With Rdio, you get a smooth-running app, some cool features and unlimited listening for $9.99 a month. (But you do know that Pandora is out there for free, right?)
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Let’s assume this WikiAnswers info is correct: On average, 50 albums are released every week in the United States and the UK. That’s a lot of music to keep up with. No wonder there are bunches of music subscription services like Rdio.
With Rdio, the focus is on being social. The idea is to discover new music through other users. You can hunt down your friends on Facebook or Twitter to find out what they’re listening to (follow only those friends whose musical taste you like!) or stick with Rdio’s suggested users, top listeners and “tastemakers” (music media and radio stations whose opinions are respected).
This app compares your music collection and listening history with that of other users to see who has similar tastes in music. The more you sample and give feedback, the more quickly the app will learn what you like and provide recommendations. You can also make your own playlists and collaborate with friends on theirs.
Rdio’s coolest feature is its queue, which is connected to the app’s mother site. Add all those obscure indie bands you’ve heard good things about but haven’t gotten around to listening to, and then, when you have some free time, you can easily pull them up and check them out.
Rdio is a smooth-running app that gives subscribers unlimited listening for $9.99 a month. We think that for $120 a year, you have to be a music hound to get this app, especially when Pandora is out there for, um, free.
Reviewed: May 23, 2011 | Caitlin M. Foyt