The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

David Crompton Indeed- great link Gretchen. Ideally though I’d like to see one or a bunch of us early adopters on the questioning end. The Exploremusic guy doesn’t sound that familiar with Rdio as of yet–of course we’d get a bit more granular, I’m sure! 2 months ago

Jason Paul @GrEtcHen that’s a really great link! Mandatory viewing for this playlist! 2 months ago

GrEtcHen Like this? Or something else? http://youtu.be/ItXBuw09vjI 2 months ago

David Crompton I’d love to hear some frank talk from inside the Rdio camp about how they perceive the social piece. 2 months ago

Jason Paul @Paul Hoping you’re right on the new iterations of the Rdio app. Rdio is such a low key service that it seems like there’s no rumor mill to even speculate on what’s coming next. The Rdio iPad app is good, Very good. It’s in a class of its own. But as we’re all privy to the desktop app I don’t think any of us will be satisfied until they figure out how to get that same level of depth we have in the desktop app into the iPad. My one concern is that the iPad App seems so well designed it feels like they left off all those informational and social features on purpose. If this was any other music app we wouldn’t even know what we’re missing. But they’ve opened the floodgates.

I want to get to the point where I never have to open the desktop app again because I can get the same stuff on the iPad app (and the iPhone app too for a bonus!) 2 months ago

Paul Goode I tried Spotify for a few cycles, even did the premium service. Ultimately, the experience was confusing and even frustrating. I just don’t get it.

Rdio just feels right.

As for the Rdio iPad app, I assume they pushed it out and will iterate new features along the way. In a few minutes of using it, I stumbled into a lot of the issues that were mentioned here (including the oddball “offline” mode).

I assume that Rdio has their designers and developers leading with the desktop app, and the iOS apps will have to catch up on features. It will be a happy surprise to discover that Rdio rapidly updates the iOS/iPad stuff… but not holding my breath… or am I?

(Now, I want to run Rdio on the iPad, having it control the queue even if Rdio is being played from my desktop app.)

Right now, the new Rdio queue stuff (AKA “play later”) is a little confusing after my player goes into “autoplay” mode… but I’ll figure it out… and LOVE the continuosly relevant music that it introduces to me.

I don’t know exactly what to expect from Apple when their music service appears, but they’re going to provide stiff competition on the service level… but I don’t want to leave “THIS” kind of engaging social content behind. Airplay for Rdio will be nice, plus some kind of small family plan would be friendly. (They mention a family plan in their TOS.) 3 months ago

skydivingrhino (rob) Jason, I was having the same issues initially (where it kept slipping into offline mode). Completely shutting down & restarting iPad seems to have solved it.

btw, fully agree with you re: Spotify, Bill … just not doing it for me 3 months ago

bill berry fwiw, love the look and feel of the rdio ipad app. not exactly sure what it does that’s not available on the iphone version, but uses the extra screen space well. if reviews and other social features are added, the ipad could provide the best rdio experience. at least until the mac desktop app drops flash (!!) and can stream via AirPlay.

i’ve found spotify totally, completely, 100 percent underwhelming. i still hate the fact i can’t search for a song title and have rdio return logical, usable results that don’t waste my time, and reviews really don’t work without notifications. but at least rdio facilitates community (or its brilliant community creates itself on rdio’s incomplete and simple social tools).

which is all to say, unless apple brings back lala, adds streaming, and truly integrates my existing collection (at least that last one is, you know, promised…), rdio will continue to be the best place (for me) to hang out.

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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