Subscribe to this page now.

Rdio will cull connection to The Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition

03/12, 8:07am

Rdio will stop using Spotify-owned music intelligence service in future

Rdio will be changing the way it offers listeners music, by not using The Echo Nest in the future, the company has revealed. Following the purchase of the music intelligence company by Spotify, Rdio is keen to not help its chief competition by providing it with more data about its user's listening habits, instead relying on other methods to offer music discovery and curation.

more

Briefly: Rdio app adds playlist editing, Mac Pro 2013 memory upgrades

02/11, 3:45pm

Music streaming service Rdio adds playlist editing, reviews to app

Social music streaming service Rdio has released an update for its iOS app today. Offering those subscribed the ability to play any music available on the service, users can also access a variety of station mixes based off of any track. Collections and playlists can be created, and synced to a device for offline listening. In v2.5.7, users can edit playlists from any mobile device by adding, removing and rearranging tracks via the app. Collaboration and visibility settings can also now be accessed, and users can now write and read reviews of albums and playlists. The Rdio app for iOS is free to download, with free unlimited access to the service for the first two weeks of usage. Monthly subscriptions for full service access are priced starting at $10.

more

Briefly: Aereo reopens in New York, Tesla gains Rdio in Europe

02/07, 6:29am

Aereo reopens new registrations in New York City after extending capacity

Aereo has re-opened itself to new subscribers in New York, after rectifying its temporary capacity issues in the region. The cloud-based DVR service will not be allowing for new registrations, reports CNet, with a company spokesperson advising those who pre-registered will get priority for joining the service, with others expected once the wait list queue is shortened. Aereo's other service areas remain unaffected.

more

Briefly: Backblaze version 2.5, Rdio working on Chromecast support

02/05, 11:49am

BackBlaze 2.5 updates online accounts, adds e-mail notifications

Backblaze has updated its software to version 2.5, adding a number of account-related and client changes. The main account page has been reorganized with a new overview of computers and attached drives, with e-mail notifications able to be sent to users if their licensed computer does not communicate with the service for 14 days, a similar e-mail for internal and external drives that have not been backed up for some time, and a frequent account summary message for all devices on the account. The client is now twice as fast in compiling a list of files to back up, and removed the 4GB individual file size limit, allowing any file to be backed up.

more

Briefly: Rdio adds sharing options, Twitter adds photo editing to apps

01/28, 7:08am

Rdio adds social sharing bar to web, desktop apps

Rdio has updated its web and desktop apps to make it easier for users to share tracks with social networks. The official blog reveals users can click on a song, album, or playlist and then drag it to a new sharing pop-up on the right-hand side of the screen. Users can then select whether they wish to share the tracks over Facebook, Twitter, or to other Rdio users, or alternatively, add it to a playlist in a fourth option on the same panel.

more

Briefly: Microsoft offers Windows Phone 8 games, Rdio shutters Vdio

12/29, 7:53pm

Microsoft adds classic Windows desktop games to Windows Phone 8

Owners of Windows Phone 8 devices can now download updated versions of classic Windows desktop games, according to the company blog. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper, and Mahjong are all listed in the Windows Phone Store, and introduce features such as Xbox Live integration, stat tracking, and the option to start a game on one device then completing it at a later time on another.

more

Briefly: Rdio expands to 20 more countries, Steam Mobile iOS updates

12/11, 7:49am

Rdio opens service to another 20 countries, covers a total of 51

Rdio has expanded its reach to include 20 more markets, bringing its total coverage to 51 territories across six continents. The areas the streaming audio service now operates in include Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Panama, South Africa, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Hungary. It is not clear if Rdio will be offering a free account option alongside the subscription version in these countries, something users in the United States, Canada, and Australia already enjoy.

more

Rdio introduces free music streaming service in US, Canada, Australia

10/03, 5:17am

Ad-free service on mobile apps, advertising on Rdio web player

Internet radio service Rdio has launched its free music service in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Stemming from a deal with radio station operator Cumulus Media last month, the service will now offer a subscription-free way to listen to music, as it tries to wean users away from competitors such as Spotify and Pandora.

more

Reported Rdio, broadcaster deal could lead to free service in future

09/16, 7:11am

Deal would see content shared from 525-station radio network with Rdio

Rdio could be offering a free version of its service before the end of the year, as part of a deal with a radio broadcaster. Expected to be announced later today, Rdio is said to be working with radio station operator Cumulus Media that will see the streaming service gain access to the broadcaster's programming and offer an advertising-based free service, in exchange for stock.

more

Twitter #music track-discovery added to Spotify, Rdio streaming apps

09/14, 11:42pm

Twitter-generated playlists available from within streaming music apps directly

Twitter has expanded the reach of its #music service, with two music streaming companies adding it directly into their apps. Spotify and Rdio both offer the option to view playlists generated by Twitter #music, with the additions being the first time Twitter #music has appeared in apps other than its own iOS version, and the website.

more

Rdio adds You FM, other station improvements

08/08, 2:37pm

Friend FM pulls music based on friends' habits

Online music service Rdio has launched a series of station-related upgrades. Central to these is "You FM," a Pandora-like station which plays a listener's favorite tracks, along with related ones for variety. Similiarly, new Friend FM stations give people a sample of their friends' tastes.

more

Briefly: Rdio adds five-member accounts, Samsung launches Jay-Z app

06/24, 2:59pm

Rdio adds options for four, five-member accounts in family subscriptions

Rdio has updated its family subscription plans to allow for up to five members to have Rdio Unlimited access in a single account. Two-member and three-member accounts for the streaming music service still cost $18 and $23 respectively, writes The Next Web, with the new four-user plan now going for $28, and the maximum five-member version priced at $33 per month.

more

Rdio opens up Vdio to users in US, UK with per-show, film pricing

06/19, 8:27pm

Social media features present, no monthly subscription

Video streaming service Vdio has exited its pre-release phase and is now open to users in the United States and the United Kingdom. The service, created by streaming music provider Rdio, will allow anyone in the two countries, including those not subscribed to Rdio, to access the service through the website and through its companion iPad app.

more

Rdio overhauls Mac client software to reflect iOS changes

05/29, 12:24pm

New design puts focus on album art

Streaming music service Rdio has launched a redesigned version of its Mac client. The updated software takes after the current iOS app, adopting a minimalist interface. In the Now Playing view, clicking a list icon at the bottom right of the screen will bring up album art and the current playlist; an enlarged, blurred-out version of the album serves as a background.

more

Twitter for Mac gets Notification Center ties; Rdio updates iOS app

05/22, 8:37pm

Rdio adds people, artist, label search

Twitter has released a new version of its free Mac client, v2.2.1. While mostly a maintenance update, it also adds OS X Notification Center integration, pushing alerts whenever a mention or direct message is received. Some of the update's fixes solve broken Growl notifications, the account switcher going missing in the composer window, and a bug that prevented un-favoriting tweets.

more

BlackBerry shuttering BBM Music service on June 2nd

04/04, 5:30am

Subscribers sent e-mail suggesting Rdio as replacement

BlackBerry is shutting down its BBM Music discovery service after being in operation for less than two years, with hefty competition from Spotify, Pandora, and others likely to be the cause for the closure. BBM Music will stop functioning for subscribers as of June 2nd, with the phone manufacturer pointing customers in the direction of Rdio with a free 30-day trial as a possible replacement.

more

Rdio launches Vdio streaming service with social media integration

04/03, 5:28pm

Content available for rental and purchase, no subscription service available

Music streaming purveyor Rdio is previewing its long-awaited next effort -- the video streamer Vdio. Calling it a "beautiful new way to buy, rent, and share your favorite movies and TV shows with your friends," the service is available today in pre-release form with a $25 viewing credit given to existing and new Rdio Unlimited subscribers.

more

TuneCore, CD Baby deal pushes Rdio catalog to over 18M

08/16, 2:04pm

Expanded catalog reaches same level as Spotify

Music streaming service Rdio has expanded its music catalog to over 18 million songs, with a large proportion of additional tracks coming from independent artists. The increase of over three million tunes stem from 'landmark' deals with music distributors TuneCore and CD Baby, both of which are considered "two of the best distribution tools out there for independent artists" by Rdio CEO Drew Larner.

more

New version of Rdio application for OSX launches

05/14, 8:35pm

Available in app form for Windows, Mac, mobile

A new version of the subscription streaming music service Rdio has launched, bringing with it a native Mac OS X application for the first time. Previous versions were web-based. The new version is available on browsers, and applications Windows, the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7. All versions allow listening to over 15 million tracks on the Rdio service.

more

Rdio launches service in the UK, France

05/03, 10:20am

Rdio prices web service at 5, mobile at 10

As expected, Rdio has just launched its paid music streaming service in the UK and France. Pricing is not a surprise either, with 5 ($8) per month for web browser streaming and 10 ($16) for mobile and web streaming. This mimics the price structure and offerings from competitor Spotify, which launched in the UK.

more

Facebook intros Listen button to artists' pages

04/17, 3:45pm

Facebook brings Listen button to musician pages

Facebook has quietly added a dedicated Listen button to the pages for major musicians. Conveniently placed next to the Like button, the Listen button will bring up the most commonly accessed streaming music service on a user's account. In our case, it was Rdio, but Spotify and others can pop up as well.

more

Roku players arrive in Canada

04/16, 7:50am

Roku media hub arrives with slight premium

Roku on Monday kicked off its Canadian launch. The country will get two higher-end models in the lineup, the Roku 2 XD and Roku 2 XS, both of which can handle 1080p video; the XS bundles in the Wii-like motion remote and includes both Ethernet and USB for wired access and local content. Canadians get much of the same content, including Netflix, Rdio music, and major sports like the MLB and NHL, although US-specific services like Hulu Plus are out of contention.

more

Rdio preps radio-like, hands-off listening

04/06, 4:30pm

Rdio working on new free-flowing radio feature

Online music streaming service Rdio plans to offer a radio-like listening option to its service, letting users set and forget a station or constant music playback, VP of Product Malthe Sigurdsson revealed in an interview with GigaOM. Doing so would mimic similar features from competitors like Spotify and Slacker, the latter offering it on their paid, Premium service.

more

Spotify's paid adoption in US rumored disappointing

04/04, 6:20pm

Spotify may havw slow US paying subs

Spotify's ability to lure paying subscribers in the US might be disappointing labels if a rumor proves true. Those near the labels have supposedly told the New York Post that there were fewer paying for the $5 or $10 tiers than the industry had hoped for. Free users either weren't staying subscribed for long, weren't leaping to the $10 Premium tier, or weren't renewing, one of the unnamed contacts said.

more

Weird Al sues Sony for $5m over lost digital royalties

04/03, 8:40pm

Weird Al claims Sony underpaying on Internet music

"Weird Al" Yankovic accelerated a trend that may see musicians get better pay for their Internet content after suing Sony Music Entertainment for at least $5 million. The suit, filed in New York City on Friday, followed a similar pattern to the Eminem dispute, where the Straight Outta Lynwood producer and his company Ear Booker alleged that Sony had deprived him of sales revenue at iTunes and elsewhere by counting them as sales rather than licenses, which would give him a 50 percent cut of what the publisher receives. He also argued that fiscal stake in YouTube Sony has in return for its content deal also means he should get a proportionate amount of money for plays on his videos.

more

RIAA data shows streaming music up 19%, downloads up 22%

03/27, 4:15pm

RIAA shows streaming on the rise

New RIAA music data has shown streaming music starting to get mainstream acceptance in the US. Although the number of those paying for subscription music services like Rdio, Slacker, and Spotify in 2011 was small at 1.8 million users, it represented an 18.9 percent boost over the year before. Revenue was up by a smaller rate, at 13.5 percent, as the faster paid subscriber rate was partly offset by free or low-cost users signing up.

more

Rdio readies for UK/Europe launch

03/23, 7:00pm

Music service cuts deal for music digital rights

Rdio has moved on step closer to launching its digital music subscription service in Europe. The San Francisco-based company has signed a licensing agreement with PRS for Music, the organization that manages rights for 85,000 British songwriters and music publishers. The agreement will enable Rdio to legally stream the artists' music to Rdio's subscribers throughout Europe.

more

MOG posts Windows desktop app

03/23, 5:35pm

Native app brings HD audio to the PC desktop

Mog has posted a new app for Windows desktop owners. With it, subscribers can listen to music from the music service's catalog of over 14 million songs on their windows PC as well as their mobile device or Mac. The app features a native audio decoder for improved audio playback quality.

more

Rumor: MOG bought for $12m, Beats just a proxy for HTC

03/23, 3:45pm

Beats said buying MOG on HTC's behalf

Beats Audio's increasingly corroborated acquisition of MOG is now thought by sources to have not only been completed but ultimately a shell operation. The anonymous insiders near MOG told GigaOM that MOG had sold for just under $12 million. Although Beats made the purchase itself, it was HTC funding the deal, according to claims.

more

Sonos posts Controller 3.7 for Mac and PC, we go hands-on

03/20, 3:00am

Sonos Controller 3.7 hands-on

Sonos lived up to its word early Tuesday and released its revamped edition of the Controller for Macs and Windows PCs. The 3.7 update is its first major rework in some time and brings some parts of the mobile apps over to the desktop. We've had an opportunity to try it in advance with some quick impressions.

more

MOG rumored acquired by Beats

03/19, 5:35pm

Beats may get MOG for own music streaming

Partly HTC-owned Beats Audio was rumored Monday to have bought MOG. A single source for Business Insider claimed a quiet deal had been struck last week with no mention of terms. While unverified, MOG was unusually non-committal on whether or not it had been acquired, saying only that it was open to deals.

more

Rdio completely revamps desktop and web apps

03/13, 1:50pm

Rdio simplifies listening and sharing on desktop

Rdio wrapped the technology side of South by Southwest with a redesign of its desktop and web apps. The new interface is consciously much more unified and visual, with album art at the front and elements like playlists at the side. A new drag-and-drop interface, including on the web, lets users add whole albums to playlists as well as quickly share tracks to friends through the People Sidebar.

more

Spotify to go live in Germany on Tuesday

03/12, 1:55pm

Spotify goes live in Germany this week

The streaming music subscription service that is Spotify will come to Germany on Tuesday, German media has reported. It will partner with the German version of Interview magazine and the Eventim festival guide. The price will be the same 10 euros (about $13) per month other European countries pay.

more

Leaks: Microsoft rebooting music service on Xbox, new phone

02/17, 7:20pm

Microsoft tries rework of Zune music strategy

Microsoft is looking to redo its music service strategy, leaks uncovered Friday. Those said close to major label discussions told CNET that Microsoft was aiming for a mix of streaming and downloads. The focus would be on the Xbox and an unnamed Windows Phone, possibly made by HTC or Nokia.

more

Warner: digital music revenue up 17%, streaming grows faster

02/09, 2:20pm

Warner sees digital music revenue growth in Q4

Warner Music Group was reported its fourth quarter sales, and while they stayed consistent, at $780 million, revenue from digital music sales increased by 17 percent. What's more, it is now a 28 percent slice of the pie of all sales. This is a sign of the changing way music lovers access their music, and the label provided a further breakdown of these sales.

more

Rdio releases refreshed Android music streaming app

02/06, 10:50am

Rdio outs updated Android app with new features

Digital music service Rdio released a new Android app (free, Android Market) on Monday, with a number of key redesigns. The most noticeable is a new home screen that gives one-tap access to the app's features with new ones that include collections, playlists, new releases, and more. There is also support for Android 4.0's remote control client.

more

Spotify tops 3m paying listeners, grows faster

01/26, 4:40pm

Spotify gets momentum at 3m listeners

Spotify has already reached three million paying subscribers, the company's US managing director Ken Parks gave out in a discussion Thursday [free reg. required]. The benchmark number given to the FT was triple the million from a year ago and saw it growing much faster than before, having reached two million in September and 2.5 million in November. The three million now represented a larger 20 percent portion of the base and didn't include those who were just part of free trials.

more

IFPI says digital sales up 8%, still wants more piracy laws

01/23, 2:20pm

IFPI insists on tougher laws despite sales boost

The IFPI in its latest study (PDF) saw an eight percent upswing in digital music revenue in 2011. The increase is the first it claimed to have had since 2004 and lines up with an American rebound in overall album sales. They were important enough for online content to represent 32 percent of the industry association's combined business versus 29 percent in 2010.

more

US album sales up for first time since 2004, spurn SOPA

01/04, 11:05pm

US music sees digital finally overcome analog drop

US album sales have grown for the first time in seven years, Nielsen Soundscan reported Wednesday. A three percent increase to 458 million albums in 2011 was helped by digital sales from iTunes and other sources jumping by 20 percent, to 103 million, overcoming a six percent drop in CD sales to 225 million. Single songs themselves grew faster, up nine percent to 1.27 billion songs.

more

SoundTracking for Android brings in Rdio, Spotify listening

12/07, 4:35am

SoundTracking for Android out now

Schematic Labs has announced that SoundTracking (Free, Android Market), its social music sharing app, is now available for Android. The app is designed to allow users to capture a moment in their lives with music and share a track that they are listening, in real-time, using Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare. Users can also share a photo as well as a geolocation, along with the song snippet.

more

Leak: Spotify event about app store for music features

11/29, 11:10pm

Spotify to add music content apps

Spotify's Wednesday special event will be all about adding an app-like platform, according to new details. An "app finder" would come to the jukebox app, the Wall Street Journal said, and let users add functionality to the normally barebones software. Mimicking the iOS App Store, it would bring in third-party developers but would see apps vetted for compatibility and "other criteria."

more

Spotify event may bring third-party app support

11/28, 8:30pm

Spotify may spread everywhere through API

Spotify's special event on Wednesday may related to third-party app support. Inside updates relayed to AllThingsD revealed that Spotify had been talking with developers about making its music library available to any app as long as it's accessed through a $10 monthly Spotify Premium account. The streaming audio is already available through third-party devices like Sonos boxes, but implementations are usually tied to special hardware deals.

more

Spotify, MOG, Rdio put blame on labels for low streaming pay

11/22, 3:50pm

Spotify and others deny underpaying artists

Streaming music services MOG, Rdio, and Spotify have shot back at distributors and artists leaving in a new response. MOG chief David Hyman put the blame the most directly on labels, telling Fast Company that paid revenue from subscription music was a "black hole" that he couldn't control. If a label paid an artist poorly, it was that label's responsibility to improve its internal relationship, he implied.

more

More music groups back away from Spotify, Rdio over revenues

11/15, 2:10pm

ST Holdings says subscription music bad

Subscription music services faced more of a backlash after UK distributor ST Holdings stated that it would follow Coldplay's path and keep its labels' music out of subscription music services. All of the work its primarily electronic musicians, such as drum-and-bass artists like Blu Mar Ten, Cyantific, Makoto, and Mistabishi, was being pulled from flat-rate subscriptions on Napster, Rdio, Simfy, and Spotify. The company noted that its digital revenue had dropped for the first time ever, by 14 percent, and that much of the blame could be pinned on having its first full quarter supplying those services with music.

more

Gartner: digital music to hit $6.8b as subscriptions surge

11/08, 12:00pm

Study shows Spotify, streaming catching up

Gartner in a new estimate saw digital music accelerating rapidly but also a possible sea change towards subscription services. It expects the total business to hit $6.3 billion for this year, up nearly seven percent from $5.9 billion in 2010, but for that pace to accelerate as CDs die out and subscriptions grow. It saw an eight percent increase coming in 2012 to $6.8 billion and a 13 percent jump in the longer-term future of 2015.

more

Ex-Skype founders confirm Vdio, take on Netflix

10/17, 5:30pm

Vdio to carry top TV shows in subscription

Following an earlier investigation, Vdio has confirmed plans to launch as a direct competitor to Netflix and other major movie services. Created by Skype and Rdio creators Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the company told GigaOM that it would provide the "best in TV and movies, right now." Its teaser page includes TV shows such as Mad Men as well as movies like The Dark Knight, suggesting it had at least lined up deals with AMC, Fox, Showtime, Sony, and Warner Bros., among others.

more

Rdio starts up free, no-ad desktop music service

10/06, 10:50am

Rdio free service offers song cap

Rdio in an attempt to head off Spotify responded with a completely free service. The new option lets users stream either on the web or in the Mac and Windows desktop apps without ads. Rather than limit the number of listens per track, as with Spotify, Rdio is offering a meter of an unspecified amount each month.

more

Zune Pass gets $10 plan, Canada to rekindle Windows Phone

09/29, 1:40pm

Zune Pass gets cheaper option, hits Canada

Microsoft in an update Thursday recommitted itself to music by launching a new, lower cost Zune Pass. The new option will cost the same $10 per month as competing services but drop the 10 free permanent MP3 tracks from the $15 original. Listeners will also sync to fewer computers and devices, down from six to four, when the plan goes live October 3.

more

Facebook 'verbs' bring shared music, video, mobile apps

09/22, 2:40pm

Facebook music and video sharing unveiled at f8

Facebook continued its string of news at f8 by detailing its media sharing. Part of a new system of verbs that replace the generic Like, it focuses most on music: users can spot someone listening to a song in the live ticker and start listening to the same track. Services will still need to launch the separate app if it exists, but the method will let anyone listen to similar content if it exists in a subscription service.

more

Facebook staff leaks shared, live music listening

09/22, 12:10am

Facebook music to have track sync with friends

Facebook's music service launching tomorrow will have a unique live social listening option between friends. Creative director Ji Lee briefly tweeted and promptly pulled word of a "listen with your friend" feature in the ticker, which was just added to Facebook on Wednesday. In mentioning that it was "live," he implied that users could click a currently active song and at least launch the same song in a valid subscription service, if not sync it to the same time marker.

more

Electronista Sponsor

Electronista Newsletter

Free Technology and Gadgets Newsletter

  • We will not share your email address with anyone.

    toggle

    Most Popular

    Sponsor

    Recent Reviews

    Samsung Galaxy S 5

    The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be the phone that Android users have been craving for some time. Information coming out of Mobile World Co ...

    STM Trust technology bag

    The search for a good messenger bag that doubles as a laptop bag is something many travelers find themselves facing at least once. Bet ...

    PenClic Bluetooth mouse

    Windows 8 aside, computer users have been trained that a mouse is the proper way to navigate through the desktop for many years now. T ...

    Sponsor

    toggle

    Most Commented

     
    toggle

    Popular News