Rdio follows Spotify, goes free for web-based streaming
Streaming the music you want continues to become easier, with more choice of services and increasingly better pricing. But prices can’t get any better than free, and that seems to be where this market is now headed.
Today Rdio joins Spotify in announcing it will now host free streaming on the web. "That means you can listen to 20 million songs plus all the albums, playlists, and stations you love anywhere there’s a computer. Absolutely free", the service announces.
This does, of course, mean that you can expect ads to appear periodically, but that is understandable. Rdio promises these will be short and as unobtrusive as possible. You can still eliminate the advertising if you wish to pay for a subscription, which runs $9.99 per month.
Just two days ago, Spotify announced a similar plan, though it also extends to mobile devices, which is a handy addition. The company had previously restricted streaming to a limited amount of hours, though it gave a generous six months of unlimited to get you hooked.