Music services are one thing that Windows Phone isn’t lacking in the app department. We’ve got the native
Zune Xbox Music service built in, Nokia Music on some devices, Spotify, Slacker, Rdio, and Pandora (on the way). For fans of Rdio, the app just got a small update that should help appease subscribers of the human-powered music discovery music network.
The last big update in at the tail end of December gave Rdio the Windows Phone 8 treatment. Lockscreen support, multiple tile sizes, etc. Moving from version 1.15.0 of the app to 1.16.0 will give you two changes:
- Improved online streaming/playback
- Improved interface
Rdio is still rocking a nice design and hits all the high notes in regards to the ‘Microsoft Design Language’. The latest version eschews the black layout of the previous version and now you’ll find white the big theme. Feels a bit more like the Rdio website. Additionally, the app used to just have ‘heavy rotation’ as a big pivot in the panorama layout. They’ve now added top charts, and new releases. Overall it feels a bit more like the native Xbox Music app in terms of layout. Maybe Corey will be happy now.
Streaming and playback are working great on my Lumia 920 running on T-Mobiles faux-G network in southern California. To be honest I can’t notice a difference in streaming or playback, but changes like that are more often than not hard to notice unless you were having issues before.
Let us know if you are getting better performance in terms of music streaming.
If you don’t have Rdio, you can download it for free from the Windows Phone Store for all devices. You can start a 14-day trial subscription from the app too. Get it here, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our Windows Phone Central app.