Goodbye Napster. Goodbye Rhapsody.

I loved Napster. For about 10 bucks a month I could listen to whole albums, make playlists of my favorite songs, download albums for listening when I was in a, ahem, low signal area (thanks, AT&T). A week or so ago, without much notice (I seem to recall an email about a week before the transition, and I’m being kind calling it a “transition”), I was forced to convert over to Rhapsody. Today I dumped Rhapsody. Here’s why.

For starters, the interface to the Rhapsody App (I have an Android, but can’t imagine the UI for the iPhone app is much better) is TERRIBLE. I’m a techie, so I know my way around gadgets, and how to do stuff. But this interface is squirrelly. How do I pull up my music? Hm. My Playlists? Nope, that looks like someone else’s playlists, I don’t recognize any of these songs.

None of my previous searches were remembered. I tend to listen to the same artists (tried “My Artists” but the list was flooded with a bunch of artists I’d never listened to) a lot, and each time I wanted to pull up a different, say, ELO album, I had to go into Search and type in Electric Light Orchestra (don’t even think of typing in ELO, that didn’t work).

The player was very skippy (ever heard of buffering, guys?). Soooo distracting when listening to a song, and *skip* play *skip* play *skip*. Ugh.

I can flag albums as favorites, but finding them was a bit of a pain. Not very intuitive (did I mention how crappy the UI was, okay, though so).

I don’t know exactly why Napster folded into Rhapsody, but it didn’t result in a superior user experience (I’m sure the folks whose stock went up as a result are crying over this).

Goodbye, Napster. I’ll miss you.

Goodbye Rhapsody. This was great. We should do it again sometime. I’ll call you.

2 thoughts on “Goodbye Napster. Goodbye Rhapsody.

  1. After using Rhapsody for a month now (also a former Napster lover forced over to Rhapsody), I concur with this blog post of yours! In fact, my utter sense of loss caused me to do a google search for others, like you, that might be still mourning the loss of Napster.

    Rhapsody is no Napster. When Napster went legit years ago I eagerly signed on, a music addict, searching for something that might hit the spot musically and legally. Napster did it then and just got better up until it’s final days. I loved Napster for it’s open, community type feeling, great interface and reasonable pricing. Now, I’m STUCK with Rhapsody. Until something better (more Napster-like) comes around, I’ll stay the course with Rhapsody as an inferior replacement. Oh well.

    If anyone reads this and has a suggestion for a displaced Napster user and fan of many years, in terms of where to turn for my music fix, I’d greatly appreciate it. – MJ

  2. Mark J.
    Did you ever find that new service we Napster lovers are all mourning? Total agreement with both above blogs, terrible transition and service from rhapsody has been so inferior it is a joke to even compare to Napster. Anyone who can build a new napster-like service is going to be the next overnight sensation – find me the next one and I’m signing up!! Until then, I’m probably going to start buying the songs I love and humming the songs I like!

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