Rhapsody has started to suck. Why? And what are my options?
I'm a long-time Rhapsody user, for a number of reasons. It's got a pretty huge music library, and it included a lot of really obscure indie stuff that I love. I'm a voracious new music listener; I'll try out dozens of albums a month, listen to most of them once, a few of them twice, and a handful will go into my regular rotations. Rhapsody was perfect for me; it let me try everything, and keep going back to the stuff that I like without breaking my budget.
I have it on a laptop at work, an MP3 player in my car, my phone, my tablet... it was an almost-ideal music solution.
Lately, though, the obscure albums that I love and went back to a lot have been disappearing. Bands like the Scotland Yard Gospel Choir
are gone altogether; Mojave 3's Out Of Tune
album has vanished. Recently, one of Rhapsody's recommendations for me was a new album called All The Little Lights
by Passenger; it disappeared two days after they recommended it. Bic Runga's new album
(I know, it's apparently not great, I still want to try it) never showed up. More and more tracks from really small artists are pay to play.
And now, I've found that Holopaw's absolutely magnificent album Oh, Glory. Oh, Wilderness.
has fallen into Rhapsody's musical pit of despair; I can neither stream it nor pay for it. I'm aghast.
So, if there's anyone who's in the know about the inner workings of Rhapsody, is there any hope that that this will get better? Are we in the middle of contract negotiation season with the labels, or is it an indication of the erosion to come?
And, since I've been happily buried in Rhapsody up until now, I'm really out of the loop on streaming services. Is there something better out there for dedicated obscure indie fans with long memories like me? Oh, I should mention; I despise iTunes, I can't afford to buy everything I like, I refuse to pirate because I really want to give at least something back to the artists I love, and I'd really like whatever I end up with to have an Android app.