As far as I’m concerned, there are too many ways to listen to music these days. Part of the problem is that most of us have way too many devices, and they don’t all cooperate. My Apple devices have iTunes, and I love iTunes, but Android obviously doesn’t. So while my iTunes library sits at about 10,000 songs, I have zero access to it from my Android devices. [Ed note: unless you use iSyncr to sync files between iTunes and Android.]
My $10/month subscription to Rdio helps assuage some of those concerns. After matching my iTunes collection to what’s available on the popular streaming service, it’s easy for me to stream almost all of my music to my Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 whenever I need it. Not only that, but I can check out new music without paying extra fees and I can manage my playlists from my mobile devices with ease. Maybe you don’t already have an Rdio subscription but your Android phone is your main music device. Is the Android Rdio app worth the subscription fee?
Some of us like to buy their music and have it stored for an eternity. Or at least, that was the behavior common when mobile Internet wasn’t popular amongst the population. With the rise in smartphones and 3G data plans, Spotify is one service that offers a native app for the world’s most popular smartphone platform.
Back in 2009, the popular-in-Europe streaming music service launched their own, native application for their premium customers. The app works with Spotify’s online streaming service but also has an offline mode to listen to songs offline. (more…)