I don’t get it why do people have to stream their music? I just carry mine with me on my phone and it’s there if I need it. Then again I don’t feel the need to have access to my entire collection at all times as I don’t listen to all of it. Most albums these days aren’t full of good songs, usually it’s just a few of them that are any good so why do you need all of it?! I never understood that about people who feel the need to have most all of their music with them at all times. I have a 16gb ZuneHD and haven’t even hit 10gig as I constantly change things, I get tired of listening to something and just remove it. Oh well.. to each his own…

Rdio (www.rdio.com), the digital music service started by the creators of Skype, today announced the availability of a completely redesigned Rdio for Android app, now available as a free download from Android Market or as an update for existing users.

The new app offers intuitive navigation with one-click access to features previously available on Rdio for Android, along with several new enhancements and key features including collection, playlists, new releases, top charts, recommendations, and support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s new remote control client. Now Android users not only have easy access to Rdio’s catalog of more than 12 million songs, they can also take advantage of Rdio’s rich social features and extensive music discovery options.

"With the Rdio for Android redesign, we were focused on bringing Android users the best mobile music discovery application possible," said Malthe Sigurdsson, VP of Product, Rdio. "We believe this launch further reinforces our commitment to creating the most visual, social and interactive experience of music across every platform."

New to this version, Rdio for Android now includes:

  • Streamlined Top-level Navigation – All-new home screen design gives one-click access to key features in the app
  • Convenient Control – Take advantage of Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s new remote control client to manage playback controls on the lock screen, including viewing controls and album art
  • New Releases – Be the first to listen to new albums and singles on the day they are released, and access new albums released up to two weeks prior
  • Top Charts – Check out recent chart-topping albums
  • Recommendations – Discover more music by exploring fresh album recommendations based on your listening history
  • Enhanced Search – In addition to searching for artists, albums, and songs, you can now search for Playlists and People
  • Synced collection and playlist views – View only the music you have synced for offline listening, without the need to go into offline mode
  • User Profiles – Search, browse, and follow other Rdio users; discover new music by seeing their activity, who they follow, their playlists and more
  • And features of the previous version including Activity, Collection, Heavy Rotation, Playlists, Listening History, Syncing for offline access, and a variety of settings to control syncing and streaming on Wi-Fi or 3G

Pricing and Availability

New Rdio for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market in the US, Canada, Brazil,Germany, Australia and New Zealand. An Rdio Unlimited subscription is required to access Rdio on mobile devices; new users can sign up directly through the app for a free 7-day trial. Users can also sign up at www.rdio.com.

Rdio offers flexible subscription plans for continued access across a growing number of devices. Plan options include:

  • Rdio Unlimited, $9.99/month: Unlimited Web and mobile streaming on all available devices, as well as wireless syncing to listen offline
  • Rdio Unlimited Family: 2-3 person Rdio Unlimited accounts on one plan for discounted rate (2 for$17.99/month or 3 for $22.99/month)
  • Rdio Web, $4.99/month: Unlimited Web streaming and access through Mac/Windows desktop apps

Rdio is available on the Web; Mac or Windows desktop applications; applications for tablets (iPad, Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox and Android-powered devices) and mobile phones (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7). Rdio is also accessible on in-home devices like Sonos and Roku and in-car with Pioneer AppRadio (some devices may not be available in all territories).

8 COMMENTS

  1. …because when you stream music you don’t have to mess with syncing nonsense to your phone. no more files. no more mp3’s. you don’t have to buy music. you just buy access to music, which is awesome.

  2. Huh? Sync to your phone? Oh, you must be using an iDevice, yeah that sucks that’s why I don’t car for my iPod, my kids use it for games. iTunes never finds it on the first try, or the 2nd, 3rd or 4th for that matter it is such a hassle and nonsense. I just drop mine right on the microSD card and go on my Android phone. As far as my Zune or my WP7 phone it’s just click “add to device”, very simple, no hassles at all.

  3. nope. i’m android all the way. and having to put files on your sd card or “adding files to device” is just as bad as syncing an i-device because it requires unnecessary action. streaming is the future. you don’t have to “do” anything but press play.

  4. Steaming uses HUGE amount of data, which puts a lot of strain on the battery. Not to talk about that you really have to have a perfect connection to listen to music comfortably and be able to scrub.

    Until the entire world, or at least west world in my case, is covered in a uniform super-fast 4G/5G signal and battery tech gets a breakthrough (seems motorola is doing some nice stuff there) local storage is going nowhere.

  5. I have a slacker premium account and I like it because when I get a song in my head I know it is just a search away. I don’t have to pay for it, sync it, whatever. I just listen to it, save it to a favorite, make a new playlist or just never listen to it again. I think the thing people need to look at is if they are spending more than 10 dollars a month on music. If you are, why not get a service like slacker?

  6. Paying $12.50/m for my grandfathered Zune Pass, but I get to keep 10 tracks forever, so more like $2.60/m to stream whatever I want. After using my track credits to secure an album (yeah, call me old fashioned-I like albums) I usually burn a couple CDs; one for the car and one for the stereo. Sure, I could turn on my XBox, open Zune, search for and play the tracks, but hitting play on my 99CD deck is just a tad easier.

    I stream when interested in a particular artist or song, but the tracks are compressed, so I would prefer to download at 256-320 Kbps, and listen the way it was intended.

  7. My wife just bought a Kindle Fire, no SD card, limited internal storage.
    She wants to use it to play music too, and is going to upload her music to cloud storage, to stream it back to the device when she has WiFi available. Home, office, and just about all our friends houses.
    So she needs streaming. I will get her a plug in speaker accessory for V day.
    As for 3g 4g etc…bla bla…They do not want you to stream anything, and will throttle you when you start using too much data. So save it for the WiFi and enjoy.
    Me, I enjoy being able to use an SD card, can double as a flash drive, easy to mange, and upgrade. I am all for an “All In One Device”
    Peace

  8. i have a 30 minute drive to work every morning. i stream rdio there and back each day. i use less than 2 gigs per month in data. rdio puts millions of songs at your fingertips, and you can save music for offline listening, which doesn’t use any data. it is seriously amazing. i could not recommend it more highly.

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