Spotify may be the current most popular streaming music service available on the market, but Rdio is working hard to change that. Today, the company updated its mobile app with a completely redesigned look and multiple device syncing, not to mention the ability to remotely control your music from any other device.
Gone are the days of being forced to listen to the same 20 songs over and over on local broadcast stations. Now, streaming music services offer customized listening experiences that free us from the tyranny of shock jocks and overly saturated pop stars. Pandora was one of the first to offer such services, but since then, others have capitalized and improved the program. Now, Spotify, MOG, Rdio and others have joined the future of music to offer us hand-picked tunes that we can access any time we want.
Spotify quickly took the lead in this department, offering deep Facebook integration and a tiered subscription that even lets users listen for free. Rdio is not far behind in the streaming music industry, but it has never quite reached the popularity that Spotify has and the company is trying to change that. Recently, Rdio added integration with independent music aggregators, CD Baby and TuneCore. They even launched the “Rdio Artist Program” to allow musicians to share their own music and even earn money for new subscriptions they bring in.
In addition to revamping their website and bringing in more music, Rdio just updated their mobile app with a much more stylish, “clean web” look that features simple text, white-themed backgrounds and a more cohesive user interface.
The Rdio app now also features playback control, which lets you see music that is currently streaming elsewhere, like your desktop, and gives the option to continue playing on your mobile device. The new remote control feature lets you control the Rdio app or website from another device. For example, if you are playing a song on your iPad using Rdio, you can adjust the volume or pick a new song by using your iPhone from across the room.
The update is free and available today from the App Store. Currently Rdio does not offer a free subscription, so you’ll have to pay a minimum of $4.99 per month for Web access only, or $9.99 per month for Web and mobile access. You can sign up from the company’s website or directly from within the app.