Rdio update makes album headers prettier, brings out Chromecast support

By , Mar 31, 2014

Rdio 2.5.3 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

Google’s Chromecast is picking up some noteworthy support from third-party software makers. The latest example: the popular Internet radio service Rdio has just pushed a new update today bringing support for Google’s inexpensive $35 HDMI dongle.

The new Rdio version 2.5.8 also includes various user interface improvements, minor bug fixes and prettified album headers.

The update is now live in the App Store

According to iTunes release notes:

We now support Chromecast, allowing you to cast content to any TV from your phone or tablet. Control playback from anywhere in your house, and enjoy a beautiful display of album art on your big screen.

You can cast songs, albums, stations and playlists to your TV – just hit the cast icon in the Rdio iOS, Android or web apps.

Rdio’s CEO Anthony Bay said in a blog post:

Rdio on Google Chromecast marks another milestone in Rdio’s commitment to delivering the best music experience everywhere. Music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalog of over 20 million songs or start a station easily, all from Chromecast on their TV.

And if you check out album headers in Rdio 2.5.8, you’ll notice a dynamically chosen color, automatically generated to complement each album’s artwork – similar to artist pages on the iTunes Store.

Rdio and Chromecast

The previous Rdio update has brought the ability to read and write reviews in-app and edit your playlists. In December, Rdio picked up an all-new Profile view and a new Sleep Timer function, which allows you to stop music playback after a period of time.

And speaking of Chromecast, Sony’s Crackle app and the video streaming service Vudu’s iOS client have both added Chromecast support earlier today. By the way, you can stream comedian Jerry Seinfield’s ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ for free through Crackle, plus many more movies and television shows hosted on the service.

As for Vudu, check out their blog post for more information on enabling Chromecast in the latest Vudu Player for the iPhone and iPad.

Download Rdio free in the App Store.

The universal app requires an iOS device running iOS 6.0 or later and a paid Rdio subscription, starting at $9.99 per month for unlimited streaming on mobile ($4.99 for web-only streaming).

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  • Nathan Jung

    I am thinking about switching to Rdio from Spotify. Looking for opinions. I enjoy having a good iOS app as well as the ability to stream to both Mac and PC.

    • Javier Arturo

      Hi, I already changed, the desktop and iOS apps of Rdio are far more intuitive, clean and beautiful. I love to be able to add a song to my collection like if I had a physical collection, but on the cloud.

    • SaintAvi

      I switched from paid spotifty to paid rdio about a year ago. Wouldnt switch back, spotify has become fat and lazy due to their success and from a consumer perspective, have dedicated their energy to maximize monetization at the cost of improving the user experience.

      Rdio however enjoys frequent substantial changes and a beautiful interface, plus if you are a student it costs 50% less at only $5 a month.

      tldr; Switch to Rdio, youll be happy.

      • Nathan Jung

        Just switched last night. Enjoying everything about it so far. One of my favorite features is that I can use anything as a remote for anything else. That is AMAZING. One thing I am missing a lot from Spotify is Cross-fade and Gapless Playback. Other than that I have found that music discovery is WAY better on Rdio. Loving it. Just hoping for Cross-fade and Gapless in the future.
        That remote feature though… best idea ever.

  • Javier Arturo

    Great Changes