Well, we knew Rdio music streaming was planning on launching in Australia in early 2012, but I don’t think any of us expected it to be this early. While there’s no official announcement anywhere to be seen, tipster Nick pointed out that the site is no longer geo-blocking Australian IP addresses and is offering prices in Aussie Dollars.
You can sign up for a 7-day free trial, subscribe to the web only service ($8.90 a month) or get the web and mobile subscription for $12.90 a month.
From a quick play around with the free trial, it seems the service has a long way to go before it’s really worth the money, with a large amount of Australian music still unavailable. That said, perhaps the commercial arrangements are close to being finalised, hence the lack of an official announcement.
Either way, competition is great, and this is yet another option for us Aussies to get all the music you can want at a limited monthly price.
[Rdio – Thanks Nick!]