A week after Rdio filed for bankruptcy and was acquired by Pandora for $75 million, the struggling music streaming service has stopped accepting new subscribers and has cancelled the accounts of existing subscribers. We don’t know when the service will actually be shutting down, but the free version is still available, and people who have already paid for a premium account will still be able to use the premium features for the duration of their subscription, but they won’t be able to renew it once the subscription ends.
Pandora recently acquired the technology behind its streaming rival Rdio, which declared bankruptcy. If you’re an Rdio subscriber, you’re probably wondering just what, exactly, this transition means for you. In a blog post, Rdio said its service “will be winding down in the coming weeks.” If you’re a current Rdio subscriber, your subscription will be cancelled on November 23, and Rdio will stop accepting new subscribers on that date, too. That doesn’t mean that Rdio is going away at that time, per se. You’ll be able to enjoy the services you paid for throughout the remainder of your subscription; you just won’t be charged for it. “After your subscription ends, you can continue listening to Rdio Free (ad-supported stations on mobile or ad-supported, on-demand songs, albums, and playlists on the web) until the service goes offline,” Rdio said. “We’ll be in touch via email in the near future with more specifics, including the exact timing of Rdio’s end of service, as well as information on exporting your Rdio data, including your playlists and favorites.”