The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

dbeachy i do so love how rdio picks up my queue where i left off, even when i accidentally kill the tab or the whole browser goes *pOOf*. (but not between web + mobile 🙁 ). one neato thing i ran across on spotify is the label search, e.g. label:”merge records”. 3 months ago

Biker Chick I would say just dunk your whole hand in a vat of bleach… but that is just me. 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson @ bucket – I have the app and it has worked pretty decent so far. I do like how the Rdio app incorporates your web queue. Spotify does not do that.

…you may want to wash your hand after you high five me… 3 months ago

Bucket J Somewhat off topic but I’d be interested to hear thoughts on the spotify iphone app from a premium user and how it compares to the rdio app. I find the rdio app is buggy when it comes to syncing large number of songs. Can you control what syncs on 2 phones etc? cheers

high five to @turd! 3 months ago

Jason Paul @John Fowler she sounds really good. Reminds me of Hole a little bit. I have the same problem in that I can’t get any of my old albums on Rdio because there’s no deal with CD Baby or Tunecore. I’ll be shameless too 😀 3 months ago

John Fowler I’m going to do a little shameless promotion for my girlfriend’s album since it is on Spotify. Spotify does have a good agreement with Tunecore that Rdio needs.

Check it out, guys & gals 🙂 3 months ago

Jason Paul Can anyone ‘Share’ this playlist with @Rdio on Rdio to get them to pay attention? I am not cool enough for them to be following me. First impression of Spotify…well, it doesn’t seem social at all. I can’t find any of y’all for one. I suppose it’s cause i’m so used to Rdio’s app. 3 months ago

Turd Ferguson I just found that on Spotify that is you are searching and adding things to your playlist it will fill up your play queue will suggested songs. Kind of cool…until you try to find out how to delete them from your queue if you do not want to hear them.

Tip: they are always at the bottom of your queue so anything you add will supersede them. If you restart Spotify they will disappear or you can double click on the last song. If you try to forward past a song it will just keep adding more to your queue. 3 months ago

GrEtcHen @Lacey, when I asked Rdio about it, they suggested having these types of conversations over on their Help forum (which has search capabilities and threading all the normal sort of stuff you’d expect for discussions). I was like, thanks but no thanks. Prefer to keep it linked to the music, like you say.

btw, we recognized fairly early (the first week?) discussions required a playlist. having lengthy free range conversations on artist/album/song pages was not a good idea. Talk there should be pretty much self-limited to comments directly related to the artist/album/song 3 months ago

Jason Paul @CAW I mean to say this yesterday. Well played. Well played. 3 months ago

Lacey Underall @Waylon C… I get your point, but I kind of like it or at least I’m not bothered by it.

Rdio is a music site. So I think most of the things you do on here should be related to music. I kind of like the fact that I have to send a bit of music to send a message to people here. If it were an option, I’d always pick it anyway.

Same thing with the “reviews.” You can have a free-ranging conversation, but music is still always a part of it. If you’d rather tweet or facebook, there are links available.

I do think it might be nice if Rdio were to have some sort of forum or whatever for a discussion like this since it involves user opinions on their product. But for the most part, this is a music site and while it includes social features, those features should stay music-oriented. Otherwise it’s just another social networking thing with a music sideline. And there are too many others in the social network competition. 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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