Following Spotify’s launch on the iPad, rival streaming service Rdio is upping its game, and has now launched its music-streaming service in the UK and France. While no official word of this has come from Rdio at the time of this writing, users in the UK and France are reporting they can can now sign up for the service as well as download the Rdio applications for iOS and Android.
The prices for the service also match those of Spotify, with £4.99/month for unlimited web streaming, and £9.99/month for streaming on all devices. These prices are a bit higher than those offered in the US ($4.99 and $9.99, respectively), but certainly not by much.
Up till now, Rdio was available only in the US, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. This sneak launch of Rdio in the UK and France might catch the UK-based Spotify by surprise on is home turf, and turn Rdio into a much more serious competitor.
Less than two month ago, Rdio introduced a redesign of their website and desktop application at the 2012 South by Southwest festival and conference, and have been offering free music streaming on a limited basis since last October. Whether free streaming will reach the UK and France remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that Rdio is making an effort to stay relevant in this sizzling market.
Is Rdio now available for you? What do you think of it compared to Spotify?