Rdio 2.3.3. for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

As of recently, Rdio has been making a number of moves in a bid to fight off the Apple iTunes Radio threat. Just a few days ahead of Apple’s September 10 iTunes Radio launch, Rdio unveiled a new ad-supported music service in partnership with radio operator Cumulus.

And back in August, the popular service gained such abilities as station tuning, improved search, Pandora-style personalized Stations and more.

Rdio’s latest effort to re-introduce some of the original magic involves bringing back Recommendations, a feature popularized by the inaugural 1.0 version of Rdio…

According to Rdio, Recommendations is rolling out to the web starting today and will be available on iOS “soon”. Just like the recently-launched Stations, Recommendations is meant to expose Rdio users to new music.

Recommendations analyzes what you listen to most and who you’re following in order to suggest albums, stations and playlists you might like – yes, albums and stations as well!

What’s best, it’s driven by the recommendation engine Echonest, which powers the likes of Spotify and BBC drawing from its database of 35 million songs.

Key Recommendations highlights include:

Album Recommendations — As you listen to music on Rdio, we compile albums you’re likely to enjoy based on your history. Every time you visit Recommendations, more new music is waiting.
Station & Playlist Recommendations — Discover what stations and playlists are popular in your network and in your area.

While features like Your FM and Stations ease music discovery, Recommendations is a compelling and powerful feature that shouldn’t have been removed from Rdio in the first place, if you ask me.

Download Rdio free from the App Store.

The 36.5MB universal application supports any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad device running iOS 5 or later and is optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller screen.

The app has recently received a makeover proving Rdio very much cares about design. They claim a catalogue of over 20 million songs licensed for streaming.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Rdio could make its product better just by improving its search capability for real. Once you’ve “discovered” a song or album and put it in your “collection,” Heaven help you if you want to find it again. Especially if you have a lot of classical or jazz (or even some older pop) as the indexing is really poor.

    Finding new music is good. Finding and listening to something I know I want is even better.

    • Kristen Vacketta

      To build off this- when I search for an artist, before I’ve completed the artist name, the first results are always other user’s playlists. Once I finish typing the name, then the official artist result with their albums appears. It would be so much more useful if they would have the official artist result show first all the time.
      And I totally second what you said – having previously listened stuff showing up, like a history, first would be great.