A little bit over three years ago, the Rdio was launched. Perhaps this doesn’t seem like a long time, but the market of streaming services was completely different three years ago. At that time Rdio struggled to become a well-known streaming service, but with the success of different mobile platforms, the success of Rdio was also guaranteed. Now another threat is coming, and that is Apple’s own streaming solution named iTunes Radio, which will be available in the iOS7 for free. This is the main reason why Rdio received several very important updates, and why it chose to play more aggressively.
In this article we are going to take a look at the Rdio iOS app (version 2.3) in order to see if it can compete with Apple’s iTunes Radio and other streaming services as well. This app is free to download and can use as long as you’ve got Rdio subscription, but you can also try it for free for a limited time.
Rdio for iOS is a beautifully designed application which embraced flat design aesthetics over a year ago. Speaking only from a designer point of view, I think many will agree that there’s a lot to love about this application and that this is probably one of the nicest interfaces among applications in the iOS App Store. This application is used to find and listen to music, and that’s what its interface is mainly focused on. Sidebar menu is hidden, but easily accessible as well, and offers all the standard Rdio features which could be found in its online interface. Once you create your own account and start customizing it, adding music and editing collections and lists, all of this data is going to be synced so you can always stay on top of the latest changes no matter if you’re accessing your Rdio account from your iPhone, iPad, or through its online interface. With only one swipe you can access features like Heavy Rotation, Recent Activity, Top Charts, and more. Everything is logically organized, so with only a few swipes and taps you’ll be able to access different corners of Rdio’s functionality.
It’s important to say that Rdio for iOS offers almost every single option that you use in its online interface, and even some refined ones like improved search. This is an application that’s in constant development, so the newest addition is the Station Tuning feature which allows you to fine-tune any station to play the music according to your taste.
When it comes to competing with other popular music streaming services, Rdio seems like a very good solution. A good design is something that iPhone users know how to appreciate, so by having a beautifully designed iOS application Rdio is successfully reaching its users. I assume that its biggest competition is going to be Apple with its own iTunes Radio which will also feature a beautifully designed interface, quite similar to Rdio’s current design. The main question here is if you’re willing to spend around $15 per month for ad-free and very quality streaming, which is a bit more expensive than other similar services.