If you like music as much as I do, or are holiday shopping for someone who does, then you need to know about Rdio. I recently tested out this digital music service and have come to the conclusion that this product is a must-have for the cutting-edge music lover.
Rdio (pronounced “ar-dee-o”) offers you the opportunity to listen to and discover any of its 12 million songs from both major and indie labels any time you like. It comes as an unlimited web, mobile, and in-home music subscription for $9.99 a month, or you can listen solely on your web browser with either an unlimited $4.99 a month option or a no charge option (with no ads) that provides a customized meter telling you how much free music you have left each month.
I’ve already had experience with Pandora, which allows me to create my own radio stations based on my selected music genre or artist, but Pandora selects which songs it plays. (I mean, how rude, right?) Rdio gives me full control, so once I found an artist I liked, I could easily find more of it, add it to my “collection,” and create playlists of only those songs I wanted to hear.
For me the unlimited mobile package is a must. My iPhone may only have 16G of storage for apps, photos, and iTunes music, but storage is irrelevant when I stream music off the Internet. I even have the option to take songs and “sync to mobile” if I want to listen to them on Rdio in places where I don’t have Internet access.
Rdio is also a community in which I can share my recommendations and playlists with other members as well as “follow” others to see what they collect and listen to the most. That means I had to learn to be comfortable exposing my love for rap, which usually streams from my phone just moments after dropping off my 3-year-olds following a busy morning of rocking out to The Muppets soundtrack.
Rdio has been successful since its launch in 2010 despite competition from other similar services such as Spotify (who doesn’t offer a free service with no ads and now makes its new users have a Facebook account to join), Mog and Rhapsody. Rdio is among those with the largest music library, but it should be noted that labels do withhold some of their albums from all streaming music services and sometimes grant exclusivity to only one service.
Rdio still gives you the option to download music as an MP3 for purchase that can be played on your iTunes if you need to own specific music, but if you want on-demand access to preview over millions of songs, than a subscription to Rdio is what you really want.
For more information, visit www.Rdio.com