Rdio is a music streaming service, the same U.S. Rdio Inc., headquartered in Potrero Hill, San Francisco. Rdio was founded by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, and Carter Adamson. Zennström and Friis were as author of Kazaa. On August 3, 2010, the private beta test phase ended. The service was officially launched on 11 January 2012 in Germany. Is financed by the company will continue to risk capital providers Atomico ( Niklas Zennstrom ), Janus Friis, Mangrove Capital Partners and Skype.

  • 3.1 PC
  • 3.2 web browser
  • 3.3 Mobile Devices
  • 3.4 car
  • 4.1 Family Plan


The service is available in 51 countries, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States. Paying customers can use the service abroad.


Music catalog

The music catalog includes content from all major labels. The number of titles available amounts according to their own statements to over 20 million songs. The repertoire is constantly expanding to new labels. The music catalog can be searched according to artist, songs, albums and labels. In addition, can be " scrobbled " which belonged to Last.fm music. New music can find " Heavy Rotation ", among other things by which she shows personalized music recommendations and music that friends like to listen to. There are also top charts and a list of new releases.


The user can also create playlists and share them with friends. This music playlists can be edited with other users. In addition, playlists can be subscribed to receive notifications when new songs are added.


In addition, an online community that allows users to share and to follow others to see what listening to music it exists.



The service offers a native desktop application for Mac OS X and Windows.


The complete service is also available as a web-based version. The installation of a program is therefore not absolutely necessary.

Mobile devices

In addition, there are apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. These can stream music and music can be synchronized to listen to music offline. In addition, there are applications for Roku and Sonos systems.


With software version 5.9 Rdio was in the Tesla Model S to the standard music streaming service in Europe, the data is transmitted, depending on the way over 3G or Wi-Fi. In the United States is used instead slacker.

Accounts and Subscriptions

The service offers in Germany by default two options of use. The web package contains only the use of the Web application and is scheduled for five euros a month. In the Unlimited package to use the Web application and mobile apps is included, what Rdio requires ten euros a month. The service can be tested for fourteen days in Germany before selecting one of the two variants.

In 15 countries, however, the user can use the service free for six months, with a limited number of streams. Germany is excluded from this promotion.

Family Plan

Also, there is a "Family Plan", which is only valid for unlimited packages. Two accounts cost 18 euros per month and three accounts 23 euros. Since June 24, 2013 can use the service at a discounted rate of up to five family members.


Rdio is usually evaluated positively by critics. Blessed is the clear and modern user interface. , Is criticized, however, that the user can not listen to Rdio his own music.

Stiftung Warentest gave in the magazine tested announced that Rdio would penalize inadmissible with more than 40 clauses in the terms and conditions of the User and be ineffective. So Rdio completed example from any liability when it comes to memory errors due to a technical defect and the user loses his music collection.


On April 2, 2013 launched Rdio Vdio, a movie and TV show streaming service. However, can not be seen, but it has to be paid for every film unlimited movies.