If you’re looking for a way to explore and listen to music online, you won’t find an experience much more user-friendly than Rdio.
Unlike Pandora, which lets you pick a song or artist and receive a randomly-generated playlist to browse in return, Rdio is a music streaming subscription service more like Spotify.
You can get started for free on the web, listening to a huge collection of songs for six months. Or, for $10 a month, you can get unlimited “anywhere” access across devices to an online jukebox with tens of millions of songs.
What separates Rdio from the competition is its user-friendly interface and social component. The service allows you to follow everyone from popular musicians to friends to strangers to find out what they’re listening to. You can quickly and easily search for artists or albums or local radio stations. Rdio will also recommend songs and artists for you based on your preferences or location – as well as what’s hot in *your* social network.
Another standout Rdio feature is the ability to build an online library full of “your” tracks. Rdio presents this collection as a visual array of album thumbnails that can be sorted.