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Weekly App Pick: Rdio

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DH Vancouver Staff Jan 20, 2015 9:50 am

There’s an overwhelming amount of apps out there (approximately 1.3 million for Android users and 1.2 million in Apple’s app store with around 75 billion downloads and 300 million views a week). But how do you know which ones to download? Which ones are worth paying for? How to differentiate between Google and Apple maps? Airbnb or Hotel Tonight? Tinder or Bumble? We’re in search of answering these questions and each week we’ll be bringing you our weekly app pick.

Rdio

It’s time to face the music. There are a number of music streaming apps out there and everyone will have their preference. Rdio is mine. Accompanied by a web companion, Rdio is extremely easy to sign up for. Simply begin with the free version on www.rdio.com, download the app, login with Facebook or create an Rdio account and get ready to explore.

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Rdio has an attractive, clean interface, a feel of a smooth and organized experience, and is garnered for those seeking music discovery. The immaculate white platform is contrasted by splashes of colourful album cover art that provides an aesthetically pleasing experience for the eyes while the hands and ears explore. Anyone else feel like a kid in a musical candy store?

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Personalized listening stations and Heavy Rotation section are two features of the app worth highlighting as they provide two interesting and diverse experiences for the user:

The first personally caters your unique music taste from your listening habits, collections and history. The app also provides a “You FM” – i.e. your very own radio station. Haven’t you always wished to tune in to a radio station and it to be playing your favourite songs, even the ones you didn’t know were your favourite?

Heavy Rotation does the opposite. The Heavy Rotation section features what the Rdio community has been listening to most, further accentuating Rdio’s dynamic and subtle curated listening experiences. Heavy Rotation is an eclectic mix of musical talent from Glass Animals to Kanye West, Jungle to Disclosure, Flume to Hey Ocean! The beats go on.

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The unlimited version of Rdio for $9.99 per month seems pricey in an endless sea of free apps but for someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy or want to spend time downloading music, the Rdio app is an easy and convenient way to transfer whole albums onto a smartphone. The fact that the whole album is available at the touch of a button is extremely attractive to someone who admittedly usually knows only one or two songs on an album. Rdio allows users to effortlessly explore music, bands, albums and more.

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Why you should download it

The social experience. Rdio allows you to easily follow others music interests.The sharing tools are intuitive, quick, and enable users to share new songs, albums or playlists with friends. Impress your latest crush with your exceptional and diverse music taste that coincidentally aligns with theirs by following them on Rdio. Or for those who do possess a superior intellect for musical talent, create your own playlists or Rdio stations and become a music guru to your followers.

Rdio.com | iOS App Store | Google Play

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Images: Rdio

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