Streaming music service Rdio has rolled out in Australia, adding itself to the growing roster of subscription music services. While it’s good to have choice and the claimed 12 million tracks sounds appealing, the pricing is higher compared to its competitors.
Rdio is charging $8.90 a month for its web-based streaming service, or $12.90 a month for the option to also stream to mobile devices. Unlike most of its rivals, there’s no discount for signing up to a contract. That gives it flexibility, but ultimately makes it a little more expensive: rival JB Hi-Fi Now, for instance, costs $6.67 a month for its web service if you buy a 12-month deal.
You can sign up without a credit card for a free seven-day trial (which is again a bit less generous than JB’s 30-day free trial). I found the sign-up process a bit buggy, but that might just reflect a surge of initial interest. If you give it a whirl, share your thoughts in the comments.