In the United States, Rdio and Spotify are the two current giants of subscription-based streaming music on demand. They have slightly different libraries but similar features, but Rdio’s strictly web-inspired interface left something to be desired. Now Rdio has caught up with a redesign that mimics Spotify in many ways.
On the left you’ll find your playlists. The middle is where you browse the music inside those playlists — or peruse Spotify’s online database. The right panel shows your friends’ listening activities. That’s the same layout as Spotify.
It’s not all Spotify aping, though; the new Rdio adds a few nice touches, like the ability to easily discover new people to follow, including influential music aficionados and even the labels and artists themselves. You can also drag and drop songs to share them to Facebook or Twitter, or email them to a friend.
Now that the functionality in the two services is very similar, your choice about which to subscribe to might come down to the slightly different libraries. Wired published an Rdio vs. Spotify library throwdown, in which it found that Spotify and Rdio offer mostly the same content, but they have a few critical exclusive artists. For example, 12 Bob Dylan albums are exclusive to Rdio, while two John Coltrane and four Miles Davis albums are only available on Spotify.
Which one is your go-to streaming music service?