Rdio is a Spotify competitor with added social media and music discovery smarts created by the guys behind Skype. Subscribers to the music service can grab an all-new version of the Android app that finally brings it bang up to date with the rival iOS offering.
Rdio’s desktop music streaming service offers up five million tracks for your enjoyment and, like Spotify, if you’re a subscriber to the Premium option ($9.99 per month) then you’ll enjoy unlimited streaming to your phone.
Rdio developed native apps for all the major platforms, but, until this recent redesign, the Android version sadly lagged behind its iOS competitor. It can now hold its head up high and join the Rdio party with pride.
The all-new UI is slick and streamlined, with a simple grid of options including new releases, popular playlists and recommendations.
The new player widget will pop up at a single tap to display the current track information and controls, while if you’re lucky enough to have Ice Cream Sandwich them you’ll also see a player on the lock screen.
But what sets Rdio apart, both on desktop and mobile, is the social media and music discovery possibilities. Like a Twitter for your ears, you can “follow” other Rdio users who seem to have great taste, hook up with friends on existing social networks and hear what everyone is listening to.
Thankfully this latest Android update means that all the music networking smarts can be finally be enjoyed to their full potential while on the go – and you can sync and play tunes even if you’re offline.
The bottom line
Finally a mobile version that may tip Android-owning fans of Rdio over into a full subscription. Great peer-based music discovery.