When individuals are asked when the last time they listened to the traditional radio was, chances are many will say when they were in the car. This seems to be a common time when people listen to music over the airwaves, but even that is becoming less and less frequent. These days, you can buy satellite systems for cars, or choose to add on wires that will connect gadgets to the stereo to listen only to the music you want, with no commercials or boring tunes.
It should come as no surprise that within this evolving society with so many new technologies seemingly being released every few days that the Internet is a place many Canadians are going to hear new music, as well as older favorites. They have so many options available to them with just a few keystrokes, from radio stations' websites - many of which offer free streaming - to snatching up a free account on one of the many services like Pandora or iTunes.
There's a new player on the scene in Canada. Rdio recently launched free music service to Canadians, adding to their repertoire of possible ways to find new tunes.
Rdio comes into the mix
According to The Province, Rdio recently not only launched in Canada, but in the United States and Australia as well, placing itself in direct competition with like services Pandora and Spotify. Similar to these offerings, Rdio is free but avid music fans can skip the ads that play between every few songs on the computer on an app for smartphones when they subscribe to a $10 monthly advanced package.
Digital Music News reported that one of the biggest things that might set Rdio apart is the fact that the service offers personalized stations called You FM and Friend FM, which are made up automatically based on listening preferences.
More competitors still to come?
There are rumours going around the entertainment industry in Canada signaling that Rdio will not be the only new Internet-based radio service making its mark in Canada in the near future.
According to MacRumors, though iTunes Radio is now only available to American customers, that might not be the case for much longer. There are many signs that suggest that the corporation is going to release the service in Canada, the most telling of which may be the fact that Apple recently added a new job position on its website, looking for someone who can act as an overseer for the programming of iTunes Radio in Canada.
The news source reported that Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has stated in the past that making iTunes Radio available in other nations is one of the corporation's top priorities right now, so, no matter when this comes to fruition, it's definitely on its way.
In preparation, consumers just have to make sure that they have a quality Internet connection at a decent speed - this way, they can stream music without having to wait for songs to buffer, ensuring continuous tunes.