Rdio’s first attempt at an Android app was passable, but certainly not as reliable as its iOS counterpart. In the design department it also lacked a certain panache as it divided its various sections into confusing top-level tabs and a drop-down fadeaway selector.
It also avoided many of Google’s design fundamentals, which, as we delve towards the Ice Cream Sandwich era seem to be increasingly emphasized as the status quo for developers. Rdio 2.0, which is launching today, is one of the best-looking Android 4.0-capable apps around.
The main dock screen is divided into nine sections: Collection, Playlists, Queue, Heavy Rotation, Activity, History, New Releases, Top Charts, and Recommended. The latter two are new to the app: Top Charts outline the most listened-to albums, songs and playlists throughout the budding Rdio network. Recommended uses your listening history to discover alike albums, and I’ve found them to be pretty accurate.
One of the better inclusions in the new app is that you can listen filter your Synced music without explicitly going to into Offline Mode, one of those annoying realities for frequent subway commuters.
Rdio, like the WordPress and Vimeo apps before it, has adapted itself to work with all manner of Android versions, but it looks and works great with the Galaxy Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich.
Check out Rdio 2.o in the Android Marketplace, though it may take a few hours to propagate. The service costs $9.99CAD per month.
Rdio Unveils Brand-New Android App, Delivering the Best Mobile Music Experience
Total Redesign Delivers More Of Rdio’s Discovery Features and Instant Music Accessibility into One Streamlined Application
SAN FRANCISCO, February 6, 2012 – Rdio (www.rdio.com), the digital music service started by the creators of Skype, today announced the availability of a completely redesigned Rdio for Android app, now available as a free download from Android Market or as an update for existing users.
The new app offers intuitive navigation with one-click access to features previously available on Rdio for Android, along with several new enhancements and key features including collection, playlists, new releases, top charts, recommendations, and support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s new remote control client. Now Android users not only have easy access to Rdio’s catalog of more than 12 million songs, they can also take advantage of Rdio’s rich social features and extensive music discovery options.
“With the Rdio for Android redesign, we were focused on bringing Android users the best mobile music discovery application possible,” said Malthe Sigurdsson, VP of Product, Rdio. “We believe this launch further reinforces our commitment to creating the most visual, social and interactive experience of music across every platform.”
New to this version, Rdio for Android now includes:
- Streamlined Top-level Navigation – All-new home screen design gives one-click access to key features in the app
- Convenient Control – Take advantage of Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s new remote control client to manage playback controls on the lock screen, including viewing controls and album art
- New Releases – Be the first to listen to new albums and singles on the day they are released, and access new albums released up to two weeks prior
- Top Charts – Check out recent chart-topping albums
- Recommendations – Discover more music by exploring fresh album recommendations based on your listening history
- Enhanced Search – In addition to searching for artists, albums, and songs, you can now search for Playlists and People
- Synced collection and playlist views – View only the music you have synced for offline listening, without the need to go into offline mode
- User Profiles – Search, browse, and follow other Rdio users; discover new music by seeing their activity, who they follow, their playlists and more
- And features of the previous version including Activity, Collection, Heavy Rotation, Playlists, Listening History, Syncing for offline access, and a variety of settings to control syncing and streaming on Wi-Fi or 3G
Pricing and Availability
New Rdio for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. An Rdio Unlimited subscription is required to access Rdio on mobile devices; new users can sign up directly through the app for a free 7-day trial. Users can also sign up at www.rdio.com <http://www.rdio.com> .
Rdio offers flexible subscription plans for continued access across a growing number of devices. Plan options include:
· Rdio Unlimited, $9.99/month: Unlimited Web streaming and mobile streaming on all available devices, as well as wireless syncing to listen offline
· Rdio Unlimited Family: 2-3 person Rdio Unlimited accounts on one plan for discounted rate (2 for $17.99/month or 3 for $22.99/month)
· Rdio Web, $4.99/month: Unlimited Web streaming and access through Mac/Windows desktop apps
Rdio is available on the Web; Mac or Windows desktop applications; applications for tablets (iPad, Kindle Fire, Kobo Vox and Android-powered devices) and mobile phones (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7). Rdio is also accessible on in-home devices like Sonos and Roku and in-car with Pioneer AppRadio (some devices may not be available in all territories).
Rdio is the ground-breaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 12 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital music collection that’s available everywhere – on the web, in-home or in-car, on tablets or mobile phones, and even offline.
Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, one of the creators of Skype. Currently available in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, Rdio is funded by Atomico, Janus Friis through his investment entities, Skype and Mangrove Capital Partners. For more information and to sign up, visit www.rdio.com.