The Rdio iPad app has finally worked it's way through the approval phase and is now available to the public. Rdio says that they're "turning listening to music into a highly visual, social and interactive experience." The new iPad seems to work well on all of these levels.
The Rdio iPad app provides an improvement on the iPhone app stretched out for an iPad screen and takes advantage of a bigger screen to roll out a more stylized user experience. The video from Gizmodo shows what this is like as you tap around the Rdio app.
"Rdio is focused on design and access across platforms and we were meticulous with every aspect of our iPad app as it is our most requested and anticipated platform to date. Albums flip over to reveal track listings, transitions between portrait and landscape orientations are gorgeously animated, and controls and lists are cleverly laid out to show off album art in high definition," said Malthe Sigurdsson, VP of Product Design at Rdio when explaining the new Rdio iPad app.
There were some late-stage discussions on how to treat Apple's in-app buying policy, in which Apple takes a cut of the fee from Rdio, and it looks like Apple won. Buying a Rdio subscription costs $15 per month if you buy from within the app, but you can subscribe directly from the Rdio web site for only $10 / month and still have the subscription work with the Rdio iPad app.
it's also worth mention that Rdio is the first of the big music streaming services to launch a dedicated iPad app. This Summer, the foundation has been laid for an all-out streaming music war in the Rdio vs. MOG vs. Spotify battle for users.
As for features -- a quick list:
Follow the activity of other Rdio users like friends, artists, or influencers
Offline access to sync songs, albums and playlists to other mobile devices for listening
Find new music through other Rdio public user profiles
Artist radio and other recommendations to play music similar to an artist or get "smart" recommendations based on your listening history
Charts and heavy rotation – so you can find out what Rdio thinks you're supposed to listen to
This Summer, the foundation has been laid for an all-out streaming music war in the Rdio vs. MOG vs. Spotify battle for users. We've got a front seat, and it's a good time to be a digital music fan.
The Rdio iPad app will add to their dedicated family of apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Sonos and Roku, as well as a desktop version for both Windows and Apple.
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.