Good news Rhapsody fans; an app has finally been submitted to Apple. If approved, it will give iPhone/iPod Touch owners with a $15-a-month Rhapsody To Go account unlimited-streaming over Wi-Fi, 3G and Edge. Here's what it looks like in action:
Update: Rhapsody has been approved. More information.
The screenshot is courtesy of a Gdgt hands-on, which explains that "unlike Spotify's yet-to-be-released iPhone app, Rhapsody's app lacks offline capability." No local storage until version 2.0, apparently. Bummer.
Also worth noting: the free app won't support Rhapsody Unlimited subscribers ($12 a month).
Even if the app is approved (that is, Apple doesn't balk at competition to iTunes on its own device), you kinda get the feeling it'll be a tough sell beyond existing subscribers until they get the local storage sorted. In the meantime, the company plans a limited time free-trial, and an Android version. From its blog:
"We are working diligently on an Android app and once we're done there, we plan to turn our sights on more mobile platform and carrier app stores"
[Real Networks Blog and Gdgt]