Online subscription music service Rdio plans to launch a free, ad-supported music service as part of a partnership with radio station operator Cumulus, according to The New York Times.
The deal, which is expected to be announced Monday, will give Rdio "broad access" to the terrestrial radio giant's programming to help it compete better with Spotify and Pandora and promote Rdio's service across Cumulus' 525 radio stations. In addition to providing content for Rdio users, Cumulus will sell advertising for Rdio's free, ad-supported version, which is expected to launch by the end of the year, … Read more
While there are a number of streaming services available on smartphones, Rdio's quick operations and diverse collection make it a good choice for unlimited and on-demand music streaming. Apart from a large music catalog, this app provides users with a well-designed and streamlined interface. The only visible downside to this app is that it isn't free.
Rdio requires a user account to be set up in order to operate. The account allows for a free trial period, but after this the account requires payments of different levels depending on the devices used for listening. Once initiated, the program … Read more
Musician Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich have removed their music from streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer, saying they're "bad for new music."
In a series of tweets over the weekend, Godrich cited several reasons for removing music by his band, Atoms For Peace, which is fronted by Yorke. (Yorke also fronts for the better-known Radiohead.)
"We're off of Spotify," Godrich said. "Someone gotta say something. It's bad for new music."
In a statement, Spotify said Monday that it has paid $500 million to the holders of music … Read more
Rdio announced the news on its blog Wednesday, saying Vdio is no longer available solely to those people who have Rdio subscriptions.
Rdio launched Vdio in April as a competitor to similar services from Apple and Amazon. The offering lets users buy, rent, and share movies and television shows with others in real time. In addition to Web-based viewing, Vdio lets users access its programming from the iPad through its mobile application.
Vdio is available now … Read more
Rdio for Mac offers easy access to the online music subscription service of the same name and all of its features right from your Mac's dock. The application integrates easily, works seamlessly, and makes using Rdio more convenient.
After downloading, the free application requires an existing or new Rdio account to use. For new users, clicking a well-labeled link makes signing up easy with a confirmation e-mail. The user can then sign in to the application. The main menu is basic, with a search field on the left and playing controls on the bottom. The playing controls operate as … Read more
Rdio takes many of the changes we've seen in music sharing over recent years and compiles them into a single, easy-to-use interface that offers a bit of everything for different types of music lovers.
Rdio's function is straightforward. Subscribe and gain instant access to 20 million songs. Create playlists, download other playlists, or search for bands or albums you want to listen to. Where it stands out is the deep social integration and the ability to create and download playlists to your device for offline listening--something other services like Pandora don't allow. The interface is very intuitive, … Read more
You don't have to be the host of "American Idol" to use Twitter Music anymore.
A little more than a month after CNET broke the news that Twitter was working on a stand-alone music discovery app and a week after that app was rolled out to an invite-only group of celebrities and others -- including Ryan Seacrest -- the general public can now get its hands on the music discovery app.
Twitter officially unveiled #music on Thursday during "Good Morning America." The company later provided more details about the service in a blog post, saying … Read more
Gaming company Electronic Arts has come out with something totally new -- a free music and photo social networking app called Vue.
No, it's not a social network focused game. It's simply a social network.
The question is -- why did a gaming company create a social networking app? It's not yet entirely clear. According to Venture Beat, it is a "low-budget exploratory project" started by EA Partners group.
The premise of Vue is to find songs on music services like Spotify and Rdio, pair them with personal photos, and then share the package with … Read more