I’m still looking for an interaction that sparks my interests, and I think I have found a possibility. Please give me your thoughts!

There’s a ton of streaming music sites that have sprung up in the past few years; pandora, spotify, grooveshark, google play, and “rdio

These kinds of sites add a certain simplicity, taking the management out of the music collection. No longer do you have to sync, keep track of music files, backup, update, catalogue, blah blah blah. The streaming allows you to carry your collection with you everywhere.

http://www.rdio.com/ is the streaming service that I am currently looking at. I’ve just started using it, and so far it has been an enjoyable experience. Here is their “about” summary:

Rdio is the ground-breaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 12 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital music collection that’s available everywhere – on the web, in-home or in-car, on an iPad or smartphone, and even offline.


The issue I have is that this site doesn’t really add anything new to the mix. Most of the previously mentioned sites all do exactly the same thing. However, the social aspect on Rdio feels more open and robust. Your music is always on the side panel and doesn’t get interrupted as you explore the music that people are listening to within or outside your network. They also have a feature which visually diagrams your song listens in the shape of circles (like music records or cds) this gives the user a nearly tangible feel for their music preferences, instead of staring at quantitative text-based lists of music.