For the past few months South Africa has finally gotten some decent streaming radio services – and today Rdio launched as well. Including South Africa in its list of countries means that Rdio now has more international reach than Spotify (which is still not in SA). Rdio is very similiar to Spotify – in that the focus is on music discovery, something we feel is not quite catered for on other streaming radio services in SA.
Rdio’s focus is on you following your friends, and seeing the music trends they go through. I managed to find some good new music within the first hour of using Rdio, all because I went to go look at what music my friends are listening to. Then again – you might have some friend’s with not that great music taste…
Rdio is pretty affordable – with a web service music streaming going for R29 a month (which you does include a desktop client for Mac or PC should you prefer). But if you want Rdio available on all your devices, you need to sign up for the “unlimited” package which costs R60 a month.
There is a free package which allows you to trial the basic version for 6 months. I signed up quickly, and I am very impressed so far.
Go try it out at rdio.com, and tell us what you think?