Real’s new Rhapsody release…not ready for prime time

I hate to say this, since I’m an alumnus of RealNetworks from the early days and still have a soft spot for them, but the new Rhapsody release is seriously, egregiously buggy.   It looks great, and it seemed to represent a step towards unifying all my digital music (everything except DRM-controlled iTunes files and my iPod), but it began crashing shortly after installation.  Then, for awhile today, Rhapsody was failing logins – according to my friend Carl, who called Real, they had some "server" data synch issues.   The upshot is that I’m looking to downgrade again until Real works this out.   But not a particularly auspicious rollout for a product designed to lure people away from iTunes…

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