Ben Sisario for The New York Times, on Rdio's new update, including a move to the "freemium" model:
“What we’ve learned collectively over the last few years,” said Anthony Bay, Rdio’s chief executive, “is that the most successful models are freemium models.” [...] Rdio’s new design, which fills a user’s screen with readymade playlists based on their tastes, draws heavily on the Internet radio format, which was popularized by Pandora and has become an increasingly important as digital outlets try to figure out how people prefer to listen to music online. The radio giant Clear Channel has made an aggressive push for its online radio platform, iHeartRadio. Recently Rhapsody introduced unRadio, a music service that is free for T-Mobile customers, and Google bought Songza, an online playlist service. I'm a big fan of Rdio, and yesterday's update is great. Rdio's gotten even better. Be sure to check out The Sweet Setup's rundown of all the new stuff in 3.0.