Written by Mitch Santell
Producer / Co-founder
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is enjoying an excellent web interface.
Do you remember Rdio? The company had the most intuitive interface and easy to navigate. There was something special about Rdio's live stream that popped out of the speakers.
Oh if you haven't guessed yet, Rdio which was purchased by Pandora and then shut down, was so much fun to use!
I've tried Pandora, don't like it. Spotify feels to Corporate to me like the next Apple, Inc. trying to take over the streaming business. Spotify wants to morph into a record label (mark my words on that one) and YouTube the old stand by for music reference checks. (We have to track new artists all the time).
Here is some interesting background I found on Rdio:
Rdio was launched by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis on August 3, 2010. At the time they had to compete with services such as Deezer, MOG, Napster, Rhapsody, and Spotify. On September 27, 2013, Rdio added a music recommendations feature that delivered personalized albums, stations, and playlists. On January 16, 2014 Rdio introduced some free streaming options, supported by audio advertisements.
SoundCloud is a great platform with a beautiful interface. The quality of the streaming is top shelf, and it seems that as soon as you click play, boom, there you go!
SoundCloud continues to add additional features to the service. You can start out at just 1.00 per month to try it or at least that is the offer that came in my email box.
It is very important that this company remain in business ladies and gentleman.
Here is an example of a recent change at SoundCloud.
The folks at SoundCloud are making the process of finding new music easier than ever. Today, the brand revealed The Upload, a new music discovery feature that delivers users a list of “the freshest new music uploaded” to SoundCloud. Making the new feature even more useful is the fact the list is “personalized to your taste on a daily basis.”
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