rhydhun – The Indian Music Jukebox from musicindiaonline.com

Music is life for most of us. Instead of illegal download of MP3s, I use musicindiaonline.com to fill the silence in my life, for two reasons:-

  1. It has a huge collection of songs, in different languages.
  2. It provides two options to stream music – mp3 and Real media (perfect for dial-up users).

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Recently, musicindiaonline.com has launched a product, called Rhydhun that sounds like Hinglish version of Rhythm. It is a music jukebox desktop application that provides access to CD quality music for 113,712 tracks and 13,706 albums after signing up for an account at their website.


After getting the beta invitation for Rhydhun version 0.5 preview release and using it for some time, here are the few points which I noted:-



  • Look and feel of the application is very similar to any other music jukebox application.
  • To use this application it requires internet connection that authorizes your credentials.
  • Song quality is good, but it takes time to buffer. So, it is not ideal for dial-up users.
  • Songs are buffered to the local cache. So, it saves bandwidth when it is played next time.
  • The database contains songs of various Genres like Hindi, Classical, Fusion, World .etc, but is not synchronous with the song collection at musicindiaonline.com. It does not include the latest releases available at the website.
  • The music jukebox application has a 10-band equalizer with effects.
  • You can search for a song, album .etc.
  • Album information is not available for all albums.
  • You can create your playlist but it is for that local computer only. You can’t export or import playlist or save it online. They can very well synchronize it with musicindiaonline.com account and playlist.
  • By default it uses 300 Mb for audio cache (to save bandwidth for later play) and 50 Mb for data cache that includes search results. You can change them as per your needs.

Currently this application has no pop-ups, ads but eventually has plans to monetize – either via a monthly subscription fee or launching an e-store.


But, what is the future of musicindiaonline.com and why are they changing their revenue model? Is it because of increasing popularity of Adblock firefox plugin or many other softwares that block ads on websites.


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6 Responses to “rhydhun – The Indian Music Jukebox from musicindiaonline.com”

  1. Just curious
    January 23, 2008 at 9:45 pm #

    Isn’t this still illegal? Earlier you went to site and streamed music, now you are actually using client and listening to it. Caching 300MB *may* save bandwidth but it can also be interpreted as saving music on your hard drive…..

  2. January 24, 2008 at 2:43 am #

    IMHO, They are also providing an option of a desktop application because it is more sticky. And if they don’t do it someone else might and eat up their market share.

  3. January 24, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    @Just curious,
    Songs are cached to the local hard disk drive, but can only be accessed after logging into the Rhydhun desktop client.
    and moreover, musicindiaonline.com site says- “MusicIndiaOnLine.com is an IPRS licensed website”
    you can contact them for more clarification.

    yes you are true. But, the point is – why would someone use Rhydhun if there is musicindiaonline.com?

  4. Joe
    January 28, 2008 at 6:47 pm #

    Rhydhun scores over musicindiaonline.com by offering excellent sound quality and also it is advt free. I guess they are planning to add feetures like downloading music tracks in to mobile devices/computers. Rhydhun is a boon for die-hard music enthusiasists like me who has been waiting for a music player like this. Hats off to Anand Aiyer, the creator of Rhydhun.

  5. indigene
    May 21, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    How do they make money?

    As IPRS licensee they pay:

    Rs 10 Lakhs flat annual charge OR 15% of Gross Revenue whichever is higher.

    Additionally, an EPHEMERAL charge (Musicindiaonline pays to the Licensor storage fees for the temporary storage of licensed Works on the musicindiaonline’s servers) of Rs 2/- per song per annum is charged

    The other music licensing agency in India Phonograpic Performance Limited (PPL) charges 0.06{Six Paisa} Paisa Per Performance for all the Audio Transmissions OR 35% of the advertisement Revenue whichever is higher,along with a MG(Minimum Gaurantee) of Rs. 10,00,000/- ( Ten Lacs only) for One Year which is Non-refundable but creditable to the royalty against the System Generated Usage Reports.per song.

    IPRS was also going to shift to this charging model of PPL.

    Are we saying all these charges are paid through google advertisements?

  6. Confused
    January 12, 2010 at 1:11 am #

    what do you think about phulki.com and aflatune.com, phulki at least publishes the sources – fmw1,mp3hungama, …..aflatune is company, limited liability, registered in US….they are not allowing to publish the sourcecode….are they iilegal because they are not IPRS licensed..????

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