The State of Digital Music: The Rdio Conversations

However, Spotify Ultimate includes an upgrade in sound quality, and I have to say, compared to Rdio, Spotify sounds amazing. Not even close. I was shocked, to say the least. Something K. Rom needs to know about!

4 months ago

Biker Chick @JP you need to flush your HR. Just focus on the other albums listed. (preferably..the ones below Foxx) Play those and another “new” album till the shuffling begins.

But keep glaring at CAW… I do it all the time. 4 months ago

Jason Paul in more pressing news…will Redd Foxx ever leave my personal heavy rotation thumbnails? (glares at CAW) 4 months ago

Joseph Thornton @Gretchen From what I can tell has a better selection than Spotify at the moment. I’m really not feeling Spotify. Queue and recently played tracks don’t sync like someone else was saying. Also no talking with Spotify uses SHHH 🙂 4 months ago

Jason Paul haha, you found me out. a little shameless i suppose. That guy has good taste. I’m definitely following him. 4 months ago

GrEtcHen JP, I see what you did there on TechCrunch. And I note there’s one guy who claims to have no friends on Rdio…everybody follow him!!!

@Joe, yes it looks better, but they took away every scrap of social. I felt like I was locked in a closet.

@Jared…might be too painful, even for free. Which is what they want of course. 4 months ago

Jason Paul It’s almost as if Techcrunch wrote that article as a counterpoint to the Spotify hype. They could have used MOG as a foil. Rdio seldom gets mentioned in any tech blogs I read. Its very niche. It’s pretty slick for them to prop Rdio up as a service that was even in real competition with Spotify (it is and it isn’t). Thanks to the article they’ve anointed Rdio as the alternative to Spotify. And in music, being the alternative actually has some cache. 4 months ago

Jared Flores Gretchen, the commercials after every play on the Spotify free version are really annoying. But I might ditch Mog for awhile and upgrade to Spotify premium just for the heck of it. 4 months ago

GrEtcHen With Spotify’s free account, I might consider what someone already suggested — use Spotify as a backup to Rdio (and dump MOG and Napster at last). Why not. There’s only a handful of tunes each month I use MOG or Napster for. Free over paying for those two, hellya. 4 months ago

Jason Paul As I’m all about discovery, I would stick with Rdio for good. The social features they describe for Spotify nearly make me vomit in my mouth. 4 months ago

Joseph Thornton In other news, have you gusy checked out how looks now?

Looks like they’ve taken our suggestions and made the site look better: 4 months ago

Jason Paul holy sh*t. It’s happening: Can Rdio Withstand The Spotify Assault? A Feature-By-Feature Look via @techcrunch 4 months ago

John Fowler So I used Spotify for an hour or so today. I was able to find a couple things on there that I can’t find on Rdio, but nothing worth giving up Rdio for.

First thing I noticed was that Spotify has NOTHING from Sub Pop Records, and that is a huge no-no for me. Sub Pop houses classic records for me, and their new signings are getting better and better. As Aroon said, Spotify doesn’t even have the new Washed Out album. So it’s kind of like Rdio vs MOG in that retrospect; there’s some stuff on Spotify that’s not on Rdio, and vice versa. Next thing I gotta comment on is their app. What the hell.

Spotify’s app is a decent design, but too dark and doesn’t feel “comfortable” like Rdio. I installed Spotify on my work laptop, and then on my Macbook. One thing I noticed is that b/c Spotify runs through an app, your playlist/queues are not stored on a server anywhere. It’s only in the app on that machine. That’s Spotify. But with Rdio, the queue I have on my work laptop is the same queue I go home to, or on any computer, or even my iPhone app. Spotify doesn’t do that, and that makes me feel like I have too many places to keep up with something that should be simple. Rdio runs beautifully in a browser tab (convenience!) and their native OSX app is perfect. All my collection is everywhere I go, on whatever device I choose.

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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