Top 8 | Rdio Alternatives for iPhone

As many of you will no doubt already know, music streaming service Rdio shut down at the end of last year, having been purchased by Pandora. It’s a sad end to a service that represented one of the very best when it comes to music streaming and especially music discovery. It’s difficult to say exactly what caused the demise of Rdio without being on the inside, but a failure to expand properly given their advantages in an already crowded market must have something to do with it. Rdio was easily on par with the likes of Spotify and Pandora in terms of popularity, but never quite used marketing to their advantage in that sense. They were always slightly behind when it came to marketing, and ultimately this is one of the main reasons for their untimely end. Still, let’s hope that Pandora can take the assets sold off by Rdio and bring us a great product that more than lives up to this name. In the meantime, there are lots of other Rdio alternatives to look at for your iPhone.

8. Slacker Radio (Free)

Let’s start of with Slacker Radio, which is a decent enough option when it comes to looking at Rdio alternatives, but doesn’t quite stack up when it comes to choice with 12 million tracks on offer compared to Rdio’s 30. Still, it has some nice curated playlists as well as other musical discovery features that set it apart from the competition. The artist bios and track lyrics are a nice touch, and do well to fill up what is in all honesty a fairly plain and straightforward interface. There is also an offline mode that is great for when you don’t have access to an internet connection. – Download from iTunes

7. Tidal (Free)

Despite the whirlwind of press that seems to follow Tidal wherever it goes, we should note that this is a very able Rdio alternative. It has an excellent user interface which should please even the most steadfast of Rdio users, with 25 million tracks on offer so not far behind what you would get with Rdio. It should be noted of course that Tidal is a relatively new product and is therefore constantly growing, and will only get better and better over time. If there’s one reason that you should check Tidal out today it’s because of its curated playlists. The service offers a great deal of variety in this area and is therefore an excellent way to discover new music. – Download from iTunes

6. Rhapsody (Free)

Rhapsody is another of those whose unique features make it worth checking out in a world of possible Rdio alternatives. The interface is nice enough, and the selection at 30 million tracks is not much different to what Rdio offered. One of the excellent little functions that Rdio offered was intuitive notifications so as to inform you of new music added to your different collections, and ensure that none of your selected music got lost in the shuffle. Rhapsody offers something slightly similar, allowing you to keep track of different tracks and albums from artists that you’re interested in. While Rhapsody cannot quite punch at the weight that Rdio boxed at, nor can it compete with the likes of Spotify, it still qualifies as an excellent Rdio alternative. – Download from iTunes

5. Google Play Music (Free)

As an Android user myself, I’ve spent a lot of time using Google Play Music and while the iPhone version will never quite be the same, it is certainly worth checking out as a viable Rdio alternative. Things like YouTube Music Key and other features have set it up to compete with the likes of Spotify, and its integration with Android devices will always mean that it is a major player. But how does it really stack up when compared with Rdio? Well, the amount of songs on offer is similar at 30 million  and the audio quality of 320 kbps is decent enough. The best thing about Google Play Music however and perhaps the reason you should check it out right now is the fact that you can upload your own music catalogue, create playlists and then access it from anywhere. – Download from iTunes


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