While services like Spotify and Rdio may steal the spotlight most of the time, there are other streaming subscription services out there. Related: we need a better name than "streaming subscription services." Rhapsody, originally founded by Real Networks and since become an independent entity, has a pretty impressive library that users can now download for offline playback. An essential feature for a modern cloud music player. Update: To clarify, it's the ability to download songs on an individual or per-album basis that is new. Users were always able songs by adding them to a playlist first. This simply makes the process simpler.

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In addition, users can designate exactly where they would like their tracks to be stored. So, gone are the days of wondering whether your music is being kept on your SD card or internal storage. Questions about whether or not having multiple locations to place data causes user confusion aside, the fact is that many devices are in this situation whether consumers like it or not. So it's nice that Rhapsody is at least making it easier to deal with.

Rhapsody usually costs $9.99 per month for access, though right now you can get the first three months for $5. New users can sign up for the service on the site here, or through the app itself via the widget below.

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  • Dan

    Wow. So my Android phone will actually be as functional as my $30 Sansa Clip. Thanks Rhapsody. FINALLY!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leslie-Hoerwinkle/1800835502 Leslie Hoerwinkle

      Try viewing album art or reading descriptions on your Sansa Clip.

  • Slighter

    Used this for years since my ex torched my everything audio, even cassette mixes. Yeah I'm old.
    Before andy next to my winmo Q was a creative zen M just for this. The download option is icing on the cake of my go to music app. PC, tablet or phone all my everything is there. Everywhere.

  • Chad Ashcroft

    I've had this download option for well over 1 year now with the rhapsody app. Not sure why it's a "feature" now? I download all my music incase my wonderful thunderturd craps its 4g data connection out.

    • Kiamat

      You could only save playlists offline. You could save individual tracks and albums, yes, but you had to add them to a playlist first. Now you can do them individually without having to create a playlist.