As a creative, listening to music when I’m working is essential to getting the creative juices flowing. Problem is, I recently deleted ALL my pirated music, which was pretty much my entire music collection! With this, my guilt was washed away… and perhaps, my creative muse; music.
Well, what next? I can’t afford to buy a lot of music… and listening to Radio, you might like 1 out of every 10 songs with annoying adds in between. And so, the search began… and I found Rdio, the hands-down best music streaming websites in South Africa.
Rdio is a legal music streaming which pays the artists’ labels a certain amount every time one of their songs is played or a percentage from the pool of money earned from monthly subscriptions. Now I can listen to my favourite musicians and know they are making at least some money from me.
I’m going to cover how it all works and some of the features and concerns you may have. Alternatively, you could check it out for yourself – the first 6 months are free!
It’s FREE for the first 6 months! OMG!
So really… How much does it cost? From only R25 a month!!!
That equals R300 per year. That is the equivalent of buying 2 physical CDs per year!
One of the greatest features of Rdio is the ability to adjust the quality of the streaming. Change the setting once and never have to worry about changing it again unlike streaming Youtube videos. I recommend a data package of no less than 20GB per month. My internet speed is up to 4MB per second and I rarely have any streaming issues.
Short answer; not really, but they certainly make more money than from illegally pirated downloads. Rdio is a service that really benefits the consumer (And probably the record labels) more than the artist, but this is nothing new. For more info on how much artists make from Rdio and other streaming sites, read some of the following articles: Information is Beautiful, Digital Music News and Rolling Stone.
Rdio is, in my opinion, the best digital music streaming website available in South Africa. It’s super easy to use with a simple and beautiful user interface. You can quickly create a library of your favourite albums, songs, musicians, genres and even playlists.
For me, the best feature of Rdio is it’s ability to intuitively help me discover new music based on my favourited artists, albums and songs.
Feature 1: Beautiful User Interface: Album View
Feature 2: Browse Stations – Music for your mood.
Feature 3: Favourites – Your personal music library.
Just find your favourite Artists, songs and albums and click on the heart button on the bottom left corner of the thumbnail image to add to your favourites. This is probably where you’ll spend most of your time on Rdio.
Feature 4: Rdio helps you find new music you will probably love by recommending music it knows you like and listen to:
Feature 5:Your very own, personalised music station: Move the slider to adventurous to discover new music:
I’ve only scratched the surface of what Rdio can do. The only way to you’ll ‘get it’ is to try it for yourself!Launch Rdio
I’m a designer and creative thinker who lives and breathes all things web and branding. Mondays are my favourite day of the week because love what I do and use that passion to help people grow their dreams.
— Daniel Skaftouros
Designer / Art Director