Rdio is an amazing music application that I’ve had the pleasure of trying out for their 3-day free trial period. I learned via their Twitter account that you will have the option to extend your trial to 10 days once the 3 days is up — nice to know. Although this is not a free application, when you think about the benefits of using it you may just feel that it is worth the monthly fee. This app not only lets you listen to your music from everywhere but the mobile app helps you save time and space.
Social Media Integration
You can link Rdio to your Facebook, Twitter and/or Last.fm accounts. This way you can share your favorite songs and playlists on your Facebook wall and Twitter stream. You get to choose which songs you want to share and on which sites (as seen below). You can even recommend the song to a specific friend (on Rdio or Facebook). Linking your Last.fm account will allow you to scrobble your music and track what you’re listening to.
You can download their Adobe AIR application to match songs from your existing library on iTunes or Windows Media Player. “It reads through your artists, albums, and songs and all the ones available on Rdio will be added to your Rdio Collection.” No files are transferred during this process.
The desktop application also lets download music that you buy directly from the Rdio website. When the download it complete it is added to your iTunes or Windows Media Player library. Lastly, you can even play music using the desktop app without needing to have the browser open. Just fill up your queue, close your browser and enjoy your music.
You can currently get Rdio on your Blackberry, iPhone and iPod Touch; Rdio for Android is coming soon. Having access via mobile lets you sync music from the website to be played on your mobile device. I have tried the app on my iPod Touch and it works wonderfully. You can view your collections, playlists and even search through your music.
Your music is synced automatically upon opening the app and once it is synced you can listen to your music no matter where – no Internet connection is needed.
I really find the iPhone app useful because you no longer need to add music to your device; you can simply sync it through Rdio. If you’re someone who has a lot of music on your device, this is space that can now be used for other things like apps, images or videos. It also save you time because now there’s no need to connect your device to your computer and then wait for it to sync; Rdio does this flawlessly and within minutes – no chords needed.
The website is very easy to use and navigate. There is a search bar for finding music but you can also browse new releases, top charts and recommendations. You can also see activity and stats for each song like number of plays, number of collections it has been added to, number of playlists it has been added to, etc. You’re also able to add reviews to songs, albums and artists. I also love the ability to add songs to a queue. I use Blip.fm quite often and this is something that they do not have but I wish they did.
One downside is that there doesn’t seem to be a large selection of music; I was unable to find a lot of the songs that I was looking for. Their content partners are currently Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Warner Music Group, EMI, The Orchard and INgrooves; they say that new music is constantly being added.
Rdio Web $4.99/month – Unlimited web access
Rdio Unlimited $9.99/month – Unlimited web access, unlimited mobile access, sync to mobile phone