Rdio has realized that not everyone wants to share everything they listen to at all times. With this in mind, they have launched a new feature called “Protected Accounts.” People using protected accounts can jump onto Rdio and listen to all the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync their hearts desire without the constant judging looks and ridicule they would normally get from sharing their music with the world.
Users can change their account by going to “Settings” and then “Advanced” while logged in to their Rdio account. By default, all Rdio accounts have always and will always be set to public. If you wish to keep your less than stellar music taste quiet, you will have to go in and change the setting manually.
Of course, Rdio does not want you to be completely left out in the cold as far as socializing with people over music goes, so that is why they have left the ability for people to follow you, as long as you approve them first. When someone wants to see your playlists, history and the like, they can ask to follow you, and you can decide on an individual basis if you want them to be able to keep up with your music.
Spotify, Rdio’s major competitor, offers a similar feature where users can set their activity to private for a period of time. The obvious difference between the two is this is more long-term, which could be annoying if you only want to be private for a little while. With Spotify, it is easy to forget to enable privacy, and could cause you to share when you don’t want to. Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!