The announcement on Rdio's blog:
We couldn’t be more proud of the entire Rdio team and the product we have built. We’re honored to have connected so many listeners around the world with the music they love. We thank you for your continued support over the years and look forward to bringing you even better music experiences in the future as part of the Pandora team.
Eriq Gardner, for The Hollywood Reporter, on how bad it got:
By late 2014, Rdio had hired Moelis & Company, an investment bank, in an attempt to raise new equity capital, but ultimately realized it wouldn't be possible. Rdio also reports looking for a buyer or merger partner, and ultimately decided that Pandora was making the best offer — $75 million for tech assets, but one that was contingent on a Chapter 11 filing, an auction process where overbids might result and eventually court approval.
Christina Warren, for Mashable, on why nobody should be surprised:
Rdio's ending shouldn't be a surprise to anyone watching the company. The company has shed executives en masse in the last year. The attempts at reinvention have largely failed. And the competition is no longer just Spotify, but Apple and Google.
It's a shame that Rdio is going to die. It was a genuinely good service.
Casey Newton, for The Verge, on why people loved Rdio:
Ultimately, it is not a game Rdio was ever built to win. The people who made it focused to a fault on making something beautiful, something that celebrated the music they love. Sigurdsson “wanted to build a music service that was social at its core but was also beautiful,” Becherer says “There was a real focus on that.” Mary van Ogtrop, a copywriter for Rdio, says there will be no replacing the service’s attention to detail. “Rdio taught me to slow down, let it marinate, and make my final decision the right one,” she says.
Miner jokes the design was aimed at “snobby album purists.” Among its subscribers were a small legion of user interface and user experience designers — one reason you see little touches of Rdio everywhere you look. It’s there in the blurred album art that you now see in the background of other streaming music services. It’s there in the translucent panes and gradients that Apple introduced with iOS 7. It’s there in the redesigned app for Pandora, the company that ultimately acquired it.
Nathan Ingraham, for Engadget, on the greatest thing about Rdio:
I never really cared what music was trending among people I've never met. Instead, Rdio was smart enough to show me what was trending among the people that I cared about. At the end of the day, its apps simply were much nicer to look at and much easier to understand. Even now that I know basically all the streaming services inside and out, I'm struck just by how minimalist Rdio is -- the simple apps still manage to contain a bevy of features in a logical way.
Robinson Meyer, for The Atlantic, on losing a great space:
Rdio was a Spotify competitor, but unlike that service, it felt like it was built for people who liked digital music as digital music. Its metadata was often high quality. Like iTunes of yore, it organized its songs as much by album as by artist or genre. You could even sort and search songs by record label, something no other streaming service has implemented well. (Maybe that's why record labels seemed to enjoy it: For years, some unknown toiler at Smithsonian Folkways put out short, seasonal playlists that sampled from that company’s encyclopedic collection.)
At its best, Rdio had perhaps the kindest community in online music. People left comments on albums, and, lo and behold, the writing was good and interesting. Strangers constructed playlists that pulled from artists and albums you’d never heard of, but without the performative high/low-ness that afflicts so much online music talk.
Sorry guys. This one's actually on me.