Much-improved Rdio launches with new look and features, free version coming to 20 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 4, 2014

Rdio, the popular Internet radio service, on Thursday launched a major redesign of its mobile app which now aims to compete with the likes of Spotify and rival Pandora by bringing its ad-supported free Stations to 20 countries.

The new look includes your personalized Home featuring an evolving mix of music stories based on your listening history and tastes, a new Browse section which now features both genre and curated Stations, a Trending feature showing what’s popular right now, the ability to favorite just about anything, from albums to artists to songs to stations, and much more.

Rdio is free in the App Store. Read More

 

SoundHound updated, now lets you add songs to Rdio playlists

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2014

Rdio users, rejoice!

The popular song-matching service, SoundHound, has updated its iOS application with the ability to connect with Rdio and add matched songs to an Rdio playlist.

You can then listen to them instantly in the Rdio app. The free SoundHound mobile client is available in the App Store. But SoundHound seems to be playing a catch-up game to rivals such as Shazam.

As a reminder, Shazam implemented Rdio integration last December. But unlike SoundHound’s, Shazam’s implementation not only lets you play recognized tracks through Rdio, but also play back full songs without switching appsRead More

 

Shazam for iOS updated with in-app track playback via Rdio

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Shazam has updated its free and Encore iOS apps, bringing them both to version 7.7.0. The update brings about a new feature to both clients that allows users to play back recognized songs in-app, courtesy of Rdio.

While users have long been able to do this—play recognized tracks through Rdio—past functionality required them to switch out of Shazam and into Rdio. They can now playback [full] songs without switching apps… Read More

 

Rdio gains revamped station artwork and Station Pages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

After receiving an update a little over a month ago that has enabled push notifications for various social activities going on in your stream, the popular Internet radio service Rdio today issued another minor update to its free iPhone and iPad client.

A pair of new features included in the new Rdio version 2.5.10 focus on improving the design of your radio stations: revamped station artwork for a cleaner look and all-new Pages for Rdio’s endless stations… Read More

 

Google buys Songza, Rdio acquires TastemakerX

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Google Music with its scan-and-match feature and streaming doesn’t seem to be picking up any significant steam, and that’s despite (or in spite of) Google’s scale and an impressive one billion active Android devices in the wild.

Hoping to hit back at Apple and Beats, the Internet giant on Tuesday announced it’s snapped up streaming music service Songza which, like Apple-owned Beats, specializes in finding the right music to fit your mood.

And in related music news, the popular Internet radio service Rdio today said it’s acquiring TastemakerX, a music discovery and curation service… Read More

 

Rdio gains push notifications

By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2014

Rdio has updated its free radio streaming app for the iPhone and iPad with some bug fixes and a brand new, albeit long overdue, feature: push notifications. That’s right, you can now elect to received push alerts for various social activities going on in your stream.

The Internet radio app offers a catalog of 25 million songs and now you can get notified when someone shares a song with you, follows you on the service, subscribes to your playlist and more.

Push alerts settings are granular so you can choose to receive alerts for specific events and mute alerts for the others. For example, you could tell Rdio to send notifications to your device only for new songs shared with you… Read More

 

Rdio update makes album headers prettier, brings out Chromecast support

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2014

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 StoreRead More

 

Apple considering iTunes for Android, on-demand streaming service

By Joe Rossignol on Mar 21, 2014

Apple is contemplating launching an iTunes app for Android devices to bolster its digital music sales, according to a new Billboard report. The company is also said to be in exploratory talks with senior label executives about rolling out an on-demand streaming service that would rival Spotify and Beats Music. These two moves are part of a broader strategy that would help the Cupertino-based company combat double-digit drops in iTunes downloads in the United States…  Read More

 

Rdio app updated with in-app playlist editing and reviews

By Cody Lee on Feb 11, 2014

Good news for Rdio users this afternoon. The music streaming service has posted an update for its iOS client, bringing the app to version 2.5.7 and adding a few new features including Playlist Editing and the ability to read and write reviews in-app.

Users can now edit their playlists from any mobile device by adding, removing and rearranging songs, and editing playlist artwork. They can also now write reviews for those playlists, and albums, and read reviews written by other other Rdio users…

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Rdio revamps profile views and adds Sleep Timer

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2013

After countering Spotify’s recent service expansion and its brand new (and somewhat limited) free streaming feature by expanding into twenty new countries, the popular music subscription service Rdio today refreshed its free iPhone and iPad application with a handy sleep timer function to stop playback after a period of time.

The new Rdio 2.5.4 also includes redesigned profile views with your photo right at the center, various subtle interface improvements and minor bug fixes… Read More

 

Rdio expands into 20 new countries

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 11, 2013

Rdio, the popular music-streaming services, announced today that it has expanded its service into twenty new countries globally. After today’s expansion, the service is available in 51 countries across six continents.

The company conveniently timed its announcement just as Spotify is scheduled to hold a press conference later today, likely to announce plans to make mobile access to its music service free.

With today’s expansion, Rdio is now the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced. By comparison, rival Spotify is currently available in 32 global markets and Apple’s iTunes Radio is a U.S.-only affair, though new countries will be added some time in 2014.

However, Rdio still pales in comparison to Deezer, which is available in a whopping 182 countries around the world. The full list of new Rdio countries is right past the fold… Read More

 

Shazam now connects with Rdio

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2013

Shazam‘s music fingerprinting app for the iPhone and iPad is continuously getting better and more useful after each new update. Right following the September 18 release of iOS 7, Shazam mobile apps were immediately updated with iOS 7-friendly design and technologies.

And just a month ago, the app was refreshed with the handy artist updates, the ability to see what your friends have tagged and a new newsfeed-like interface for real-time updates and interactions with the Shazam community.

On Monday, Shazam got bumped to version 7.2 which brings a very interesting feature: if you’re a Rdio user, you can now listen to your Shazam tracks as an Rdio playlist. A few other goodies are included in this Shazam update, listed after the break… Read More

 

Rdio finally brings back Recommendations, revamps Stations player

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2013

Rdio, the popular Internet radio service, has just pushed a long-expected update that has finally enabled a music recommendation engine in its iPhone and iPad app. Fans will remember that the inaugural 1.0 build had that useful feature front and center.

Unfortunately, it was inexplicably pulled as the company started experimenting with stuff like Pandora-style personalized Stations and got busy implementing social features and other enhancements.

It was a little over a month ago that Rdio confirmed plans to bring back the popular music-recommendation capability and today they’ve made good on that promise… Read More

 

Rdio takes on Spotify and others with free mobile radio

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2013

Last summer, Spotify updated its mobile apps with a free Pandora-like radio service, and it has since seen its subscriber base grow by more than a third. Today, Rdio is betting on the same horse with its own mobile radio feature.

Rdio’s radio service—which it calls ‘Stations’—will be available via its mobile apps. Like Pandora or iTunes Radio, users won’t be able to choose a specific song or artist. But they will be able to listen to music based on their tastes… Read More

 
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