Rdio is da bomb…



http://www.rdio.com/

So, after much research, deliberation, pining, meditation, prayer, etc, I decided to give Rdio a whirl…

And so far, it rocks…

This is what it does and why it’s sweet:

It’s a streaming music service that can be accessed on your computer and more importantly, via your mobile smart phone. Not only does it have a searchable database of music, it syncs with all of your devices (ie. home computer, laptop, iPhone, etc.) and pulls in all of the music it finds (limited to what is available in the Rdio database, one negative that I will explain later) into your “collection” on your mobile device. This turns your phone into a limitless music resource without requiring all that hard drive “space”, which in my opinion, is awesome…An example of Rdio’s awesomeness is with an artist like David Bowie. So, I have 6 or 7 of his albums, but Rdio gives essentially EVERY David Bowie album. So, it may be missing an album here or there from some artists (that I actually own but is not available on Rdio), but then it offers a shit-ton of stuff from another artist that I didn’t have the luxury of owning prior to Rdio. Do ya feel what I’m puttin’ down? Even w/ a 160 GB iPod, I am still limited to that 160 GB. Also, there is no longer a need to download actual music files, add them to iTunes, hook up your iPod, sync it, etc. Well, at least not nearly as much…

A couple things that I don’t like:

1) The fact that I currently have music that is not available in the Rdio database. With this stuff (and any music I acquire in the future that Rdio doesn’t have), I plan on creating a playlist in iTunes that will include all this “under the Rdio radar” music and sync that w/ my iPod (which will then only contain music I have that is not available via Rdio). Of course, my ultimate hope is that one day, there will be an application/program that will enable me to access ALL recorded music at any time via one device (preferably streamed through the built-in speakers in my jet-pack helmet). I can dream, can’t I?
2) $9.99/mth…But really, $120 a year for this musical freedom is pretty dope!
3) You do need to be on a network of some kind (ie. wireless, 3G, whatever…). I have had a couple instances when I click on an album or track and it “works” for a bit before playing, but this has been rare.
4) Randomly, some artists haven’t inked a deal w/ Rdio for one or more of their albums (or even a track or two from an album), sometimes resulting in incomplete albums. This too is extremely rare and most likely only bothers completist kooks like myself. Not sure why this is, but not a huge deal…I’ll just add that particular album to my “under the Rdio radar” iPod, if I “own” it!
5) Audiophile-wise, it’s not perfect…But neither are MP3s on an iPod, and most people I know don’t have a high-end turntable in their minivan! So, I’ll take acceptable quality and mass quantity over a stack of 180 gram vinyl any day…

By adminbt • June 16, 2011 • 11:20 am

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