Rdio brings 20 million songs to Google’s Chromecast


Rdio is the next top-tier name to work with Google’s(s goog) Chromecast streaming stick. On Monday, the music service said its entire 20 million song catalog can be streamed to television through the Chromecast by using the Rdio app on iOS(s aapl) and Android(s goog). Don’t skip a step if you don’t use those mobile apps though: Rdio says its web client can also be used to stream music to a Chromecast. Using the apps, Rdio users can tune in to their favorite songs or create a personalized station for streaming, along with album art, to a Chromecast. In addition to Rdio, Crackle (s SNE) and VUDU (S WMT) also launched new apps that support Chromecast Monday.



I think the addition of Rdio, combined with the addition of VUDU and Crackle support, is the biggest news for the Chromecast since the December 13th app release, at least in America. Add the extra bands for AC WiFi and today has just been a great day for the future of streaming.

If you look at the top apps on Roku, Chromecast has 9 of the top 10, with Amazon Instant missing. It seems unlikely Amazon will support Android or the Chromecast in the near future. After that, the missing apps are PBS, History, PBS Kids, A&E, and Disney. PBS has made it clear they aren’t interested in supporting Android (which I continue to view as blatant discrimination against the poor considering they support all Apple products). So Chromecast support soon is pretty unlikely. The other next popular apps are cable channels. The real test of the future of the Chromecast is whether a major non-premium cable channel will support it. The most likely candidate is ESPN, since they have been most aggressive at getting all of their offerings into their apps on every platform. We can hope.


UK too :-)

Love our main chromecast, bought another for the kitchen.


Reblogged this on thismobilife and commented:
Watching Chromecast’s progression from infancy brings me joy. I’ve encouraged many to buy one, given a few out at Christmas, and enjoy casting my Hulu and Netflix to the TV! Now if only Google Fiber powered my internet instead of Comcast…

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