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Rdio is today adding live streams of 460 traditional AM/FM radio stations, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The rollout, which starts Wednesday, includes 460 stations owned and operated by stakeholder Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc [including] long-running stations such as Cumulus’ KLOS-FM (95.5) in Los Angeles and KFOG-FM (104.5) in San Francisco, along with talk radio and sports outlets … 

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Some talk shows will also be archived for later on-demand play.

Tracks played by traditional radio stations are still identified by the app, allowing paid subscribers to download them for later listening, while free subscribers are able to favorite them and use them to start standard Rdio radio stations. Rdio says that more U.S. stations will follow, expanding out into other countries at a later date.

The move is likely due in part to the increased competition in the streaming music space created by the launch of Apple Music, currently available only on iOS but coming to Android in the fall.

Rdio is a free download from Google Play, with in-app purchases available for the paid Unlimited service.

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