Spotify vs. Rdio (comparison)

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Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.

16 Comments to Spotify vs. Rdio (comparison)

  1. Rdio is the winner in my book due to the fact, no download is required, also, it’s ad-free. With Spotify I would be “Jamming Out” and then all of a sudden , a loud commercial, who would say that doesn’t suck?

  2. dang.
    i love Rdio but there is one thing that is really big for me:
    “Spotify has a better bitrate.”

    is this still fact?

  3. Spotify is really ugly and I hate that it REQUIRES Facebook. Rdio’s better by a longshot in that regard. I think they deserve my money over Spotify.

  4. da-ro0fu5

    good review but would have been better if you looked at: system uptime – how often are services disrupted or unavailable? what does the user think of the support forums? do the developers actually respond to user base feature suggestions or requests for updates on new releases? does the service provider seem to ignore certain larger user bases, devices and applications, yet concerntrates it’s efforts on a smaller user base, devices and applications; android’s : apple’s market share. user experience & supports matters especially if you are paying for a service, device support and applications :-)

    • Didderneenbean

      I agree, this article could have been much better. This may sound nit picky but poor grammar, word redundancy and careless sentence structure can subtract from an author’s credibility. It looked rushed and halfway through reading I decided not to take it that seriously and find a better comparison. Just sayin. Also, the Spotify user forum is incredible. PS – Will you still be working on an insane and enviable iTunes library when you can subscribe to music streaming services?

  5. da-ro0fu5

    alternatively you could have monitored the ports that each application opens on a router to see how each service queries and locates those multiple tracks, you would see that Spotify uses peer-to-peer torrent-like sub-system which Rdio does not…

  6. da-ro0fu5

    this statements is incorrect: >> Rdio usually takes anywhere form 2-5 seconds to start placing with as much as 10 on the mobile app, where Spotify plays immediately. << Spotify can take upto fifteen seconds to play a song – if you had taken two separate desktops and installed wireshark or simular on each then tested multiple songs from each service you would see why Spotify appears to play tracks immediately.

    • I’m going to guess there is still some “clog” in the web backend, which explains the slight delay. I can live with a couple seconds of delay. I’m old school from before Shoutcast was cool. I know all about buffering… sadly.

  7. Thanks for the review. I dont understand how soundquality can weigh equally as ui when judging a music service but other than that nicely written. To me rdio is a joke if they cant offer atleast 320 kbs for offline mode.

  8. I enjoy the ability to log in and listen to Rdio from any computer, not just my own. If I’m using a work computer than I can listen to Rdio because no software is needed. I don’t care about my iTunes when I am using Rdio anyway, so for me Rdio wins. It is better looking and has cooler features. I can deal with some of the lacking music, but it gets better all the time. I have been with Rdio since it was in beta and it has come a long way. I also love that Rdio is ad free.

    • I heard Spotify was coming out with a web-based client soon. If they don’t, I might switch. I like “the cloud” and not needing special privileges to listen to music. Not everyone in the corporate world is authorized to install fun stuff.

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