The Rdio app for iPad and iPhone has been updated again this week, to Version 2.3.1. The two biggest changes are new station tuning capability and a redesign for the Collection section of the app.
The new station tuning makes it easy to adjust your stations by tapping to make them more adventurous or closer to ‘Artist Only’. You do this right on the Now Playing screen, and of course it’s easy to re-adjust as often as you like.
Along with the basic play/pause/previous/next controls, the Now Playing screen now shows you the current 5 tracks set to play on the station, lets you give a thumbs up or down to the currently playing song, and get to a menu of actions for each of the 5 songs via a tap on a + symbol next to them. From that menu you can choose to play the song now, add it to your collection, add to a playlist, start a song station, see more by the song’s artist, and more.
The redesigned collection pages are looking good too, although mine seem to be littered with duplicate entries for albums.
The other two items on the change list for this update are these:
- Improved Search. Filtered search results help you quickly find artists, songs, labels, and more.
- Various UI improvements and minor bug fixes.
I’ve been using Rdio on my Mac, iPad, and HTC One for months now. It’s become my definite favorite music service – after also trying Spotify and Google Play Music All Access. My daughter is also using it on her Mac and devices.
I think the Rdio UI is very attractive across all the devices I use it on, and also easy to use. I’m happy to see the app continuing to add good features and enhance the UI.