First up, in version 3.1.0, listeners now have a place to hear the week’s hottest new tracks with the new music weekly station. It can be found in the new releases section of the app.
It is now also easier and quicker to find friends and share music. When listening to a song, album, playlist, or station, simply press and hold the music, and you’ll be able to search for a friend to share with.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Rdio can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. A subscription will set you back $9.99 per month but includes ad-free listening to unlimited songs.
Without a subscription, you can listen to free stations based on artists, genres, albums, friends, and more – much like with Pandora.
In November, in a response to a similar move by Spotify, Rdio cut its family plan pricing by 50 percent. That means you can add a family member to your account for just $5 each month.
Before today’s improvements, the last update to the software arrived in December. Along with a new search and play functionality, version 3.0.9 offered the ability to play only tracks you’ve favorited.
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