Rdio Is The Best Streaming Music Service
He’s unsigned right now — he’ll probably get a label deal out of this. We’ve signed him for a multi-year deal versus just a campaign, so we’re investing in a future with him. The music industry versus sports is less mature, but the next three years are going to be transformative. Brands are going to be more involved and want a deeper relationship. You’re going to see the way we work together start to be additive to the music ecosystem, versus five or 10 years ago when it was more of a vendor relationship. Nelly – The Champ (Official Music Video) by vjarmanisuits Although licensed music is a big trend among sports leagues and their network partners, there have been more examples of original music in the past two years between Pepsi’s NFL Anthems program with acts like Kelly Clarkson and Aerosmith to Nelly’s original single “The Champ” for ESPN. Are those programs worth the effort? Wilson: With Nelly, he wrote that song and brought it to us. It was kind of a joint thing. We just had Brad Paisley, Zakk Wylde, Patrick Stump, Gretchen Wilson, Papa Roach and a couple others write riffs for “Monday Night Football.” We wanted to do something outside of the music libraries that would feel unique to that show. We’ve had bands remake and remix our theme songs. We’re going to be doing something interesting with “Sports Center” as we move forward with that. Gartland: We just worked with Gym Class Heroes on a big retail program for Hershey’s brands Twizzlers and Jolly Rancher this past summer.
But unless you’re a serious music nerd, Rdio is the most usable option. For vast amount of music fans, Rdio has the best design and functionality, making it CNNMoney’s Best In Tech for the streaming music category. If you’ve never used a streaming music subscription service like Rdio or Spotify , understand that it’s not Pandora ( P ). You don’t pick a song or artist and then let the service build a randomly-generated playlist for you. Instead, for $10 a month, you have unfettered access to an online jukebox with tens of millions of songs. What really separates Rdio from the competition is its social backbone. You can follow friends, strangers, musicians, businesses, etc. and get a sense of what they’re listening to. Rdio will also recommend songs and artists for you to check out based on your friends’ interests. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re not quite sure what to listen to, this feature is one of the best in helping you figure it out. Another standout Rdio feature is the ability to build an online library full of “your” tracks. With rival services, having your favorite music in front of you means scrolling through hundreds of playlists in the sidebar of the app. It’s less than ideal.