Rdio Looks Like It's Coming to the UK to Tempt Your Ears Away From Spotify

By Sam Gibbs on at

It looks like the UK is set to get another music streaming service to take on the might of Spotify. The US-based Rdio, from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has signed-up PRS Music in the UK, which represents some 85,000 music producers across Britain, meaning we could see it launch here pretty soon.

Rdio is already streaming to several of our European neighbours including Denmark, Germany, Portugal and Spain, as well as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Although we don’t have any dates for an arrival on our shores, signing up PRS Music certainly lays the groundwork for a UK assault – its now more a when, rather than if Rdio will launch here.

We already have the likes of Spotify and Rhapsody in the UK, so Rdio might not be anything all that revolutionary when it gets here, but it currently has a 15 million-strong library to tempt your ears away from others. Pricing also lines up well with what we’ve already got. Web-only streaming currently costs €4.99 a month (£4.17) across Europe, while €9.99 a month (£8.35) buys you offline access and streaming via a plethora of devices including the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 – more mobile devices than most other music services.

Rdio certainly seems pretty popular with our American cousins, but I can’t see much to differentiate it from the likes of Spotify here in the UK. We’ll have to wait and see what it brings to the table that’ll be any different, when it eventually arrives here that is. [The Next Web]