# Friday, April 13, 2007

Once again, Rhapsody has failed me.  Just this morning, I was happily listening away.  I closed my browser for a while, and just now came back to start up Rhapsody Online, since the desktop player totally doesn't work on Windows 2003 Server (at least on my box).  Now the online player tells me I'm running an incompatible operating system.  It's been working fine for months, but now it's incompatible.  Curses!  I supposed I'm going to have to start using a different box to play Rhapsody than the one I usually work on. 

I'm a big fan of Rhapsody's service, and have been steadily subscribing for years.  Unfortunately, their software (again and again) proves to be crap.

Friday, April 13, 2007 8:11:29 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Back in business!!!

Here is the trick for Rhapsody Online using Win 2K3 Server.

Go to your firefox.exe file, right click and select properties.

Click on the "compatibility" tab.

Check "Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP"

That was enough to fool Rhapsody Online into thinking I have the right OS.
Saturday, April 14, 2007 6:47:59 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Try Yahoo Music Unlimited with Yahoo Jukebox. That's what I use -- it's cheaper than Rhapsody and just seems to work. I even wrote a <a href="http://programcsharp.com/blog/archive/2006/04/10/yme-now-playing-plugin-for-wlm.aspx">Windows Live Messenger now playing plugin</a> for it.

What I really would like to see is a company that writes a snapin for WMP instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. I think napster did this, at one point at least, but it always seemed like a kludge.
Monday, April 16, 2007 9:38:34 AM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)

the compatibility mode thing totally worked. Thanks!
Monday, April 16, 2007 6:06:46 PM (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Hey Patric,

I'm glad the compatiblility mode worked, but today I managed to get the full stand-alone Rhapsody application to install.

I was about to follow these instructions:

But before doing that, I installed the Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 from the Windows Update site. I think it came out last week.

After installing the service pack, I clicked on the Rhapsody shortcut left over from my previous install attempt and the Rhapsody player started right up.

So, it looks like Service Pack 2 might actually fix the DRM install problem. I just remembered I also have the Rhapsody program in XP compatiblility mode, but that didn't work before, so you might try teh service pack first without that.

The compatiblility mode in FireFox sort-of worked for me. For some reason I kept getting signed out, so I'm glad I now have the full application going finally.

Good luck.

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