Website review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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On-demand service provides unlimited listening, for a price.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this streaming music site doesn't incorporate a large social-networking component, but it does allow kids to listen to and purchase their favorite songs. Though you can share playlists with friends, the service lacks other networking features like blogs and pairings with similar users. Parents should also remain aware that users can access explicit versions of songs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 6, and 10-year-old Written byscarter92 November 19, 2014

Parental controls do not work under any circumstance.

I joined specifically to write this first review for our family. Specifically, we have tried to operate Rhapsody streaming service parental controls under mult... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bySmooth September 27, 2009

Works for Teens not for younger

Hears the deal: I've been using Rhapsody for about 8 years now. The web review by Common Sense is not completely on the mark...It is spot on if you only in... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byIcestorm September 1, 2010
This is a site where you can download some nice clean Christian music, download devilish Death/Black Metal and Rap, and everything in between. If you have kids,... Continue reading

What's it about?

RHAPSODY is an on-demand music service that lets you listen to music of your choice right on the spot. With an unlimited subscription of $9.99 per month, you can "rent" just about any song, album, or artist under the sun -- provided it's in the Rhapsody catalog, which it probably is since the service has licensed the vast majority of music out there. You can listen to songs as many times as you like and manipulate them in several ways, including making them into playlists that are stored in your Rhapsody account and creating custom channels that rotate music from dozens of different artists you choose. You're also able to purchase and download tracks. While Rhapsody does less hand-holding than sites like Pandora, which is built around the concept of suggesting music its listeners might like, the service still provides its own pre-made, theme-based channels that users can choose.

Is it any good?

If Pandora is Music 101, Rhapsody is Advanced Music -- which audiophiles who know their tastes will absolutely love. Using the service will be addictive for these music aficionados who won't be able to stop the flood of songs they want to hear. The service also offers other perks, such as artist bios and album reviews from All Music Guide, that speak to its audience's characteristic desire to dig deeper into music. On the flip side, those who know less about music may feel a bit overwhelmed by Rhapsody, since it's largely user-driven; these people may want to start with a free service like Pandora, which does most of the choosing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can peruse our tips on Music and Your Kids for ideas on how to encourage kids to listen to music constructively and responsibly.

Website details

  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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