If you can’t fight them, join them! Rhapsody finally decided streaming model might not be making as much money as they think and were unable to compete with iPod, so they decided to adopt the download model. Rhapsody seems to understand that consumer hates DRM and made their service DRM-Free in MP3 format.
The subscription service will continue to operate in addition to download service. Rhapsody priced each MP3 track at 99 cents and $9.99 for a whole album. Songs from four major records label (Universal, EMI, Sony, and Warner) will be available for download.
Considering so many music fans own an MP3 player, it is safe to say this is a great move by Rhapsody, however it will still have to compete head to head with Amazon and other services that offer DRM-Free MP3.