Rdio: Next-Gen Streaming Music Service for Blackberry & iPhone

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 11, 2010

The founders of Skype and Kazaa have joined hands to launch a new social music streaming service for desktop and mobile environments – Rdio. The service will be available on the iPhone and Blackberry handsets and an Android app is expected soon. The service is available in two variants – Rdio Web, which costs $4.99 a month for web-based access and Rdio Unlimited, which costs US$9.99 per month and works on the Web and mentioned smartphones.

Rdio has attained licenses from several leading record labels including Sony, Universal, Warner and EMI. Apart from these, the company also plans to work with a number of indepndent labels. Rdio offers built-in support for integration with Twitter and Facebook.

IMO, Rdio (pronounced R-dee-o) scores over other music streaming services due to its lightweight design. The desktop app is developed using Adobe AIR while the web app uses an AJAX interface. The interface is neat, the player on the left and the playlist on the right. The service also includes a recommendation engine which presents you with some cool options. To tap the advantages of social networking, Rdio lets you view your friends’ music listening history.

Rdio is a brainchild of Kazaa and Skype founders Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström. When Kazaa launched, it was in the news for all the wrong reasons as it incurred the wrath of the entertainment industry for allowing users to download music labels for free using a P2P file sharing mechanism. The company has recently announced on its blog that Rdio’s “Preview” version is now ready and current users will start receiving invitations soon.

In terms of features, Rdio comfortably beats Last.fm, Pandora and other existing streaming services. It is the first streaming service for mobile phones in United States. The downside to Rdio is that it’s currently in beta and available to users only in U.S. It is expected to be rolled out to other parts of the world in near future.

Considering that both Skype and Kazaa were both smashing hits, the stage is now set for Rdio to redefine the future of streaming music on mobile phones.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca >. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com > by: RSS>, Twitter >, Identi.ca >, or Friendfeed >

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Alex Martinez June 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Anything that these two have touched has turned into gold, maybe Rdio will too. I’ve also heard that kazaa is coming back again looking to take over Itunes…

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