Apple is expected to announce its new music streaming service in June, and Spotify will have some news of its own to share later this month. Now, music streaming underdog Rdio is elbowing its way back into the competition with a new service priced at just $3.99 per month.
Of course, there’s a catch.
Rdio Select offers a mix of unlimited radio-style streaming and very limited mobile downloads. You can listen to the company’s online radio stations all day with no ads and unlimited skips. You can also download up to 25 songs of your choice to your phone for offline playback, with the option to replace them with new ones every day.
The new service also includes high-quality audio with four options to choose from. However, Rdio Select only goes up to 320 kbps (same as Spotify), so it’s not really competing with lossless compression services like Tidal.
Rdio Select actually sounds like a pretty nice option, especially if you don’t need an entire library of music on your phone. $3.99 a month for the option to skip through online radio stations and get rid of those annoying ads seems fair to us. Meanwhile, 25 specific songs should be enough to get you through most days, though it definitely won’t hold up during a long flight.
If you’re interested, you can try out Rdio Select for free with a 60-day trial to decide if it’s really worth the price. Just hit the source link below to get started.