Welcome to Rhapsody Blind

JAWS scripts for Rhapsody Blind Accessibility
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Last Updated: September 12 2015
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Rhapsody Blind Multi-Languages

Rhapsody Blind is now translated into spanish and french. A very much thanks to Rémy Ruiz

What do JAWS scripts for Rhapsody Blind do?

Hello, my name is John Martyn and I am 100% blind. I lost my vision in August 2008 and in less than two years I developed Rhapsody Blind, a JFW (JAWS for Windows ) script, that enables the visually impaired to access the popular music subscription service, Rhapsody. Rhapsody accessibility was a difficult task to overcome and it was also a learning experience for me. I had to learn the language so it took a lot of time. Rhapsody for the blind and visually impaired wasn't finished for 9 months and took a few more months to make it accessible as much as possible, which turned out to be a lot. This experience left me to go after more music programs for the blind. Hence iTunes spotify, and sound taxi.
It incorporates a Task flow system to give the user a rich and pleasant experience while keeping complicated tasks simple. Rhapsody Blind makes your music experience more about the music and less about the navigation. Now you can use your favorite music program blind.
For those who are not familiar with Rhapsody, it is an online database of over 10+ million songs that you can have unlimited access to. For only $9.99 a month, you can listen to all the music you want without paying for tracks.
Attention: If you are interested in Rhapsody, Check out my Blind Tunes scripts for iTunes. Blind Tunes Website
It is easier to hear what the Rhapsody Blind script can do,rather than explain it, so I created an audio demo of Rhapsody Blind in action. The demonstration does not cover all aspects of the JAWS script, but you will have a better idea of how amazing this really is.
Click here for the Rhapsody Blind 6 scripts for JAWS 15 and up
Click here to hear an audio tour of Rhapsody Blind for Rhapsody 4, Jaws 14 and below - Length 27 Minutes.
Click here to hear the American Counsel for the Blind Mainstream Radio Interview about Rhapsody Blind
Click here to find out more about what features RhapsodyBlind has to offer

Download Instructions

You will find a linkk to the Rhapsody program and a separate download for the Rhapsody Blind setup.
RhapsodyBlind is protected under: Creative Commons Licensing.
Don't forget to visit Sound Taxi Blind for a wonderful music download converter to upload any music to your favorite blind accessible MP3 device.
Once both programs are installed and Rhapsody is running, press Control + Shift + G to start the RhapsodyBlind guide.
Click here for Version Releases and Bug Fixes
To purchase the software, install the scripts, open the program and follow the registration instructions.
Download Rhapsody 6 here
Click here for the Rhapsody Blind 6 scripts version 4.8.0 for JAWS 15 and up
Click here for the zip version
download Rhapsody Blind 3.1.5
download Rhapsody Blind in Zip format
Click here for the Rhapsody Music program, use H to jump to the download.
Click here to download the older version of Rhapsody

Software Features

The script makes it easy to remember how to perform tasks without needing to memorize a long list of shortcuts. With the quick key menu, it performs the task for you and helps you to remember common keys. The keyboard interface is easy to follow and very user intuitive. Here is a short list of features you can access:
  • Search online through a collection of 10+ million songs
  • Download or purchase music
  • Access your iTunes library and search through your existing collection
  • Burn existing and new music to disc
  • Create and access unlimited playlists
  • Rearrange your playlist tracks and burn queue
  • Restore music library, playlist, or mixer positions
  • Task switch between programs without losing your place
  • Drag and Drop songs or albums
  • Transfer on the go music to an approved mp3 device
  • Listen to a customizable list of radio channels
  • Fast forward and rewind with basic controls
  • Quickly follow currently playing music in the Music Guide
RhapsodyBlind is very stable and has a number of features to make listening to music and creating customized playlists easy to do. If you use any of the basic controls, such as fast forward, it returns you back to the song you had selected in a list. Also, when you drag and drop an item, it returns you back to wherever you were in the program. Another great feature is when task switching programs, you may continue up and down the lists you were browsing and keep searching through music seemlessly. This makes it simple to continue your tasks without reaccessing the window you were in. The guides will really help you get started and used to the flow of the program.
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Using Rhapsody with a Mobile Device

With an iTouch or iPhone, you can transfer your playlists to the device to play them without an internet connection and without paying for music. The device does not connect directly to the Rhapsody application, but rather goes online with the iTunes store Rhapsody app to access the content. You do not need an on the go, Rhapsody Premium Plus account, to download this content. On the go is for devices that connect directly to the application on the PC. iTouch and iPhone are not directly supported on the PC application. That is why you must use the iTunes store app to access the content. The iTouch and iPhone are blind accessible with voice over. To take advantage of this, your device must have I,O,S, 4, the platform of the device, and iTouch must be 3rd or 4th generation. You will need an Apple ID and a credit card to allow you to download the iTunes store app for Rhapsody. Your card will not be charged, but this is how they keep track of downloading applications for the device. It is easiest to fill out the information online instead of on the device. Once you have filled out an account, you must go to the iTunes store, click on account, and fill out the credit card info. You will need to fill out a couple fields on the device once you try to download the application. This process is somewhat tricky, so it is best to have someone that can assist you through the process. Once this is accomplished, using the Rhapsody app is quite simple.

The script does allow you to transfer songs to the devices that connect directly to the PC application, However there are no devices that can talk that are supported. You might be able to use a device without a display, but it would have to be a Rhapsody supported device. As of now, there are no such devices without a display.
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Compatibility and Requirements

Rhapsody Blind has been tested and approved by the National Federation of the Blind. This script successfully tested with the following platforms and versions:
  • JAWS for Windows 11through 15
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 - 32 and 64 bit
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Change Log, Updates, Upgrades, and Bug Fixes

Blind Tunes

Blind Tunes 6.0.6 - added support for iTunes

Rhapsody Blind

Rhapsody Blind 4.8 - added support for latest Rhapsody 6.
RhapsodyBlind 4.8.1 - Better support for searching and reliable results.

Spotify Blind

Spotify Blind 7.6.0 - Added support for changing spotify application

OneNote Blind

OneNoteBlind 3.0.6 added better support for backspace and delete keys.
OneNote Blind 3.0.6 - added support for Office 365 and windows 10.

Thunderbird Blind

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