Spotify or Rdio

Was it a month ago now that Spotify became available in Canada? Or longer? It hasn’t been very long, at any rate, but it has received a great deal of attention. It was an “event.” It’s not clear to me why it was an event, as Rdio, which is essentially the same service, has been available in Canada for a couple of years (I’m a subscriber). Clever marketing on Spotify’s part, I suppose.

Nevertheless, I jumped on the Spotify bandwagon: I gave them my email address and waited for my invitation. When it arrived I was initially impressed by their artist selection, but after some comparison I realized that except for a few exceptions (at least in terms of my taste in music), Rdio has more or less the same selection.

In fact, after a week or two of using only Spotify, I drifted back to Rdio and nearly forgot about Spotify altogether until tonight. What drew me back to Rdio was its mobile app, which is far superior to Spotify’s mobile app. Rdio’s mobile navigation is much more intuitive and it doesn’t force me to shuffle an artist’s songs. Perhaps this is simply an issue of me not understanding the interface, but it was enough to put me off, as I use Rdio most often when I’m driving.

Spotify’s one strength (that I can see) is its playlists. Rdio has recommendations and radio stations, but they are hit and miss. Spotify’s playlists are consistent in their sound. Right now I’m listening to a playlist called “Mellow Dinner” and that’s exactly the feel I’m getting.

But good playlists are not enough for me to give up my Rdio subscription.

One thought on “Spotify or Rdio

  1. Toni

    What’s a spotify? And BTW your ‘a’ key only seems to work intermittently.


    But seriously, the idea of music to be consumed has never sat well for me. Like blogs, I’ve always wanted to feel a personal connection between what I’m listening to and the artist who created it. Radio play broke that somewhat, although the better DJs would often put personal stuff in, either about the artist or themselves too. Music radio in the 70s and early 80s had something of a golden era, at least around London.

    I guess the thing that broke it, pretty much fully & permanently, was the CD. LP album covers were as much a part of the experience as the record, often being a treasure trove of snippets or telling a story. No-one ever found a way to reproduce that for CDs, and music videos, while producing instant gratification at a higher level, were always intangible and gave a fleeting experience.

    So the idea of streaming music doesn’t work for *me*, and although I may have had access to Spotify at some stage (and investigated net radio too) it was not something compelling enough to explore.

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