Anyone know anything about Real’s Rhapsody online music download service? They’ve apparently just gone entirely web-based, opening up their market to Linux and Mac users. If you buy a track from them, what format do you get it in? There’s some talk about a subscription model, but they’re pushing the idea of mobile devices to listen to your music, including my Archos PMA400 — how does that work with subscription? If I download a file and put it on my Archos, how does it know whether I’ve paid for it or not? The Rhapsody people don’t seem to say much about formats and how it all works; any good pointers or knowledgeable people want to help me out?
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