Rdio aims at iTunes Radio, Spotify with free streaming radio

Digital music streaming service Rdio is launching a free version of its Internet radio service to go toe to toe with offerings from Spotify and iTunes. The service will be available both on the Web and through the free mobile app, according to The Verge

The service, which Rdio has created through a partnership with broadcast company Cumulus media, plays randomly-selected songs based on genre, artist, song or album.

Rdio has long offered a streaming audio service, but it comes with a $10 per month subscription fee. After a 14-day trial period Rdio would deactivate unless the user stepped forth with the subscription fee. Now the Stations service will continue to play music based on genre, track and artist, along with "You FM," a station specifically based on your likes and dislikes.

Have you tried Rdio in the past? Did you subscribe or not? Do you think the free radio service is enough to keep people listening, or does Rdio need to do more to differentiate itself from iTunes Radio and other streaming services? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Source: The Verge