The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

Cons: 1. If you are playing something from your queue, and then play something from FB, it will not return to that first album after the FB play is done. Rdio play proceeds to the next thing in your queue. 2. It’s Facebook. Are they sucking up info on all my followers/followed here? Who knows?

Now confirmed: you have to be logged into Rdio/Spotify/a service for the FB play to work.

Conclusion: Like everything else FB, they make it impossible to ignore, possibly impossible to resist. And you’ll feel the same icky feeling they are drinking your blood the whole time you’re enjoying the music. 5 weeks ago

grace martin bleh (3) 5 weeks ago

Jason Paul @Lacey good for you! My rule don’t post anything on there you wouldn’t want on the internet. seems like a dumb rule but you’d be surprised… 5 weeks ago

Lacey Underall Facebook? Never.*

*This is obviously not true. I don’t see how I can resist the evil monopoly much longer. But I’m holding out for now…. 5 weeks ago

Jason Paul Is anyone here actually impressed with this Rdio Facebook ‘integration’? If you were using Spotify I think you’re really getting something…i can’t actually listen to any Rdio tracks in Facebook even though I can see them sort of 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen I need a drink. 5 weeks ago

Mr Paris Great, now two of my addictions are one big fat addiction. 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen You have to set it up from Rdio, not FB.

FB just displays what you’re listening to on Rdio. The same info that’s in your listens here. Start listening to something, it should show up over there. 5 weeks ago

Jason Paul It won’t let me add Rdio plays to my Profile like Spotify. Spotify wants to take over the feed to listen to anything…I don’t wanna do it that way…I think the Rdio Facebook app isn’t ready yet or something 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen I can see you “liked” Rdio (good call JP). Haven’t seen “listens” for you yet. I can see Qat is listening to White Orange…gawd I hate FB, I can barely figure out how to navigate around. Still as unintuitive as ever, even with an overhaul. 5 weeks ago

Jason Paul Doesn’t feel that well executed at least on the Rdio integration end of things. The songs won’t load. Spotify stuff seems like it works with Facebook quite a bit better thus far… 5 weeks ago

Jason Paul Can you see me now? I can see you so I guess it’s working! 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen go to settings>external I deleted the FB connection and readded. that seemed to do it.

I see Qat’s and Turd’s listens over on FB. It looks a lot like Lala’s feed did. OMG did I say that??? 5 weeks ago

Jason Paul I accidentlly didn’t do the music only FB acct and now I can’t find it….unless it does it automatically? no idea how to find out if it’s actually working 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen Yeah, tod posted a link last week that this was coming (v down there v). I just linked my “music only” FB account (set up in anticipation of this direction) to Rdio, so let’s see how this thing behaves. Actually, it’s more a matter of seeing how many people will sit in their FB environment watching those feeds, versus watching the Rdio only feed here. I honestly don’t know what will happen. 5 weeks ago

David Crompton Is this what you were referring to about the ‘FB thing’ ? 5 weeks ago

Biker Chick bleh {2} 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen bleh. I got a prompt from Rdio to yoke, I mean hook myself up. 5 weeks ago

David Crompton So now FB is getting hot and heavy with Rdio. It’s all hooked up. Anyone else checked this out? http://blog.rdio.com/us/2011/09/now-playing-on-facebook.html 5 weeks ago

GrEtcHen I was ignoring the FB thing because it scares me. It’s the right thing but I hate that it’s FB doing it. I hope another choice comes along. 6 weeks ago

tod nelson And as Mog morphs into a Spotify clone, Rhapsody is trying to become Rdio–they just launched beta features that seem to mimic Rdio’s social functions, including followers and following.

3 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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