Rdio is a new, powerful online music service, not unlike Pandora or Last.fm. I am not about to give up my Last.fm, but I had to post about Rdio, as they offer something neither Last.fm or Pandora can; the ability to play a whole album from a given artist, or play songs continuously from one artist. This is HUGE in my book!
I abandoned Pandora a long time ago due to their ads, and because I found them replaying the same old tracks everyday. I have been a happy Last.fmer ever since the switch almost one year ago, and I enjoy keeping track of my listening habits, as well as the overwhelming amount of new music I have discovered on Last.fm.
The two features I have been wishing Last.fm would implement:
- The ability to listen to the same track as one of your friend’s, at the same time. (I hear rumors this is in the works)
- The ability to listen to one artist or album, instead of shuffling through similar artists.
If you are sick and tired of Pandora’s ads (they go away with a subscription), as well as the limited amount of tracks on any given station (which does not increase with a subscription), and you don’t like Last.fm because you don’t want them tracking your listening habits and history (maybe because you’re ashamed of all those Miley Cyrus tracks), then you should give Rdio a chance.
Here are some of the features from the service:
18 million and counting…
Sometimes only a certain song will do. Rdio has a huge library of music, from popular artists to hot newcomers, and every single track is playable on demand as many times as you want.
Enjoy music the way it was intended to be heard — no interruptions and no advertisements. Ever.
Search for anything.
Rdio makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s an artist, album, song or playlist. And finding friends or people who can help you discover great new music is just as simple.
Queue it up. Play it later.
Add songs to your queue to keep the music going without interruption. You can always override it later if there’s something you have to hear right away.
See the music the people in your network can’t get enough of. Heavy Rotation always has recommendations specially tailored for you.
From Gaga to U2 to Lil’ Wayne, you get to see which monster hits are burning up the charts. Hear the songs everyone is talking about by the biggest artists.
Keep your finger on the pulse of all the music your network is currently collecting and sharing. A great way to stumble upon serendipitous discoveries.
Hotly anticipated albums and promising debuts. Listen to new music the day it’s released.
Another great thing about Rdio, is that they allow access to their service directly from the browser, or you can download their standalone application for either Mac or Windows. They also have a mobile app for iPhone/iPod, Android, Windows Phone 7, and Blackberry.
As always, hope you enjoy!