US-based music-streaming service Rhapsody has announced that it will be available on smart TVs from three manufacturers, with more brands to be included in the coming months.
Rhapsody is officially available on four brands of smart TVs.
Music-streaming service Rhapsody has announced that it is now available on smart TVs from LG, Panasonic and Samsung, with Sharp and Xbox available in coming months.
Although the announcement came yesterday, the service has been available on Panasonic and LG for a few months. Samsung is new with today's announcement. We're not surprised that Sony TVs are on the list, as it supports the competing Sony Entertainment Network's music service. It should be noted that Rhapsody is currently available to the US only at this time, and the availability of the app on the TVs reflect this.
The new app appears to be different from earlier versions, with an updated interface. The company also said that based on user feedback, it will work differently compared with how it works on the PC or other apps, by prioritizing features such as radio stations, favourite tracks, recommendations and playlists.
Rhapsody is a subscription service that offers a selection of 16 million tracks. It is already available on most smartphones and tablets (iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Android), and devices like Sonos and the Logitech UE.
"Our goal is to be within arm's reach for our customers, so they can enjoy anytime, anywhere access to the music that matters most to them. For many of our customers, the living room and the TV are the focal point for digital media consumption," said Paul Springer, Rhapsody's SVP of product and design.
Neither Rhapsody nor the manufacturers have yet announced which years' televisions will be eligible for the download, but we will update when we have more information.
In comparison, competitor Pandora has free apps for Panasonic, Samsung and Sony TVs starting in 2012, and all major manufacturers, bar LG, for 2011 models.