Rdio Offering Free Streaming Music with a Facebook Login. But, Mobile Streaming Limited

Rdio’s charges $4.99 per month for desktop web music streaming and $9.99 for unlimited web and mobile streaming. However, Rdio just announced that free (and ad-free) music streaming is available now if you login with your Facebook account.

Introducing: Free Access to Rdio

There are a couple of limitations though.

1. Although Rdio says that you can sign up at rdio.com or through one of our mobile apps to get started, streaming full songs is only availble in the desktop web interface. A song streamed using Rdio iOS app is limited to 30 seconds.

2. There is a limit to the number or duration of songs that can be played during a month using a free account. It is not clear what this limit is, however.

I used alternate browsers to see if Rdio would stream to an iPad with the browser set to identify itself as a desktop edition. Rdio, however, was not fooled by this simple-minded workaround attempt.