Rdio launches new Android app with awesome looks, lock screen controls
Rdio is one of the most popular music streaming services stateside along with apps like Spotify and Pandora, but up until now it lacked the fine polish on its Android app to really make the experience top notch. Now, this changes with the overhauled version of the application, bringing great visuals to Google’s platform and the same simple service.
The first thing you’d notice is the new home page which now shows trending tracks and new releases, making it easier to diversify your listening and discover new songs. It also picks up in social - now you can check out user profiles and their favourite songs and even add them as friends (hello, LastFM). You also have better search allowing you to only look into cached items. The updated Rdio app also features lock screen controls for easier access.
In terms of service, we mentioned it’s simple and remains that way - there are over 12 million tracks for you to pick from and you can make your own playlists out of that collection.
Now all of this costs $10 a month - and that’s what you would need to pay in order to save some time doing endless searches for tracks online. Is it worth it? Are there better alternatives? Chime in with your opinions below.
Total Redesign Delivers More of Rdio's Discovery Features and Instant Music Accessibility into One Streamlined Application
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, Australiaand 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).
Rdio is the ground-breaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 12 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital music collection that's available everywhere - on the web, in-home or in-car, on tablets or mobile phones, and even offline.
Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, one of the creators of Skype. Currently available in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, Rdio is funded by Atomico, Janus Friis through his investment entities, Skype and Mangrove Capital Partners. For more information and to sign up, visitwww.rdio.com.