Rdio’s streaming service has only been around for a year, but the company has managed to launch an iPad native-app before the highly acclaimed service, Spotify.
The new iPad app features a simple, but beautiful user interface that is easy to use and navigate, and it also comes with a catalog of more than 10 million songs to choose from, including stream on-demand. However, Rdio’s app is already showing signs of what could happen when developers and content providers use iTunes for subscription payments.
Rdio’s new streaming app is universal, but it also includes some bug fixes for existing iPhone users. The app has been designed to maximize some of the most popular social networking channels available today. You can check what your friends are listening to by simply tapping into their playlists on Facebook and Twitter, or other Rdio members. You can also post suggestions on your friends’ walls.
The new iPad layout is much better than what you get on the iPhone. It’s quite easy to search and find artists or to see what is trending with your friends. The app will highlight new releases, best songs, and will also make recommendations based on what you’ve listened to before.
However, Rdio’s app already shows how iTunes subscriptions could impact the pricing scheme for certain applications. Rdio’s iPad app comes with a free 7-day trial, but if you sign up for a subscription via the app (via iTunes) it will cost you $14.99/month. This is a bit steep. It translates to 50% more than what other consumers pay for the service when signing up via Rdio’s website.
The new iPad app certainly looks great. But, there are other options in the market for you – Pandora, Slacker and Spotify. It really depends on your personal preferences and whether or not you’re willing to pay for a subscription service. You might still want to give it a try, after all, it comes with a free trial.
Rdio’s app can be downloaded now for free.