The hot new thing, US-based music streaming service Rdio, has finally launched in Australia. This follows the recent Australian entry of Zune Pass and JB H-FI’s Now service.
Rdio has been one of the most popular streaming services in the US. It’s available cross platform through a web app, iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The service allows you to stream unlimited music over the internet, and you can follow influencers such as magazines like SPIN and The Fader to get music recommendations. You can also connect your Twitter, Facebook and Last.FM profiles to connect with friends from those networks.
The interface on both the mobile app and the web is very slick, and music recommendations are fantastic. I’m glad they’ve entered the Australian market ahead of Spotify and Pandora as I think Rdio is a better all-around service.
You can try Rdio through a 7-day free trial, and it costs $12.90 per month, which is a bit pricier than JB H-FI Now.
Check it out.
Vivid Sydney - A festival of light, music and ideas
Vivid is back this year and looks bigger and better than ever. If you haven’t heard about it before, it’s a cool bunch of programs that include large-scale light installations in key areas such as The Rocks and the Opera House, live music performances from indie artists, creative and idea summits and networking events for digital media types and creatives. It starts in late May and goes through till June, lots of cool things to see and experience.
Personally I want to check out some of the live music and X|Media|Lab ideas summit which is a think tank event featuring speakers in the digital space. It’s a worldwide event and it’s the first time it’s come to Sydney, the speaker list is pretty solid I’d definitely like to hear some of their experiences.
Vivid is pretty sweet, particularly if you’re in the creative or digital space I’d definitely check it out, or even if you just enjoy live music and scoping out some art installations.
Here’s the website.