In a new step in the partnership between Rdio and Shazam, users will now see their tagged Shazam songs in an Rdio playlist, on both Android and iOS. The playlist, called “My Shazam Tracks,” takes a lot of the pain out of having to do things manually. Naturally, the feature requires an Rdio subscription, which is $9.99/month. It’s doubtful that users will sign up exclusively for the feature, but this kind of cross-pollination is only natural between music-based products of this type.
This development in Google Play Music’s development puts it squarely in competition with iTunes Radio, as well as other streaming applications like Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio, which all have iOS apps and are more deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem. As well, Google is offering an “all access” option which would allow you to store your music in the cloud, stream music across multiple devices, and include the first month free. All access also adds a radio option. It will be important to see who emerges atop this growing heap of music streaming services.
Rdio has announced that it’s going to make its customized stations free for those using iOS an Android apps today. Formerly called You FM, all of its stations are going to be transferred, for free, onto its apps. Powered by The Echo Nest, the company uses an algorithm to produce music choices that users might like based on past choices, in addition to artists that they like on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Rdio has included radio stations for several years, but didn’t prominently support them. But since their introduction, total plays have increased over 50%, with the ultimate goal being the fusion of functional on-demand experience with great passive, radio-station like listening.
After a week’s worth of teasing, the Twitter music app finally launched. A service for both discovery and streaming, it’s now available at music.twitter.com, as well as in the iOS app store; of yet there is no Android app. #Music is based around a recommendation engine that pulls data from across Twitter and your followers to offer recommendations from the catalogs of iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio. Of primary importance is the Trending chart, which allows you to view – and listen to via iTunes Preview, Spotify, or Rdio – the top trending songs on Twitter. As well, there are Emerging, Suggested, and Now Playing tabs; Emerging takes data from all of Twitter to identify up-and-coming new artists, while Suggested recommends music based on who you follow, and Now Playing takes stock of the music being played at that instant by the people you follow. Listening to the songs is straight forward as well, just log in with any of the previously mentioned services and you should be able to listen to full songs in the app. You can, however, click the iTunes button and be taken to the iTunes Store to purchase the song. How well this catches remains to be seen, but what is definite at the moment is that you’ll soon get to know how good your followers’ taste in music really is.
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