Archive for October 4th, 2010

RDIO is in my future

I used to get angry at Apple for not offering a 120 GB iPod Touch, so I still have to use the 120 GB iPod Classic with its clunky wheel (not very easy to navigate through countless of artists with the wheel).

Now, I feel there’s no point waiting for a bigger iPod.

You see, within a single year, my iTunes library increased from 7 GB to 87 GB (all with legal music). No matter the advances in hard drives or flash storage, my iTunes library increases at a much faster rate. There’s just too much good, legal, free music out there. I buy 2-3 albums a week too, and recently I started listening to jazz too (which means a lot more new music being added).

So the way to go around this “problem”, would be RDIO‘s or MOG‘s “sync to mobile” ability. Using this way, I will realistically never need more than 4 GBs of overall storage on my device. Which makes the iPod irrelevant, and my cellphone the only device to have with me at all times.

RDIO/MOG can stream music from their servers directly to your device, via WiFi and/or 3G. Personally, I’m not interested in streaming, apart from quick previews. Streaming via WiFi/3G is just too costly, both in terms of battery life, and data usage. And it’s also annoying when you have to wait for the connection to initiate, down-times, or when out of coverage.

So their “sync to mobile” feature is where it’s at for me. For example, before I leave for vacations, or go out on a day trip, I can go to the RDIO/MOG web site, mark the albums I want to listen, and then sync them to the device. 1-2 GB of data later, the music is downloaded in full, and lives on to the device, and I can play it locally.

Yes, you can “manually sync” your iPod too with iTunes, but the upside of RDIO/MOG is that you can select through terabytes of music rather than just your own iTunes library. Also, if you leave for vacations and you forgot to sync an album/song, you’re screwed until you come back. With RDIO/MOG, you can always stream it, and even sync it at any time, if you acquire an internet connection for a few minutes.

So it’s MOG vs RDIO. I’m leaning towards RDIO just because their Android app is more stable than MOG’s. My only problem with RDIO right now is that they don’t have all the music I want to listen to. A lot of new hip releases arrive weeks later, if at all.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I’d love to see a GoogleTV app of RDIO too, fully controlled with the RDIO mobile app (with the actual TV being OFF, the way we can listen to music today with our AppleTV/Remote app).