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.
Music tourism in UK generates £2.2bn
Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire Tourists attending concerts and music festivals are boosting the UK economy to the tune of 2.2 billion (2.5 billion) a year. Music tourism is providing a massive boost to the UK, including at least 24,000 jobs each year, a report from VisitBritain showed. Direct spending by UK and overseas music tourists, including buying tickets and paying for transport and accommodation, was worth 1.3 billion last year. Further indirect music tourism spending additional spending along the supply chain generated by music tourists added a further 914 million, making a total of 2.2 billion. VisitBritain said the average live music audience was comprised of 41 per cent music tourists, with these tourists from overseas spending, on average, 910 while attending festivals and 602 while attending concerts. Domestic music tourists spent, on average, 396 while attending festivals and 87 during concerts. The report also said that overseas tourists accounted for six per cent of music tourism visits but a huge 20 per cent of music tourism spending, with London attracting 1.8 million music tourists. This report confirms that the UKs music scene has significant international appeal VisitBritain chief executive Sandie Dawe said: This report confirms that the UKs music scene has significant international appeal and that music tourists spend lots of money and travel across the whole of Britain. This will act as a catalyst for us all to ramp up our activity and forge better relationships with festival organisers, promoters, venues and producers to raise awareness of our amazing music scene across the world. Treasure trove of gemstones Dench hopes Bond fans go to theatre Advert Comments are submitted under the express understanding and condition that the editor may, and is authorised to, disclose any/all of the above personal information to any person or entity requesting the information for the purposes of legal action on grounds that such person or entity is aggrieved by any comment so submitted. At this time your comment will not be displayed immediately upon posting. Please allow some time for your comment to be moderated before it is displayed. For more details please see our Comments Policy