Streaming music service Rdio has just launched a new Windows app, to add to their dedicated family of apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Sonos and Roku. This is a catch-up to the Apple side, which has had a stand-alone Rdio app since this Spring.
It's available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7 computers. I'm not sure what the need for a desktop app is in a day and age where most groups are moving towards either a mobile device or a browser-based approach like MOG's new HTML5 player, but the new Rdio Windows app is exactly that. Maybe we should do a MOG vs. Rdio cage match some day and review the two services.
The Rdio Windows app can use the "Match Collection" feature to quickly review your music library and get your music up in the cloud, much like iTunes "Scan and Match" feature. There's also keyboard integration with play / stop / pause etc.
Rdio was developed by the creators of Kazaa and Skype, which are Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström. Rdio has licensing with all four major record labels and multiple indie labels, with social media tools to share music, and Twitter and Facebook support is included. The music sharing allows users to listen to the music of of other users they follow.
Rdio runs at a cost of $9.99 for mobile and Web access, while Web access only will cost $4.99 per month, and it features both streaming and offline listening. The Rdio name is a combination of the words radio and audio, pronounced r-dee-o.
Check out more about steaming music sites in the Spacelab Streaming Music Guide.