Rhapsody in Blue: A Farewell Song

It’s over. It’s been over. It’s been over for a long time. A very long time. But to this day, I’m still a paying customer.

At $9.99 a month, I figure that I’ve put in nearly 1000 bucks over the years. And it’s not like better alternatives don’t exist now. It’s just that the pain of switching over is higher than the ease of staying put. My Squeezebox in the kitchen works with my Rhapsody account and is outdated and doesn’t stream from Rdio or Spotify. So that’s that. Well, that and loyalty. I still remember when Real broadcast that first Internet stream of South Park. It was revolutionary at the time. And I had such high hopes.

Then I started to meet people at Real and I started to get the inside scoop on Glaser. And then they launched that branded San Disk player with Rhapsody to Go. (Did I really pay $15 a month for that??)  Anyone remember that one?

And this was still before the failed MTV partnership. What a clusterflux that turned out to be. I refused to ever log in the UI was so bad. Hideous is more appropriate. But I still stuck with them even though the ship had already sunk. Spotify was only in Europe at the time.

And now. And now? Even with the ousters, the writing is on the wall and it’s too little too late. But I’m still loyal. And still lazy.

Anyone know of a simple way to port my saved library and playlists? Anyone remember WinAmp? It’s hard to get over things that should have been.

Read more of the Rhapsody details here: Eclipsed by rivals, Rhapsody reduces staff and ousts key managers | The Verge.

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Mike Dias is a Sales Director for Logitech. He specializes in consumer electronics & pro audio with an expertise in headphones & portable audio. He has over 15 years of experience selling custom handcrafted in-ear monitors.

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