One of the more popular, on-demand music service platforms just launched an improved musical experience. Rhapsody makes discovering music faster and easier thanks to a new streamlined interface and rich social features.
Members can now tap into a huge music community where they can share, recommend and find music. Jon Irwin, the company’s president, spoke about their subscriber base composed of people who are passionate about music and who influence their friends’ music tastes. “Now they can connect to and influence like-minded people on Rhapsody, while sharing their musical discoveries with their friends on Facebook and Twitter.”
Taking a look at the new social features, members can create profiles of what they have been listening to, and browse the profiles of other members as well. Integration with Facebook Connect allows members to explore the musical tastes of Facebook friends, regardless of whether they are subscribers. I found sharing buttons makes it easier to like and link the artists, albums, playlists and tracks I found on Rhapsody.
You can even customize your status to reflect your music mood, and create your own URL to share your profile with others. Because nearly all the profile information is based on playback within Rhapsody, creating a new profile took me practically seconds. Members can also choose to remain anonymous, and opt out at any time.
The social music site launched several new features. The feature that caught my attention the most is “My Radio.” It’s really cool because you can tell a lot about a person based on their choice of music. So, introductions to other members are made sonically, through a mix of the most recently played songs of any member. You may discover another fan of the late Ernie Freeman or Billy May. Just push play and enjoy a stream of the songs of any profile you visit.
Some other cool social features that also caught my ear are “People” and “Sharing.” Both are truly social media at its best.
With “People” members can follow the musical journeys of others. It seems similar to “My Radio” but is different. Using the “follow” feature, it’s easy to keep track of what any member has been listening to, including their playlists, listening history and so forth. And you can view the top listeners of any artist or genre and discover even more music through their playback history and followers.
‘Sharing” is another feature that I like because it is about sharing your taste in music. This feature makes it so much easier with easy-to-use buttons that allow you to share the songs, artists and playlists you discover on Facebook, Twitter or e-mail throughout the Rhapsody service. “Like” an artist, album or playlist, and broadcast it in your Facebook feed and profile.
I have used Rhapsody through the years to help me do research on various artists. I have always been please with their platform. The new improvements create a more social media aspect where music lovers can meet and share their favorite artists.