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The Battle of the Music Services: Rdio vs Spotify

Editor’s note: Thanks for visiting! We are aware that Google and Apple now have their own music services that come into play, namely iTunes Radio and Google Music All Access. But since neither of these have come to iOS yet, the platform Matt Evans and I use on our mobile devices, we are excitedly awaiting for them to arrive on iOS and will share our take on them. Please say hi and connect with us on your favorite social network in the meanwhile!

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Related article: Switching from Spotify to Rdio? How to Transfer Your Existing Playlists to Rdio

I recently discovered Rdio, right after the Twitter #Music app launched. I have had a Spotify account for about six months before this. If you are not familiar with either service both are music services and much different then Pandora or iHeartRadio. Rdio and Spotify both let you have access to a huge library of music, and make your own playlists and choose your own order of songs. With Pandora or iHeartRadio, you only get to pick stations and they choose the songs you listen to.

I’m a huge music fan and I have been since I was a kid. When I was middle school I learned to play the drums and later after high school went on to working in Radio at a variety of stations. So when I talk about music, I mean business. I have more then 900 songs in my iTunes library. However, I’m unable to add them all to my iPhone or iPad with out having storage issues.

I decided to search for a new music provider and I found Spotify. I had heard of Spotify before signing up for the service. I love making my own playlists and listening to the music I wanted. I signed up for a Spotify account and started using the service. Then I learned of the Rdio service and it blew my mind away. The beautiful design just sold me on the service. I signed up for the free trial and started by downloading it on my iPhone and iPad and I was again stunned by the design.

If you have never used a streaming music service both services allow you to stream your music from your computer, tablet, or phone. Here is a preview of the design different between each service:

Rdio

Rdio iPhone Screenshot #1 Rdio iPhone Screenshot #2 Rdio iPhone Screenshot #3

Spotify

Spotify iPhone Screenshot #3 Spotify iPhone Screenshot #2 Spotify iPhone Screenshot #1

I found that Spotify design is more out of date. However Spotify had a great service. If you look at the numbers, Spotify has more then 24 million active users and has more then 20 million songs. Rdio has only 100,000+ active users and only 12 million songs. I found most of my songs on Rdio, which I had on Spotify. Both services are growing and Rdio is picking up ground very quickly.

So what are the prices for each service?

Rdio plans

Rdio Plans

Spotify plans

Spotify Plans

My choice is by far Rdio and what ended up selling me on this service was the beautiful design. If you’ve never used a streaming music service though, do be careful if you do not have an unlimited data plan. Both these services use your data plan if you are not connected to Wi-Fi or in offline mode.

So if you are using either service, which service do you prefer? If you don’t use either one, let us know why!

About the author

Matthew Evans

Matthew co-founded Goopply in 2013 and is the Executive Editor. Matthew handles all day to day operations and writes about technology such as Apple, Mobile Devices and Apps. Matthew is a blogger, developer and a former Radio Broadcaster. In his spare time Matthew enjoys hiking, baseball and taking pictures.

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