music, right now."
Rhapsody teamed with the metadata mavens at Gracenote to power the music recognition feature of SongMatch. The Gracenote technology works by "listening" to a few seconds of a song and matching it to its unique audio fingerprint in the Gracenote database. It takes only a few moments for the Gracenote technology to recognize the artist, track and album, letting Rhapsody subscribers to quickly add music to their library and playlists.
Rhapsody SongMatch is available on Android with other platforms launching in the future. It is available in the Google Play Android store or Amazon App Store. For more information, visit www.rhapsody.com/songmatch.
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