It took a bit longer than I’d have guessed, but the Rdio iPad app that we previewed a few weeks back is now available in the App Store.
As predicted, it’s the first of the big three on-demand, all-you-can-eat music streaming services (those being Rdio, Spotify, and MOG) to get an iPad app into the store. (Technically, Slacker was the first overall — they just don’t tend to get lumped in with the rest, as their on-demand music offering is a fairly new trick for them.)
So, what was the hang up? As far as I can tell: subscription details. We’d heard that Rdio and Apple were having some hang-ups as to how Rdio was allowed to market the subscription service within the app; as just about all such services have been dealing with lately, Apple wanted Rdio to handle all subscriptions through In-App Purchase (thus getting Apple their cut), and make no mention of being able to subscribe via the web. In the end, it looks like Rdio gave in (though they didn’t really have a choice), with one catch: through In-App Purchase, one month’s subscription will cost you $14.99. Through their own site, it’ll cost you just $9.99. Pro Tip: go through the site.
Rdio is the ground-breaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 12 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital...