Last week, Spotify revealed that it will be acquiring The Echo Nest, a music-centric service that offers content curation and more. While Spotify has big plans for the new purchase, it spelled bad news for Rdio, which has revealed it will be dropping the company, doing so out of a desire not to share data with its competitor.
Today at a town-hall meeting in Amsterdam, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Muck announced Rdio will be integrated into its cars in Europe as the default dashboard audio service. Such follows the company's use of Slacker with its vehicles in the United States, and is a new milestone for the Internet radio service.
Early this morning, Spotify threw the doors wide open for desktop users, stripping away restrictions and allowing unlimited free streaming, no caps or limitations to be seen. Rdio has followed closely on the heels of this, announcing today that its users can also now stream music for free on the Web, the listening supported by advertisements akin to that of its competitors.
Back in April, popular Internet radio service Rdio decided to jump feet-first into the movie streaming business, launching the comparably named Vdio digital movie service as a beta offering. The beta opened up to all users in the United States and UK by June, but over the last six months it has been more or less limping along, and now, on the cusp of the new year, Rdio has elected to close it down.
On the same day that Spotify announced ad-supported mobile device streaming, the expansion into 20 new markets, and the addition of Led Zeppelin to its growing catalog, rival Rdio has made an announcement of its own. It too is expanding into 20 new markets. Some of Radio's new markets overlap with Spotify's.
Fans of free streaming audio in the United States who like to listen on the go will be excited to hear that Rdio has announced free listening for mobile users in the region. Free Rdio streaming has been available previously in some parts the world, but this week's announcement brings free streaming to mobile users in the US, Canada, and Australia.
Today, Rdio and Cumulus Media are slated to announce a partnership between the two companies, one slated to help boost the Internet radio service into more popular waters via, among other things, an advertisement-based free version in the U.S. Cumulus Media owns 525 radio stations, and will provide Rdio with access to its programming content.
If you're a fan of music, you may be using the Twitter #Music service. Twitter's music service got an interesting update late last week that will make it more usable and enjoyable for fans. Twitter announced Friday evening that it would be displaying multiple #Music-generated playlists on Rdio.
Rdio has been rolling out fairly regular updates to its system over the summer, having expanded to seven more countries and boosted its family plan offering back in June, for example. Now the Internet radio company has made another update as promised, improving its Stations with "smarter" functionality and more customization options. The change is already live.