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    Hi all,

    Have any of you tried this yet??? If so give us the dirt!

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    Jay

    Rdio's Unlimited Music Streaming Service Opens to the Public
    Jennifer Van Grove, Mon Aug 2, 8:59 pm ET

    Print Story: Rdio's Unlimited Music Streaming Service Opens to the Public - Yahoo! News

    Rdio is the $9.99-per-month, all-you-can-stream, social, multi-platform music service that hails from the founders of Skype. The service has been around as a private beta offering for months, but today Rdio is opening its doors -- and its seven million-song catalog -- to the public.

    Now that the music service is publicly available, anyone can tap into its music collection through its web app, desktop app or Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad mobile applications.

    Rdio's key selling point is that it offers unlimited and unfettered access to music. Once you purchase one of the subscription plans, you can listen to any songs you like, at any time and wherever you are, as many times as you want. CEO Drew Larner describes it as "unlimited online jukebox." Of course, it also stands out because it is inherently social.

    Rdio has also been successful at negotiating with the "big four" major music labels in the U.S.: Sony, EMI, Universal and Warner Music Group. Most recently, Rdio has also struck deals with indie labels such as IODA, IRIS, Finetunes, INgrooves and The Orchard. Their industry relationships help make the available selection of songs as replete as possible.

    When it comes to the business appeal of the service, media and entertainment companies such as Spin Magazine are using the service to curate songs, become digital tastemakers and connect with fans. It's an ingenious use case as fans can follow the accounts to discover new music and even sync their playlists to mobile devices.

    Now that Rdio is open to all listeners in the U.S. and Canada, we should soon see how the service stacks up against the likes of MOG, Pandora and even Spotify when it comes to user appreciation and adoption.

    Give it a try, and let us know your opinions in the comments.
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    Hi Some more info..
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    Jay

    In Streaming Music Battle, What Matters More: Features or Catalog?
    By SARAH PEREZ of ReadWriteWeb, August 3, 2010

    In Streaming Music Battle, What Matters More - Features or Catalog? - NYTimes.com

    Rdio, a newcomer to the crowded playing field of streaming music services, launched this morning for U.S. and Canadian listeners. The service offers a socially-infused online music streaming experience for $4.99 per month or you can purchase a $10-per-month plan to access Rdio from both the Web and your mobile phone.

    Rdio is notable for its social network integration, with its ability to connect your account to Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm. It also syncs your iTunes music to its database to create an online collection of songs.

    These features are great, but more importantly, does Rdio have the tunes?

    Rdio, the company co-founded and funded Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, launched into private beta last month with 5 million tunes and support from the four major labels. Since then, it's added independent labels and aggregators, including IODA, IRIS, Finetunes, INgrooves and The Orchard.

    As Rdio launches publicly today, it offers 7 million tracks from a growing online catalog. And like its competitors (MOG, Spotify, Rhapsody, Thumbplay and others), those tracks are available for unlimited streaming for as long as you're paying for the service.

    Catalog Comparisons

    MOG, however, had 8 million-plus tracks available at last count. That may not seem like much of a difference, but when you think about the fact that the industry giant iTunes, in comparison, has a total catalog of 13 million-plus songs, you realize that every track counts.

    Missing a million tracks also starts to matter when you can't find your favorite band. After trying Rdio, fellow ReadWriteWeb writer Mike Melanson lamented its lack of Pink Floyd. But when I searched for the artist this morning, 41 albums came up. What gives? Apparently, Rdio happily lists all the albums by an artist, but only some are available for listening. Many of the track listings simply read "not available" when you click through to access the individual songs. (For what it's worth, MOG doesn't have the complete Pink Floyd, either, but you can at least easily tell which albums you can stream and which you can't.)

    Rdio Features

    Rdio offers several standout features in addition to the social networking integration that lets you see what your friends are listening to and sync your music preferences over to Last.fm. With Rdio, for example, you can pre-load your iTunes collection into the service, start and stop tracks at the same place when moving between desktop and mobile, gapless playback is supported and, best of all, it multi-tasks.

    MOG, unfortunately, doesn't support multi-tasking yet on mobile, which is a clear drawback. But otherwise, its mobile application is the better of the two, in our opinion, with its on-the-fly playlist creations and overall presentation.

    At the end of the day, though, we have to wonder: What will matter more to the end-user, the feature sets or the tracks available? Until Google Music launches (if and when it does), we would have to bet on the latter ourselves. Given Android's growing popularity and its lack of an official iTunes competitor (DoubleTwist works well for syncing, but doesn't "come with" or include a store), many new Android owners are contemplating the switch from downloading tracks to streaming them instead. For $10 a month, those ready for a cloud service now have several options to choose from. What will matter to you when you make your pick? Features or catalog?

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