I’m in love with the Rhapsody music service. A friend was having a birthday party and wanted “old-style lounge music” by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, and a couple of other crooners. We typed these names into Rhapsody and it made us a custom radio station playing songs by these folks. With one username/password it is possible to run Rhapsody on multiple computers, so I plugged my laptop into a stereo and we had the desired music for the entire party. So painless that you’d wonder why anyone would want to collect, inventory, and manage a music collection from iTunes or on physical media (unless you are a sound quality snob, in which case SACDs are nice).
Rhapsody is also good for serendipitous discovery of new music. Today, for example, I stumbled upon a track by “Nitty”. Rhapsody describes him as follows:
Nitty makes family-friendly rap music that can be enjoyed by little kids and older listeners alike.
The first sentence of his song (for little kids) contained the words “nigga” and “fuck”.Full post, including comments