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Rdio’s Final Goodbye Is an Export Feature for Its Users' Music Collections

"Download a list of your favorites and playlists in various formats so you can import them into other services.”

by Matthew Braga
Dec 15 2015, 5:00pm

Rdio, the small but beloved music streaming service that announced its shut down last month, posted a touching goodbye message to its users on Tuesday—along with an option to export their listening data and playlists for later use.

The service has set up a farewell page on the site where users can login to see a short recap of their time on the service: date joined, first song listened to, most listened to song and album, and total number of listening hours.

But the real value of Rdio's farewell page is its export function, which gives users the chance to "download a list of your favorites and playlists in various formats so you can import them into other services." The files come in a few different formats—json, txt, csv, and xspf—which means there's some flexibility in how you preserve and/or transfer your collection to one of Rdio's competitors.

Rdio stated on its export page that it would have "more information about third-party services that can help you use the files above to transfer your Rdio collection to another streaming service will be available here soon," and it would email users with more details this week.

Rdio's shutdown, while unfortunate, did not come as a surprise to many users who had been with the service for sometime. Despite boasting one of the best user interfaces among the current batch of streaming music services, Rdio had long struggled to attract paid subscribers, facing stiff competition from older competitors such as Spotify, and newer entrant Apple Music. The departure of its CEO in June 2013, and the firing of a third of its staff that November, was hardly a good sign. The quality of the service has noticeably deteriorated over at least the past year.

Nevertheless, for the brief time it did exist, Rdio was one of the best streaming music services out there. While the service's demise may be imminent, it's a small consolation that its users' collections and playlists will live on.