Rdio's mobile apps get a big update to match the modern Web interface
If you've been using Rdio for a while on your Apple or Android smartphone, check for an update -- because you're in for a treat. The new Rdio app, now at version 2.0.0, gives mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android tablets and smartphones, the same clean look and feel that the recently-revitalised Web interface has.
When you first load up the new app, song metadata (track and artist info, and so on) is re-downloaded for all the songs in your collection.
The app loads into the Heavy Rotation screen by default, with large album art tiles and only the most relevant information -- album name, artist, and album length.
The pop-out menu, which is accessible from the top left corner of the screen, has the familiar list of go-to items, although the ordering of the list is biased towards finding new music with the Heavy Rotation, Top Charts and New Releases options above Collection and History.
The Top Charts page follows the same style as Heavy Rotation, with the list organised by the most popular albums -- or songs, or artists, or playlists -- on Rdio at the time.
New Releases is in the same format again, but can be adjusted to show music from this week, last week, or two weeks ago.
The Now Playing screen has been cleaned up with a simpler, brighter, whiter interface, and top-of-screen controls that are more consistent with the rest of the app, with corner icons bringing up menus or displaying different sub-screens.
The Collection page retains its simple style, although like the rest of the app the font has changed to match the Web interface.
Playlists are, like the Collection, clean, with contextual options squeezed into corners.
The Queue menu, when empty, prompts you to choose some songs to listen to.
Once you've got music queued up, it's divided into a Now Playing and Play Later list, divided by individual track or by album if you've got several songs from the same artist ready to go.
The settings screen remains the same, although syncing songs and playlists has been moved out into its own Sync option.
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