Rdio Introduces Major Redesign to Their Android App

Rdio Introduces Major Redesign to Their Android App

Feb 8, 2012

Streaming music service Rdio has completely updated their Android app to help bring a better experience to their subscribers. The app boasts a new home screen design with one-click access to important features. They’ve added support for Ice Cream Sandwich with new lock screen controls, and support for the action bar. As well, they’ve made it easier to access the newest and most popular releases with new top charts, and access to new releases as soon as they are released, and occasionally even before they are publicly available for purchase. Search has been expanded to now look up playlists and people along with artists, albums, and songs. There’s an easy way to view just offline tracks easily, without going into Offline Mode now as well. The app now recommends music based on previously listened to tracks. The update is available now, although it will require a subscription in order to use beyond the trial period.

Rdio Coming to Verizon V CAST Apps with Carrier Billing

Rdio Coming to Verizon V CAST Apps with Carrier Billing

May 4, 2011

Rdio, the subscription music streaming service, is coming to Verizon’s V CAST Apps on Android. The app, which allows users to stream and download unlimited amounts of music on a subscription basis from the web, is getting direct carrier billing to Verizon customers, so customers can just pay for the service with their monthly phone bill automatically, eschewing the hassle of having to share credit card information directly.

Considering that carriers like Verizon once tried to launch their own methods of selling mobile music in the past, this is just another nail in the coffin of carrier control over users’ phones and where they get the content on those phones from. While this is still coming to a carrier-specific App Store, and the app will still be available through other app stores, this just shows how the carriers are changing when it comes to mobile music – where they once sought to take a piece of the pie, they are now willing to support others’ services. However, granted that this is coming to Verizon’s own app marketplace, this may be the new battleground for carriers to try and use to their advantage.