Those of use in the US are still waiting for some sort of premium music streaming service. Spotify constantly delays release for one reason or another. MOG still lacks a smartphone app of any kind, though iPhone and Android apps are coming. Other services like Slacker and Pandora aren’t as useful when you want to listen to a specific song or album. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are launching their own service to help us out.
The service is called Rdio, and is currently in invite-only status. Unlike Spotify, there doesn’t look to be any sort of free model with Rdio. The service will cost either $5 or $10 per month depending on how you want to use it. The cheaper plan will gain you access to the full catalog of songs on your desktop while the $10 model will allow users to streaming music to their smartphones. Rdio will have apps for the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms, and an Android app that is said to be released “very soon.”
Rdio hopes to bring something different by adding in social networking integration. It will feature simple integration with Facebook and Twitter, as well as add it’s own social elements. Users will be able to see what songs their friends are streaming and downloading from the service, which could help with discovering new music. Of course, Rdio will have another way to discover new music by letting users download a small app that will analyze their current iTunes or Windows Media Player history to determine what music they listen to and determine what they may like.
Unlike Spotify, Rdio is planning on an International release by the end of the year, but is starting in the US first. It has a deal with all the major labels, so finding music will not be an issue at all. No idea yet when the service will be open to more users, though hopefully it will be soon. It may even be able to beat Spotify to the US, which is now looking for fall release in the US.