So a little over a year ago, Wolfin introduced me to Rdio, which he really enjoyed and got me trying out, too. Before this I’d been using the radio or my sparse collection of CDs if I wanted to listen to music, and that was good enough for me, but he was enthusiastic and there was a free option, so I thought, “Why not?”
We even shared a plan for a few months.
But about late September, things started to go downhill. Rdio gave their app a massive overhaul, and it didn’t work well. It got worse in November with the release of Android 5.0. Their app didn’t even work! And as they didn’t fix it (they still haven’t–I checked recently), it wasn’t a good option to keep. Besides, they must be having licensing issues because what you select as a favorite one day might be unavailable for you the next.
So it was clear it was time to move on. But to what?
Wolfin has moved to Google Play Music. He likes it a lot, and I’m glad it works for him. It would work for me, too, since it’s got the neat feature where you can upload your own songs, but it does a lot more than I need and it isn’t worth the $10/month.
Pandora, IHeartRadio, that sort of thing… those spent about thirty minutes on my phone before being deleted. I don’t remember why I didn’t like them, but I didn’t care for them.
So far, I’ve been using Spotify’s free option. It seems to work for me. I would pay for premium, but for what I use music streaming for, $10/month is too expensive. I’d look at maybe $5/month, but no more than that.
Meanwhile, there’s always the radio. It works quite well.