Popular music streaming service Rdio recently added a free plan. Like Spotify, Rdio lets users stream, cache, and share songs across devices.
Now that Rdio is free with limited use, users will have access to millions of tracks for free on Rdio’s apps. The service is ad-free, but you do have a limit of how much music you can play each month…
“Some of the best things in life are free, and starting today, Rdio is one of them. New Rdio users in the US can take advantage of many of our popular features for free, including streaming full songs without hearing a single ad — a meter at the top of your profile will show you how much free music you have each month.”
You can sign up for Rdio on the web or desktop app. Logging in through Facebook will give you access to the service immediately. When you sign up for a free account, a meter at the top of your account will show you how much free music you have left for the month.
I was unable to find how much music Rdio actually gives you with a free account, but it seems that you’ve got a decent amount. Not enough to totally fill your regular listening habits, but enough. And hey, it’s free.
Rdio’s app for the iPhone and iPad is really nice. All of the music player features you’d expect are there, and you can also share music you like with friends on social networks like Twitter and Facebook.
I love the look of Rdio, and streaming music on the iOS app is seamless. The interface is pretty, and there’s an impressive catalog of music to listen to. Playlists you create can be shared on Rdio for others to use. It’s easy to find new music on Rdio, and you may discover that you want to pay for a full plan after trying it out. It will be interesting to see how Rdio continues to stay relevant when iTunes Match drops next month.
If you like Rdio’s app and service, you can buy a full plan for unlimited streaming. An unlimited plan for web and mobile is $9.99/month with a 14-day, no-commitment trial.
Your music and preferences are synced wirelessly across your devices. It’s slick.