Rdio launches in the UK to take on Spotify with ad-free music

US-based music streaming service Rdio comes to the UK to challenge Spotify with unlimited ad-free music over the web and a host of smartphone and desktop apps

On a day in which Spotify felt it might increase its dominance of the UK market with the launch of a beautiful new iPad app, one of its key Stateside competitors has crossed the Atlantic intent on stealing listeners away.

The US-based Rdio service, owned by the creators of Skype, brings unlimited ad-free access to millions of tracks through web-browsers, desktop apps for Mac and PC and smartphone and tablet apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android.

Rdio, like Spotify allows users to listen to a certain amount of music free every month without committing to a subscription and those tunes will also be free of commerical interruption.

However if you want to go beyond that unspecified free listening period (once a green bar within the browser app runs dry you're out, there's no hourly limit) you'll need to subscribe to one of the two available packages if you want to keep listening.

For £4.99 a month you can get unlimited music through the browser and PC apps, but for a tenner you can unlock mobile apps and integration with streaming devices from Roku and Sonos. Those prices mirror Spotify's offering, but Spotify cannot offer a web-based listening experience.

Rdio's arrival in the UK (and France) has come with no official fanfare whatsoever, but we've been able to access the service and the relevant apps have already appeared in the App Store and on Google Play. Look out, Spotify.

You can start listening now at Rdio.com.

Via: TheNextWeb

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now