To open a Rhapsody account from outside the US, you will need our special Rhapsody prepaid card since Rhapsody requires you to put a credit card on file. This prepaid card has $25 balance which should be enough to cover 2 months of Rhapsody service ($9.99 monthly). The left over $5 can be used for many purpose such as buying video on Amazon Instant Video, trying Hulu Plus from outside the US etc. A detail step by step instruction will be sent to you together with the prepaid card information.
Rhapsody and Spotify are the most two recognized name in the online music streaming business. So an obvious question is that which one is better, Rhapsody vs Spotify?
Pros: - Organization and Search function. It's easy to search for the songs you like or stumble on new songs you may like in Rhapsody.
- Radio. This is a huge plus if you love Radio. Spotify does not have this feature yet
Cons: - Audio quality. Rhapsody streams their music at 64aac+ which can not be comparable to the average 160kb/s that Spotify streams. Many songs in Spotify Premium are streamed at 320 kb/s.
Pros: - Social networking. Spotify integrates tightly with Facebook which makes sharing and connecting with your friends eaiser.
- Audio quality. As noted above, if you are an audiophile which sound quality is the most important thing, Spotify is the one for you
Cons: - Facebook account required. Not everyone has Facebook or like to share their Facebook with apps like Spotify.
In summary, opening a Rhapsody outside US account or Spotify outside US account depends mainly on who you are and what are the most important for you when streaming music, the audio quality, radio, organization or social networking. Both these two services offer a trial period that you can take advantage and try them out yourself.