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New Features Add Functionality to Favourites

Last September we introduced Favourites on Rdio, allowing listeners to quickly collect their favourite songs, albums, stations, artists and playlists with the tap of a button. Now we’re adding even more functionality to Favourites — four new features make it easier than ever to listen to the songs you love the most.

  • Multi-Select Your Favourite Tracks
    On the web, you can quickly select multiple tracks from an album or playlist to add them to your Favourites. Command+click the tracks you like, then right click to favourite them.

  • Play Just Your Favourites
    Want to play only your favourite tracks on an album? Check out the “Play favourite songs” option on web and mobile.

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  • Start Exploring With Listener Favourites
    Introduce yourself to new music on Rdio by starting with the most popular songs on an album to find your own hits (or misses). The most favourited songs on an album are now easy to find with the new Listener Favourite icon.

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  • Sort Your Favourites by Most Played
    It’s now easy to find your favourite Favourites. Back by popular demand, you can sort your favourite tracks by the number of times you’ve listened to them. On the web, choose “Most Played” to order your top tracks by play count.

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We'll continue to roll out more new features in the coming weeks, based on your listener feedback. We're dedicated to making Rdio the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

∞  01/27/2015 — 6:52PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:52PM in New Features, Tips & Tricks |

Music

New Music Weekly - January 26th, 2015

We always have fun putting together your New Music Weekly playlist, a collection of the very best new songs that you can receive each week by subscribing. The current set includes album from festival bound acts Connan Mockasin (Laneway) and Papa Roach (Soundwave), a saucy soundtrack single from 50 Shades Of Grey by Ellie Goulding plus a bunch of cute couplings - Diminutie diva Kylie Minogue lends her pipes to Italian EDM virtuoso Giorgio Moroder; Aussie electro lass Alison Wonderland ropes in Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Emile Haynie bags a feature from West Coast babe Lana Del Rey.

And that's just the tip of the playlist iceberg. Read more in the Playlist Notes below and explore more sounds from each artist on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco - aka Lupe Fiasco returns with a reflective and relaxed hip-hop offering including features from Guy Sebastian and Nikki Jean.

Twerps - Range Anxiety

The Melbourne outfit's LP is one of endearing earnestness and jangly charm.

Joey Badass - BA.DA.$$

A confident debut from the young Brooklyn rapper, loaded with focused flow and absorbing beats.

POND - Man, It Feels Like Space Again

The ever-evolving Perth psychedelic rockers take us on a trip of 70's synths and sound effects on their 6th record.

Connan Mockasin - Caramel

Alt-pop Kiwi artist Connan Mockasin unveils his second album on the eve of touring with St Jerome's Laneway Festival. As the title suggests, it's smooth, slow and sensual.

Hermitude - Raise The Roof

The Aussie hip-hop heroes fuse Mariachi horns and swinging drums with powerful synth.

∞  01/26/2015 — 10:18PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:18PM in Music |

News

Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.

∞  01/22/2015 — 4:30PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:30PM in News |

Music

New Music Weekly - January 19, 2015

It's Monday which can only mean one thing - a brand spanking new New Music Weekly Playlist just for you.

There's a lot to love on the singles front with the latest offerings from NZ songbird Ginny Blackmore; Nashville singer-songwriter and one-time Rhianna collaborator Mikky Ekko electro-punk stalwarts The Prodigy and Liverpool larrakins The Wombats.

As always, you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a new hand-picked set each seven days, and dive into the Rdio New Releases to hear every latest offering in our collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES:

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Uber producer Mark Ronson channels late 70's funk and soul. Features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala 's Kevin Parker, Mystikal and Bruno Mars.

Dan Mangan & Blacksmith - Club Meds

After a 2 year hiatus to concentrate on being a father, Juno-award winning Canadian Dan Mangan offers up his 4th studio album and first under this new moniker.

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In The Peacetime Want To Dance

Personal, political and compelling - the 9th studio album from Glaswegian indie-pop darlings Belle & Sebastian fails to disappoint.

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers

The American roots artist emerges with a new album just four months after his last. Intended to be a double album release with last year's critically acclaimed 'Single Mothers', Townes Earle instead chose to release 'Absent Fathers' as a compainion album.

La Femme - Psycho Tropical Berlin

The debut LP from the French act sees them cover off a sioree of sounds, from surf pop to polished punk.

The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

The enduring and endearing Portland quintet deliver a lovably eccentric yet classy 7th album.

Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep

An intense and vitriolic release from the UK act known for their heavily politicised blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance.

∞  01/18/2015 — 9:20PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:20PM in Music |

News

Rdio Expands to India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener.” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favorite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you. Welcome India!

∞  01/15/2015 — 3:10PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:10PM in News |

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Rdio Announced as the Official Streaming Partner of AIR

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Rdio is pleased to announce it is now the official digital music streaming partner of AIR.

This partnership further cements Rdio’s genuine commitment to fostering and supporting local talent, building on the brand's existing support of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards in 2014.

Throughout 2015, AIR and Rdio will collaborate on various initiatives that will help to promote and widen the reach of Australian Independent Artists. This will include Rdio’s continued support for the Awards. There will also be a focus on streaming the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts every week, via AIR‘s Rdio profile.

“Rdio is committed to supporting the local music industry, not only in Australia but in all corners of the world,” said Rdio’s Colin Blake, General Manager Australia & New Zealand. He continued; “We are excited to build upon our existing relationship with the Australian independent community and assisting local independent artists in extending their reach in 2015.”

“AIR and Rdio share a strong vision for the promotion of Australian independent music, so naturally we are excited to further develop our partnership with Rdio. We look forward to working together and connecting more people with the great music being produced by the Australian independent sector.” said Dan Nevin, CEO of AIR.

Since its beginnings, Rdio Australia has worked hand-in-hand with Australia’s indie labels to profile, promote and support local artists. To achieve this, Rdio actively invests in the local music industry and continues to deliver holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, follow the AIR profile.

∞  01/14/2015 — 6:01PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:01PM in News |

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Rdio Artist To Watch - Tkay Maidza

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We're kicking off our Artist To Watch program for 2015 with the fantastically feisty femme emcee Tkay Maidza.

The Adelaide-based teen has been seducing the rap-game and ravers alike with her neon bright beats and razor quick flow. Having collaborated with the likes of Night Slugs' Bok Bok, Kilter, Must Die! and Swick & Lewis Cancut, she's also dropped a few killer singles of her own, namely the attitude-laden 'Handle My Ego' and Jurassic-themed jam 'Brontosaurus'.

Add to that some killer festival bills (Falls, Southbound, Listen Out and Laneway) and a global booking deal with The Agency Group - home to hot-as-hell hip hoppers like A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Angel Haze and Vic Mensa - and we think you'll agree this little lady is lined up for the big time.

Her debut EP Switch Tape is a 5 track dose of infectious brat-rap and glitch-hop-pop we recommend you listen to right away.

Follow Tkay Maidza on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  01/07/2015 — 8:53PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 8:53PM in Artist Spotlights, Music, Recommended By Rdio |

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Vance Joy, Twin Shadow, Echosmith and More Artists Choose Their Favourite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Vance Joy, Echosmith, Ingrid Michaelson, East India Youth, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith; Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You…. Stay tuned for more!

∞  12/22/2014 — 4:43PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:43PM in Exclusives, Music |

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New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organisation features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations: Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home: An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favourites: Find something you love? Favourite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse: Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending: What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

∞  12/15/2014 — 4:45PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:45PM in New Features, News |

Music

12 Days of Holiday Stations Starts Now

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Rdio is making it sound a lot like Christmas with our 12 Days of Holiday Stations! No matter what genre you're into, Rdio has a festive station to suit you and your yuletide celebrations.

Whether you’re looking for holiday music for kids, a country Christmas or like things a bit indie, Rdio is here to help you soundtrack your festive season your way.

Stay tuned to discover a new station highlighted each day on Facebook until Christmas Day - our first or "partridge in a pear tree" station is Holiday Hits, loaded with Chrissie classics from the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.

∞  12/13/2014 — 3:08PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:08PM in Music |