November 23, 2014

Rdio Out of Beta, Offering Free Trials

When we mentioned Rdio a couple weeks ago, it was in closed beta, with invites few and far between. The social music services is now out of beta and open to anyone in the U.S. and Canada: exciting news for those of us in the States who’ve been pining away for Spotify. Even better, those signing up now get an unrestricted three day free trial to test it out before committing to pay for the service.

Like Spotify, Rdio lets you stream nearly any music on demand, and runs $9.99/month for a full membership that includes access to its Android app. Rdio has deals with major labels like EMI Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, as well as indie label distributes like IODA, The Orchard and INgrooves. That said, I was able to stump it with some of my more obscure searches.

While regional licensing restrictions currently keep Rdio from competing directly with Spotify, it does enter a space already crowded with MOG, Grooveshark and Rhapsody, not to mention internet radio apps like Pandora and Slacker Radio.

If you’ve tried Rdio, let us know what you think, and how you think it compares with Android’s other streaming music options.

  • John Weathers

    I've been using Rdio since shortly after receiving my invite from a friend on June 7. While I was initially skeptical about the whole paid subscription model, after using it for 3 days and then extending my trial further, I found myself loving it and decided to choose the $4.99 subscription plan as they did not have an Android version at the time.

    The minute the Android app appeared though I upgraded to the full $9.99 plan and haven't looked back.

    Rdio's Android app is hands down my most frequently used application after Gmail and is one of my favorite. The team do a great job of releasing updates that fix the occasional minor problem and to my experience they haven't released any versions with major problems.

    The service itself is really great and the staff on the forums are helpful and friendly. I love the UI and while there are still gaps in terms of the available music, it is still quite impressive already in scope and I'm never at a loss for good music. I'm sure that now that they are out of beta and as more users join the service, more record company will come on board and the material gaps will shrink.

    I also really love how the social networking aspect is built into the service from the start. It's very cool to be able to easily share music with friends and follow people with interesting music taste and find music through these interactions.

    I'm very pleased with Rdio!

  • Gryffyn

    I'm an long time Rhapsody user (well, Yahoo Music/LaunchCast before Rhapsody bought them). I love being able to pull up a real album or arbitrary tracks specifically. Admittedly, I haven't used all the services listed above, but I see them mentioned a lot in the same context when most of them aren't like Rhapsody in the ability to play a specific album without doing a general search for an artist and creating a playlist that may match an album.. or may not. Many seem to be kind of random songs similar to what you selected or other things that just aren't really the same as selecting a specific album.

    Rdio is one of the first I've heard of that sounds like it MAY do that. I might give it a try, but I'd love to see more 'apples to apples' comparisons of music apps. If it's random, requires creating playlists, etc.. call that one category. If it gives you proper access to full albums, that should be another category.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/chuckfalzone Chuck Falzone

      Rdio does do what you're describing, as does MOG and (from what I understand) Spotify.

  • Robert

    couldnt get music playing on my Incredible, uninstalled

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