The Rdio music streaming and radio app for iPad and iOS has been updated this week and has added free stations on mobile. So now there is no subscription required to listen to the wide array of stations available on the service.
This update is focused almost entirely on changes and improvements to Rdio stations, which I have to say are already excellent. Here is the change list for the new version 2.5.0:
– Free Stations. Now, stations are always free on mobile. No subscription is needed to play an endless variety of stations — including You FM, a personalized mix of your favorites and related tracks.
– Station Sharing. Found a station your friends would love? Share it on Facebook, Twitter, or with any friend on Rdio directly from the app.
– New Stations. Start stations based on any album or playlist, in addition to ten other station types.
– Various UI improvements and minor bug fixes.
*Free stations available in US, Canada, and Australia.
I’ve tried a good number of music services over the years. Over the last year or so I used Spotify and Google Play Music and found plenty to like about both. I also still use iTunes, though pretty rarely these days – really just to occasionally buy a few tracks. Rdio has proved to be the best overall service for me. I love it because it has great apps and a lovely UI for Mac, iOS, and Android; and because the stations are so good and so easily adjustable to my tastes. They also offer a reasonably priced family plan which I’m now using with my daughter.
If you haven’t tried out Rdio yet this update – and free stations – is another good reason to give it a go.
Here’s an App Store link for Rdio for iPad; it’s free app with In-App purchase options for subscriptions to the service.