The music streaming site Rdio.com unveiled their redesigned website and desktop application last week at the 2012 South by Southwest festival and conference (SXSW). The latest version is more interactive and easier to navigate, with all the main user features available on the homepage.
In the new Rdio player interface, users can access their music Collection, History, Playlists, and Queue from the left sidebar, as well as Recent Activity, Top Charts, and New Releases, without leaving the page itself. Rdio also addressed user requests for the ability to add entire albums to playlists, in addition to single songs.
Users will be pleased to discover that the new site also includes the ability to drag-and-drop album and songs into existing playlists, and re-arrange the order of songs in a list. Features for collaborative playlists and the sharing of song and album titles and links via Twitter and Facebook still exist from the previous version.
Last October, Rdio followed the lead of its online competitors, Spotify and MOG.com, by offering free streaming music. The free option offers an unspecified, but limited, amount of music each month for members to listen to. The aim is to provide enough music to check out the advantages of a paid subscription to Rdio, with unlimited access only available to paid subscribers of the site. For heavy music listeners, streaming music sites like Rdio are much more affordable than paying for single song and album downloads.
A subscription to Rdio.com costs $5.00 for unlimited music streaming and an additional $4.99 for streaming to via mobile app support.