NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Rdio isn’t the streaming music service with the most users or features. But unless you’re a serious music nerd, Rdio is the most usable option. For vast amount of music fans, Rdio has the best design and functionality, making it CNNMoney’s Best In Tech for the streaming music category. If you’ve never used a streaming music subscription service like Rdio or Spotify , understand that it’s not Pandora ( P ). You don’t pick a song or artist and then let the service build a randomly-generated playlist for you. Instead, for $10 a month, you have unfettered access to an online jukebox with tens of millions of songs. What really separates Rdio from the competition is its social backbone. You can follow friends, strangers, musicians, businesses, etc. and get a sense of what they’re listening to. Rdio will also recommend songs and artists for you to check out based on your friends’ interests. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re not quite sure what to listen to, this feature is one of the best in helping you figure it out. Another standout Rdio feature is the ability to build an online library full of “your” tracks.
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By Associated Press, Linda Thompson, Wont Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds) Linda Thompson briefly plays the role of proud parent on her new album, happily slipping into the background while her children sing Anna McGarrigles As Fast As My Feet. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Its a rousing rendition and a rare moment of peppy pop on Wont Be Long Now. With Thompson front and center, doom and gloom dominates the rest of the record no surprise to longtime fans of Thompson and her ex-husband, Richard. She sings of war, fear, domestic abuse, loneliness and death, and like the gray sky on the cover, theres a bleak beauty to the music. Thompsons bracing, unvarnished alto remains a wonder despite her history of career-curtailing voice trouble. She chooses her material wisely, mixing traditional British and Irish folk with songs she wrote that have the same timeless feel. The family provides plenty of help. Daughter Kami takes the lead on As Fast As My Feet, and son Teddy contributes as a composer on four songs, including the wry title cut. Even Richard lends a hand, with his acoustic guitar the only backing instrument on the lovely opener Loves for Babies and Fools. It sounds like something they might have performed together 40 years ago again, timeless. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Taylor Swift opens $4 million music education center in Nashville
The singer opened the $4 million center in Nashville. It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City. The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday morning, and will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday. RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT SETS SONGWRITING RECORD Mark Humphrey/AP Swift posed with fans at the center. The facility will have classrooms, instrument rooms, and education opportunities for kids. Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened. “I’m really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today,” Swift said in an interview after the ceremony. “It’s really exciting that we can be here on a day when they’re not only unveiling it, but they’re starting to actively use it today.” RELATED: TAYLOR SWIFT MAKES 7-YEAR-OLD GRACE MARKELS DREAM COME TRUE AFTER YOUNG FAN WAS HIT BY SPEEDING MOTORIST Mark Humphrey/AP Swift cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign. The center will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new center will increase educational opportunities sevenfold going forward. And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day. RELATED: READY FOR HER CLOSEUP!