Waist deep into Spotify? Couldn’t fathom using another streaming service? Hold up! Rdio, the first proper, worthy rival to Spotify’s multi-platform onslaught has just landed in the UK. Ready to ditch the green and adopt the blue? Read on for the details…
Rdio is, for all intents and purposes, an incredibly similar beast to Spotify. In its native US the music streaming service has got quite a following, and the service quietly launched in the UK overnight, proffering a web app, Mac and PC desktop apps, alongside mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
You can sign up for a free 7 day trial on Rdio’s website now, after which you’ll be prompted to sign up for either £4.99 per month (for unlimited web access, no ads) or £9.99 per month (mobile/tablet/Sonos,computer app access, no ads).
So far, so Spotify. What’s different? Well, while Spotify limits you to just Playlists, Rdio lets you compile and organise your music in ‘Collections’ with the help of your iTunes library. Like iTunes Match, it’ll match up your collection with music in its own cloud library.
On top of that, music discovery is made easier by a Twitter like ‘following’ aspect. Subscribe to friends, strangers or your favourite artists and you’ll get to see their recommendations.
Tempted? Here come da downside: it seems as though Rdio in the UK is currently suffering from a smaller library than you get in the US. It’s worth mentioning that Spotify was met with similar complaints when it first launched in the US, but that that’s since been ironing itself out. Give it time, and Rdio in the UK will probably do the same.
Intrigued enough to switch camps? Let us know below.