Subscription service Rdio has finally given Android users as good a mobile experience as iPhone users. Rdio unveiled the updated app on Monday.
The new Rdio app for Android has the great home screen it was previously missing. The home screen has one-touch access to the music collection, playlists, listening history and other sections of the service. It adds the ability to view new releases and top charts found on the iPhone app.
A good mobile app can make a big difference for a subscription service. The services all have more or less the same catalog of music. They have the same price structure. But they can set themselves apart by the mobile apps available to the people who pay a premium for mobile access (it costs $9.99 per month in the U.S.). Rdio has a feature-filled app that should appeal to a person who likes music enough to subscribe. All the features on Rdio's web site or desktop client are available on the mobile app for iPhone and Android. The app makes it easy to browse recent new releases, see what friends are listening to and receive recommendations based on recent listening activity.
The new app is available to subscribers of the Rdio Unlimited tier of service. Users of the web-only and the free tiers do not get mobile access. The app is available at the Android market in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.