Rdio, please don’t die!

Rdio LogoAccording to Techcrunch, Rdio is laying off people – allegedly up to 35 people or 25% of the work force –  “to improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term”, as TC quotes a Rdio spokesperson.

In other words: Rdio’s investors are getting cold feet thinking about the burn rate. Which is quite understandable in a way.

Seeing that Spotify and Deezer seem to be putting a lot of investments in improving their service (see my recent posts on Deezer and Spotify) I have my doubts that now is a good point to start cutting investments – least of all in engineering, where reportedly “significant cuts” have been made.

Also, if the number of (paying) users are falling behind expectations, cutting your marketing budget isn’t going to help either.

On a more personal note, I really really don’t want Rdio to day, as I’ve just decided to move over from Spotify. In my opinion, the app is superior in many ways, as I’ve discussed recently.


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One thing I still miss on Spotify is a convenient way build your music collection. I may be old fashioned, but what I basically want is to have a collection of “my albums” in one place so I can browse through my music and decide what I want to listen to.

Since there’s no way to do that in Spotify right now, I currently build my collection using playlists and playlist folders: I basically create a collection for every album, then put all those album into a folder called “Collection”. Since there’s no way to sort playlists alphabetically, I have to do that myself – manually. So while it kind of gets the job done, it is quite inconvenient and cumbersome – and takes ages. Here’s what it looks like:


Looks quite alright and is reasonably convenient – once it’s set up. Also, there’s no way to do this within the iPhone app at all, so when I’m travelling I have to wait with my organizing until I log into my Windows app on my laptop.

I really wish Spotify would start offering a solution similar to Rdio. Rdio has done a great job allowing for this use case:


Really super slick and it works great!

Back in December 2012 Spotify announced they were going to introduce collections as well. As of now, however, they sadly still haven’t found their way into Spotify.

However, it seems like they’re working on it: Try entering “spotify:app:collection” into the Spotify search bar (thanks to the Spotify forum for the tip). You’ll see an early draft of the Spotify collection:


Alas, it’s not quite a music collection a I would imagine it, as it only contains albums “Recently Added” and “Most Played”. Still, it is a start, and hopefully Spotify will continue improving on it.


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Facebook launches ‘Listen with Friends’ Feature

Facebook announced on their blog a new real-time group music listening feature called “Listen with Friends”:

Look for the music note in the chat sidebar to see which of your friends are listening to music. To listen with a friend, hover over their name, and click the Listen With button. The music will play through the service your friend is using. (source)

Judging from the screenshots among the first services to make us of this are Spotify and Rdio.

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Rdio to launch in Germany

It’s getting cozy in the German online music streaming market: After the recent launches of Deezer and Rara.com, US based Rdio now announced their Germany launch starting January 12, 2012 (blog.rdio.com).

Spotify, any news?

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