The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

Ray W Give me the sound. Rdio won’t speak up. 3 months ago

dbeachy oh hellz yeah! 3 months ago

Karin A Whoa. I can’t believe I ate the whole thing. But I did. I’m so glad you guys are having these conversations because this is the very thing that has a good shot at encouraging evolution on rdio’s part. I had Swedish Spotify around the time the great lala migration to mog happened and deleted it shortly after giving it a spin. It just seemed redundant. For me, it’s still rdio + + my good ole iTunes library. Finally ended my subscription to mog after months of waffling.

Thanks for an entertaining & educational read, Everybody! I’m full now… 🙂 3 months ago

Lacey Underall Hello, Shelflife!

I loves me some twee. Not all the time, or even most of the time. But when I needs it, I NEEDS it. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen gotta say, all of a sudden I’m seeing a whole pile of adds from back catalogs in my feed…so who was sayin’ competition would be good? 🙂 3 months ago

Turdish Burl For some labels / distribution outfits sure but for many genres the label acts as a vital filter. I am a huge true school industrial fan for example and being able to browse Cold Meat Industry’s collection is a lot less soul crushing than trying to search for every single item from their back catalog. I also love electro soundtrack worship and checking out Giallos Flame’s label just led me to the equally awesome The Emperor Machine. Voodoo Rhythm Records is another case in point, they act as a great filter for messed up psychobilly and roots material. etc., etc. 3 months ago

Nohbdy I personally don’t get into which label which artist is on. For the most part I find that most labels catalogs are hit or miss for me, so seeking out labels to find artists doesn’t work. But I’m glad for those of you who it does work for. 3 months ago

Jared Flores Great news! This is huge for the AJC. Label pages was one of my first requests when we came here! 3 months ago

GrEtcHen Gonna make finding newly added albums (vs new releases) much easier. 3 months ago

Matt Marine About freaking time. I love checking out what labels have to offer when I like a couple of their artists already. This is a huge improvement. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen As Turdish says, Rdio is creating label pages…like this one for Sub Pop:

You can get to it via a link from any album on that label. 3 months ago

Jason Paul @Turdish That’s awesome! But I don’t see it. Also, I don’t see why Rdio couldn’t do that exact thing about integrating your iTunes songs with the Rdio desktop app that Spotify is doing. 3 months ago

Turdish Burl Looks like just added browse by label. Hell yeah! 3 months ago

Jason Paul spotify:user:iamjasonpaul i concur…pretty lame to do it this way. very antisocial! 3 months ago

Rhett C spotify:user:rhettc

geez Spotify, who thought it was a good idea to do a user search with syntax like that? laughable 3 months ago

GrEtcHen What’s New > Top Lists ranked lists for Tracks vs. Albums appear, with pull down filters for everywhere/in US/for me/in another area

pretty useless though unless you’re into Top 40 3 months ago

Jason Paul One thing I really love on Rdio is the transparency. I LOVE seeing how many plays a track/album/artist is getting. (And I love that Foster the People is kicking the sh*t out of Beyonce and Gaga). I am not seeing that kind of information anywhere on Spotify. 3 months ago

unhillbilly @dbeachy Search-by-label is something asked for here for a while .. see I keep forgetting there is a forum to beg for features. 3 months ago

Jason Paul One thing I wish the Rdio app would incorporate is more of the social aspect. I really needed to respond to CAW’s submission to this playlist yesterday afternoon. But I was out and alas I could only chuckle to myself privately. 3 months 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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