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Rdio adds 500 live broadcast radio stations

by Todd Haselton | August 12, 2015August 12, 2015 11:00 am PDT

Rdio, likely in a reaction to Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station, announced Wednesday that it now supports more than 500 live broadcast radio stations from around the United States. And it isn’t just another streaming version of popular radio stations. Instead, you can actually interact with the songs you’re hearing.

For example, Rdio will allow you to share a song that’s being played by a live radio station, create a custom streaming station based on a song, or download a song if you’re one of Rdio’s premium subscribers. The new stations are in addition to the “algorithmic stations” that Rdio already provides users, and you’ll find popular channels such as NASH FM 94.7 in New York, KFOG in San Francisco, Los Angeles’ KLOS 95.5 and Indianapolis’s 93.9 The Beat.

The offering isn’t just about music, though, which makes Wednesday’s news even more compelling. Rdio will serve up other radio programming content, including sports stations so that users can follow along with big events like The Kentucky Derby, NCAA March Madness and The Masters, in addition to other Westwood One sports content.

Rdio said the live radio stations are available on all four of Rdio’s service tiers, including its free-ad supported option, the $3.99 Rdio Select plan, Rdio Unlimited ($9.99 a month) and Rdio unlimited Family ($14.99 per month.)

Your move, Spotify.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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