Man, this bunch really has a hard time giving away their service. I guess you’ve got to commend a company with such tenacity and idealism, right? Being idealistic myself, I normally would applaud such behavior, but I think Rdio is taking an enormous risk by only offerring part of their service for free.
People who stream music can already listen to unlimited music on all devices, for free, with Spotify and Pandora. I’ll be so bold as to say that people using said services have already become used to the free, ad-supported experience of Spotify & Pandora (if they weren’t already used to it from traditional radio). With Rdio’s free version, a user cannot use the mobile app, and does not receive unlimited streaming (they become “cut off” after a certain period of time).
Out of all the music streaming services I’ve tried, Rdio really does provide a superior user experience. They do an amazing job of making music social, the search function is incredible, and everything else feels intuitive and seamless. Is that something that people will see as valuable and worth paying for on a monthly basis? I definitely do, but I’m definitely not everybody.
Have you tried any music streaming services yet? Which is your favorite so far?