Rdio iOS 8 update

Following a recent overhaul with new features, free streaming in more than two dozen countries and other perks, Rdio, the popular Internet service, on Thursday pushed a major iOS 8 focused update.

Following in the footsteps of rival Spotify which two weeks ago added support for CarPlay, Apple’s in-car iPhone entertainment system, Rdio has now jumped on the automotive bandwagon, too.

In addition to music playback and navigating your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars, Rdio 3.0.4 has a handy new control to adjust streaming quality (should prove indispensable to those concerned about cellular data usage).

Moreover, this update adds support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screen sizes, iOS 8’s Interactive Notifications (you can play music and follow other users directly from an alert) plus other nice-to-haves mentioned after the jump.

Rdio 3.0.4 changelog:

  • New and updated for iOS 8:
    • Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
    • CarPlay Support. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
    • Optimized Visuals. Support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with high-resolution images and album artwork.
  • Other updates:
    • Higher Sound Quality. Adjust the sound quality of streaming music and downloads from data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to pristine-quality 320 kbps.
    • Various UI improvements and minor bug fixes.

Rdio is available free of charge in the App Store.

The 52-megabyte iPhone and iPad app requires iO 6.0 or later. Not in one of the markets supported by Rdio’s free streaming? Not a problem, subscriptions are just tap away through In-App Purchases, starting at a very competitive eight bucks per month.

[App Store, Rdio Blog]

  • Nathan Jung

    Still needs crossfade for me to make a switch from Spotify.