Rhapsody has quietly released the beta of its app for Windows Phone 7, bringing its subscription-based music service to the Microsoft mobile platform. The company already offers apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

This is one area where the current lack of multitasking for third-party apps on Windows Phone 7 stands out as a glaring omission. Microsoft is promising to add the capability in a future Windows Phone update, but for now, users of Rhapsody and similar apps won’t be able to keep music playing in the background when checking email or doing anything else on the phone.

Rhapsody was spun off by RealNetworks and Viacom’s MTV Networks last year as an independent company, based in Seattle. It’s currently offering a special 60-day free trial, hoping to build more momentum in advance of the expected Spotify launch in the United States.

Subscription-based music remains a small niche, for now, but a recent report by ABI Research predicted a big jump in usage in the coming years, which would bode well for Rhapsody and others in the market. (Via CNet News)

WMPowerUser has a good first take on the Rhapsody app for Windows Phone — including this video — based on its early use.

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  • Joe Sack

    I’m not happy as an existing Rhapsody subscriber that it want’s me to pay an additional $10 per month for Rhapsody premium.

    • Music Lover

      There is only one subscription fee required for Rhapsody. $10 per month for 1 device and 1 PC, or $15 per month for 3 devices and 3 PCs. Mobile apps only require a subscription and they are free otherwise. You can create a free trial account to try all the features of Rhapsody for a limited time.

      If you are a subscriber, there is nothing more to pay.

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