August 28, 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.