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Pandora Buys Rdio For $75 Million, Latter Service Will Eventually Shut Down

With the number of online music streaming services floating around, there's seemingly an option out there for any type of music listener. Inevitably some of these services will be similar. Pandora provides Internet radio stations that mold to your tastes. Spotify provides an online library that lets you play what you want on demand.

Rdio lets you listen to radio stations that adapt to your taste. Sound familiar? Pandora apparently thinks so, because the company is now buying Rdio.

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Apple Music Review: I Was Ready To Hate It, But Apple Got Me Singing A Different Tune

Google Play Music. Spotify. Rdio. Tidal. There is no shortage of music streaming services that not only provide an extensive music selection, but also have good if not great Android applications so you can benefit from their catalogue everywhere you go.

The problem with most of these services is their availability. If you live in the USA, you can have your pick among any of them and there's little argument over the value of a $10 combined Google Play Music Unlimited and YouTube Red / Youtube Music subscription. But stray farther and things become less clear. American (Northern, Central, and Southern), European, and Southeast Asian countries are usually among the first supported by many services, but African, Middle Eastern, and plenty of other Asian nations often have limited options and even fewer good ones.

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Rdio Music Adds 500 Local Terrestrial Radio Streams From Partner Cumulus Media

Online streaming music is all well and good, but if you're hankering for the good old days of sliding FM dials, Rdio wants to oblige your craving. The long-standing streaming service is adding a new section to its app called "On the Air on Rdio," which gives users access to digital streams of 500 United States radio stations. The collection of stations covers basically every major market in the county, usually with a mix of top 40, classic rock, country, sports, and news content.

The radio stations come from a partnership with Cumulus Media, a radio conglomerate that owns all of the stations added.

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Rdio Introduces New 'Select' Plan With A Limit Of 25 Downloaded Tracks For $3.99 A Month

Today Rdio announced a new subscription plan that serves as a more affordable option for listeners who want to get rid of ads but don't want to pay $9.99 a month. With Rdio Select, folks can do so for just $3.99 instead.

What's the catch? Rdio Select gives you up to twenty-five songs at a time to carry around on your devices. You can keep them for as long as you're subscribed, but you need to remove songs once you're ready to add more. You can replace all twenty-five once per day. If this sounds bothersome, you're going to have to make the leap to Rdio Unlimited.

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Rdio Expands To Two Dozen New Markets Spread Across The Caribbean, Central America, And Asia Pacific

Music streaming service Rdio is continuing its expansion efforts, and now it's available in 24 new markets spread across the Caribbean, Central America, and the Asia Pacific. This makes it available throughout virtually all of the Western Hemisphere.


Starting today, Rdio is available in the following places:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • The British Virgin Islands
  • The Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Vanuatu

Through a partnership with mobile network provider Digicel, the service is also available in seven additional regions.

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Rdio Expands Its Streaming Catalog Of 32 Million Songs To Indian Customers, Subscription Is Just $2 A Month

We know there are a lot of people in India reading this site - you folks really love your Android! If you love your music as well, you'll be happy to hear that you have one more option for streaming starting today. Rdio, a streaming music service that offers both free and paid options, has announced that it's now available in India. Rdia claims that its library of 32 million streaming songs is the largest available in the country.


Users can listen to the entire catalog of Rdio music for free using a desktop web browser with built-in advertising, and selected digital stations are available for free on mobile as well.

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Rdio Android App Update Lets You Turn AAC Audio Quality All The Way Up To 320 Kbps

The cool kids like the quality of their music turned up all the way to 320 kbps (the coolest ones prefer lossless), but that's a luxury that often goes away with streaming music over the Internet. Rdio says it's had enough with that lower quality crap (I can't really tell the difference, but the cool kids tell me that stuff's awful), so it is bringing in the ability to stream and download songs at 320 kbps over both Wi-Fi and a cellular connection.

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If you want to hit this level of quality, you will have to become a paying customer, which will cost $9.99 a month (lame, I know).

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[Update: It's Here] Shazam Will Now Stream Full Songs In-App Via Rdio, Android App Update Coming Soon

Update: The Android version of Shazam has now received this update as well. Here's the new changelog posted to the Play Store.

What's new:

This release brings full track playback in Shazam, powered by Rdio. Once you’re connected, you can play any track and carry on listening to the music as you discover more in the app. Shazam a song to get started.

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Shazam, the company whose app uses a phone or tablet's microphone to identify a song or TV show, has partnered with Rdio to offer users full in-app song playback. Previously Shazam kicked users out to a separate app to check out the track.

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Rdio Adds Gapless Playback To Its Android Music Client, Really Wants You To Listen To Pink Floyd

Rdio's Android app got a teensy, tiny update today, adding gapless playback to all devices running Android 4.1. According to the "What's New" section of the Play Store page, the feature was added in by popular demand. For the uninitiated, gapless playback is exactly what it sounds like: a seamless transition from one track to the next. It's a big deal for some users, and much harder to do on a streaming music service than on local playback.

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To get you in the mood, Rdio's nameless blogger recommends two very specific albums to fully appreciate the new feature: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon 2011 remaster, for people with taste, and Daft Punk's Alive 2007 album, for people without.

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Shazam Can Add Songs To An Rdio Playlist And Show Auto-Scrolling Lyrics In Portrait After 2.6 Update

Music discovery app Shazam has always been a bit stylish by Android standards, but today's update adds both some more modern visual polish and notable usability upgrades. In particular, the auto-scrolling lyric function has been improved in version 2.6: it now supports a more natural portrait layout and much more readable text, doing away with the funky word art. Auto-scroll isn't universal, but when it works it's pretty neat. That should be a boon to your impromptu karaoke sessions.

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New version with portrait auto-scrolling lyrics.

Shazam now integrates better with Rdio, a partnership that began earlier this year.

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