Not quite sure why so many people are abuzz about Rdio.com. I tried their “3 day free trial” and so far thoroughly unimpressed. I suppose I just know a bit too well what kind of music I would want to listen too, especially as their suggestion engine has not quite that much data to work with.
Specifically – there’s no way of an easy star rating. They do allow “writing a review” but I fail to see the relevance of doing it for everything I listen. While quick rating like “I like this a lot” or “Okay, but don’t play it too often” is nowhere to be found. Or their UI is hiding it somewhere in an unusual place.
There’s still a lot of unavailable songs presented by “snippets”. Not very useful, and no obvious way to turn it off.
And on top of everything they charge $5 a month. Double-triple meh. Look at pandora.com (though their UI is crappily-unpolished, and most people use mobile apps), or slacker.com. Or just plain old shoutcast.com — all free (with slacker also offering premium paid radios) and all offering about the same amount of music.
Perhaps some other hidden greatness has remained hidden, due to just 3 day long trial, but I am not ready to give them my credit card to have extra 10 days to try the radio. Sorry rdio.com, excitement fail.