Rdio

Rdio, a big-name streaming music service (and my personal favourite out of the bunch), today updated their Android app with some significant changes. The last update was this summer, and simply optimized the app for Ice Cream Sandwich. With the latest version, the home landing page is now a lot more helpful, offering quick links to trending tracks, new releases, and recommendations. Thanks to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the app also lets you control tracks and view album art from, the lock screen. The app is also getting a bit more sociable; now you can also search for users, view their collections, and add them as friends from the app. That feature in particular is great, because I consider the social element the biggest benefit of Rdio. Search has been further tweaked so that you can filter results for only what's cached locally - ideal for those times that you want to get your tuneage, but don't want to kill your battery with streaming. 

As always, Rdio for Android lets you build up a personal collection of music out of a 12 million-track library, stream individual songs and playlists, sync up some songs to your phone for offline access, and discover new music through friends that are also using the service. Up here in Canada, we don't have access to Spotify and Pandora, so Rdio and Slacker are our only options for sharing mobile music to the Facebook stream. Slacker has some solid tailor-made stations, but I tend to side with Rdio for being more personal. 

Interested? You can find a download link and video demo of the update after the jump. Just keep in mind that you have to shell out $10/month for mobile access. 

YouTube link for mobile viewing

 
There are 4 comments

I'll be honest. I love RDIO. But I never really paid any attention to the lack of features. I just cached locally and played music. But this update is FANTASTIC. Especially the UI changes and the lock screen controls

slopokdave says:

I 10000000% agree!!! It's so wonderful.... Nearly everything has been improved or altered in someway.

The ONLY thing I desire is I still cannot click on any artist, album, etc to be taken to more albums or songs about that artist. I have to search for them, unless I am missing something?

I see what you're saying. I just think they assume if you want a list of albums you'll search the artist. And if you want to listen to music you don't want to be bothered by lists of things

slopokdave says:

Yup exactly. Perhaps it counteracts their idea of "finding music", but sometimes you don't want to find an artist from the social aspect.

I posted a question/request in their android discussion forum. I hope they respond....