The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

David Crompton I know it’s old news south of the border but it seems FB finally flipped the switch on the music app–I’m totally underwhelmed though–there doesn’t seem to me much to it. Do you people have the ability to play tracks within FB? My current exerience is just links to Rdio and a mostly blank ‘music app’ with a couple of recent updates ‘So and So listened to such and such’ and a big white space in the middle… 4 days ago

Jason Paul Here we go again — My reply on a that ReadWriteWeb Interview with the Founder of SoundCloud turned into an Essay: The Future of SoundCloud 1 week ago

Jason Paul Interview with founder of SoundCloud: It’s interesting to me why SoundCloud hasn’t become like YouTube. Everyone here would probably agree that we consume audio voraciously. But it seems we’ve been conditioned for professional audio. I admit to loving the idea of SoundCloud and even using it a bit, but I really wouldn’t go there for listening pleasure (I go here for that). But I suppose I don’t really go to Youtube all that much either…but YouTube is a staple on sites both pro and personal. 1 week ago

Lacey Underall Little bit off-topic, but I’m pretty disappointed in iOS 5. The one thing I really wanted was weather (since I don’t like the 3rd party apps) but that wasn’t included for iPhone.

News Stand doesn’t do anything but force all my magazine subscriptions into a News Stand icon. If I wanted them all in one group icon I would have put them there.

I do not care about reminders or messages. Which is cool if other people do, it’s a nice feature. But why can’t I get rid of the icons if I’m not going to use them?

Notifications doesn’t do much for me since I don’t really email/notes/twitter on my iPad. Furthermore, it’s exactly like Notifications on Android. Which I mean, it’s a big improvement for Apple users but really it’s just fixing a major flaw.

Same thing with iCloud. I’m digging iCloud. But the major reason is I hated syncing to my PC because iTunes sucked so bad. On Android I already have wireless update/sync but I almost never use it because I don’t mind just copying stuff to and from PC directly.

If I could, I’d actually go back to iOS 4 + iCloud. 2 weeks ago

David Crompton Still don’t have the full Facebook music thing happening in Canada—I guess FB rolling it out in ‘about a week’ may still have been accurate as it was never stated which specific week. 2 weeks ago

Jason Paul Facebook friends music streaming thus far: So it is not the revolution I thought/hoped it would be as of yet. It’s only been a few weeks though. I can report that a handful of friends are using Spotify, Rdio is well represented (although that’s mostly by some of you guys) and MOG shows up in third place. If I’m right that this is a revolution in music consumption this is the crucial time for these services to aquire customers. From what I’ve observed, if you start with Spotify you probably want leave it, same with Rdio and Mog. What upsets me is that I feel like most people aren’t really shopping around for the best one. They believe the Spotify hype, it’s a familiar player environment, they think it’s the best thing ever (because they didnt’ even know about Rdio). But I do like that currently in press about music subscriptions you can’t say Spotify without saying Rdio and MOG in the same breath. 3 weeks ago

GrEtcHen something’s changed, because even recently, I used to be able to get my playlists back in Google search results. Now I cannot.

Used to see MOG posts in Google results. That was a bit freaky. 3 weeks ago

Jason Paul i think i think that because whatever it is that is keeping comments from showing up on mobile probably prevents them from being crawled. I’m not sure if non-indexed comments are deliberate but I don’t think the good folks at Rdio care too much about it. But I believe it’s tied into how Facebook conversations are also not crawled by google. Unless I’m wrong about that, but I never see FB conversations in my thousands of google searches. 3 weeks ago

4 thoughts on “The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations”

  1. Great post and comments!

    Right. So… Is Rdio the Future of Music?

    The problem with these sorts of “x is the future of y” discussions, particularly where technology is concerned, is that x always changes the nature of y. Because of this, you can never quite arrive at point y.

    I see Rdio and it’s ilk bumping into a few issues shortly that run along these lines:

    1) The closer these services get to delivering on the promise of offering “almost everything” in the world of music, the more they will underscore what isn’t offered. Put another way, how much music needs to be available to make up for the fact that what you want to hear right now isn’t?

    2) Part of the appeal of these services lies in the social aspect, which presently is built on the enthusiasm of early adopters and music nerds. The tone and quality of the social interaction will change as more users sign on. Will Rdio still be compelling?

    3) Rdio is presently a novel way of trying to monetize music in a time where monetizing music is difficult. It’s an experiment that is occurring concurrently with other experiments at trying to resuscitate the monetization of music. A verdict will be reached. Recent high profile releases by Coldplay, Black Keys, Tom Waits — to name a few — are not present on Rdio. Presumably this is because posting on streaming services is viewed as possibly undermining the success of other channels, both experimental and traditional. Is this the start of a verdict being reached? Will this assessment be shared by others?

    Just a few thoughts.


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