The idea of tying an MP3 player into an online music store is hardly new – Apple’s been doing it with iPod and iTunes for years. But the other player manufacturers are catching on, with the latest example being iRiver’s new clix Rhapsody.
It’s a new version of iRiver’s clix 2, except optimised to work with RealNetworks’ Rhapsody music subscription service (the one where you pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited tunes). The player has 4GB of flash memory, a 2.2-inch screen, and built-in FM radio.
However, what’s interesting is the way it works with Rhapsody…
The player automatically downloads new songs according to your preferences whenever connected to your PC, and lets you rate songs, albums and artists on the device itself. You can also read reviews of albums.
clix Rhapsody is on sale now in the US, for $189.99, although if you already bought a second-generation clix player, you can get a firmware upgrade to enable the new Rhapsody features.