February 2012

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Events

Celebrate Sydney Mardi Gras with Rdio

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The vibrant colours, sounds, and energy of Mardi Gras have returned to Sydney, but that means more than just the Saturday Parade — a lucky few will celebrate the Sydney Mardi Gras with Rdio tonight at our Beresford Hotel bash. We even invited three of our favourite Influencers to perform. Not only are they playing the event, but DJs Kitty Glitter, DJ Sveta, and Garcon Garcon created playlists of high-energy tunes by artists like Robyn, LCD Soundsystem, Lady Gaga, and the Rapture to celebrate the affair.

Those looking for more Mardi Gras revelry can find it in several other new playlists: the collaborative Official Mardi Gras Playlist — add your favourite party tunes — and the Sydney Mardi Gras Best Of, 2002-2012 playlist, a tribute to the best sounds, artists and performers from the past decade. If you just need to hear the Mardi Gras 2012 Anthems, listen to them thanks to SameSame.com.au. Turn up your pick of party mixes and get into the Mardi Gras spirit the Rdio way.

∞  02/28/2012 — 4:00PM

MusicRecommended By Rdio

Play Toward The Low Sun — Dirty Three’s New Album

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Dirty Three are an instrumental trio from Melbourne, Australia. Their musical style is shaped by their classically-trained upbringing and the music they absorb while traveling the world. Their new album, Toward The Low Sun is their first in five years, and their ninth to date. If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated to add to your music library, Dirty Three might be it. Listen to Toward The Low Sun now.

∞  02/27/2012 — 4:00PM

Follow Modular People on Rdio

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Quick, name a few of Australia’s most critically-acclaimed, unique bands and artists from the last decade or so: Did The Avalanches, Wolfmother, Cut Copy, Azari & III, Tame Impala, The Presets, or Ladyhawke come to mind? Thank Modular Records.

The Australian independent label responsible for bringing us such remarkable and unique talent began in 1998, just “a few hours before the first release was due to go to press,” according to the label’s founder, Steve Pavlovic. More than a decade later, the label’s sophisticated taste in new music, especially in electronic and dance, made it a tastemaker in modern music. A look at some of the label’s other acts — Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chromeo, The Rapture, and Robyn for example — conveys the label’s panache and style.

The label falls under the Modular People umbrella, which is responsible for Modular Touring, The Modular Agency, Modular Ideas, as well. Their Rdio profile is one worth following, especially if you’re a fan of unique dance and electronic artists.

Want more good music from Modular as they continue into the future? Listen to their playlist below and follow Modular on Rdio.

While you're at it, make sure to explore the Rdio accounts of these Modular bands for more great music:

∞  02/23/2012 — 4:00PM

Exclusives

Exclusive: Listen to Dreamend’s New Album Early on Rdio

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After Dreamend released 2010’s So I Ate Myself, Bite By Bite, the singer-songwriter relocated, bringing his Chicago life with him to Savannah, Georgia. Unfortunately, a large portion of his massive instrument collection — a cello, a bell set, an organ, a banjo, and a microphone — was wrecked in the move. Determined, he set out to record his follow-up. New full-length And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave was recorded using those same instruments, in the state they were in following their trek in a moving truck. The result is a record that conveys brokenness and raw emotion.

Though its official release is a week away, you can hear And the Tears Washed Me, Wave After Cowardly Wave right now, exclusively on Rdio.

∞  02/20/2012 — 8:33PM

Exclusives

Exclusive: Listen to The Dead Leaves’s Debut on Rdio

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The Dead Leaves may have started as the solo project of singer-songwriter Matt Joe Gow, but over the past two years, it became something more. The musicians originally hired as a backing band gelled and formed a proper band — the songs recorded to date now comprise Cities on the Sea, The Dead Leaves’ first full-length.

The brooding, atmospheric album will be available a week from now, but you can hear the whole thing early, exclusively on Rdio. Listen to Cities on the Sea now.

∞  02/16/2012 — 6:00PM

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: If You Like It, Then You Should Review It

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You are a music listener of distinguished taste. You have opinions and it’s important to share them with your Rdio friends and followers. Luckily, Rdio has a way for you to inspire them with your words.

This week, Tips and Tricks is about Reviews. Reviews are an excellent way to let your Network know what you think about your latest discovery, rediscovery, or time-tested favorites.

HOW DO I WRITE A REVIEW?

You can review any artist, album or playlist by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking Write a Review. Have something to say about one song in particular? Choose the song from the dropdown menu.

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NEXT STEP: LET THE WORLD KNOW

You can show off your clever reviews to even more people in your network by posting them to Facebook and Twitter. Make sure your accounts are connected, then choose where you’d like to spread the word.

Bonus: Sharing an Rdio link on Twitter will automatically include an embed within the tweet.

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∞  02/15/2012 — 4:15PM

EventsMusic

Do Valentine’s Day Your Way With a Well-Picked Playlist

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Another year, another Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time again to feel that rush of emotions — be they warm-and-fuzzy feelings of love, bitter heartbreak, romance, or a general antipathy towards the whole thing. What better way to express those feelings than through a grade-A playlist? Check out some of the finest below.

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How are you feeling today? Express it through a playlist, and be sure to share it — what’s your way of doing Valentine’s Day?

∞  02/13/2012 — 4:13PM

News

Rdio is Now Playing on Facebook

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Everyone has that one friend, right? The one who knows the best new music long before everyone else. Now you can be that friend on Facebook, and your friends will love you for it.

Rdio is now one of Facebook's official music partners. You can instantly play music on Facebook using Rdio, and share what you're listening to in your News Feed and Ticker. Anytime you see shared Rdio tracks on Facebook, click Play to hear them immediately.

You don't need to download anything to get started, just connect Rdio to your Facebook profile so you can find your friends and start sharing music. Your Facebook friends who've never used Rdio can simply click any Rdio Play button, and we'll automatically create an account for them, give them a 7 day free trial — they can start listening to music instantly.

Connect your Rdio account to Facebook and start sharing.

∞  02/06/2012 — 2:02PM

News

Unveiling the New Rdio for Android

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The original Rdio for Android app put millions of songs in your pocket to take with you anywhere — but we want to give you simply the best music experience on Android devices. Rdio is excited to share the brand-new, redesigned Rdio for Android today.

Rdio for Android now includes:

  • Streamlined navigation featuring an all-new home screen allowing for one-click access to your collection and playlists
  • Support for Android Ice Cream Sandwich’s new remote control client — manage playback on the lock screen, view controls and album art
  • New music every week — be the first to listen to new albums and singles on the day they are released
  • Top Charts
  • Recommendations based on your listening history
  • Search for artists, albums, songs, and now playlists and people
  • Synced collection and playlist — view synced music ready for offline listening without the need to go into offline mode
  • User Profiles - Search, browse, and follow other Rdio users; discover new music by seeing their activity, who they follow, their playlists and more
  • And features of the previous version including Activity, Collection, Heavy Rotation, Playlists, Listening History, Syncing for offline access, and a variety of settings to control syncing and streaming on Wi-Fi or 3G

New Rdio for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. You’ll need an Rdio Unlimited subscription to access Rdio from your phone — new users can sign up directly through the app for a free 7-day trial or on the web at www.rdio.com.

∞  02/06/2012 — 11:07AM

Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Search

Tips & Tricks

There’s never a dull moment here in the Rdio office. Since the recent Rdio Australia and New Zealand launch, we’ve been working full-time on a slew of exciting projects, including expanding our catalog, streamlining the Rdio fleet of mobile apps, and continuing to update and improve the site.

We wanted a way to keep this community of music lovers in-the-know about the latest Rdio new features, so today marks the launch of Rdio’s Tips & Tricks Australia and New Zealand series. Every few weeks we’ll highlight a feature — it might be brand new, it might be top secret, or it might be just plain cool.

We’re sure you’re familiar with the old saying “Give a listener a song and she’ll listen for a couple minutes. Teach a listener to search on Rdio, and she’ll rock out forever.” This week we’re here to help you fine-tune your tune-finding skills.

Your jumping-off point for Search is, of course, the search bar itself.

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Type the name of an artist, album, song, or playlist into the search bar, and results will magically appear in a dropdown list, separated by category.

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To see more, select Show All Results (or hit your Enter key), and browse through the tabs at the top of the Search page.

Pro Tip: When searching for a tune, you can also see all user-created Playlists that include the song—just click the song title, then select the Playlists tab.

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“Nice tips, but where are the tricks?” you may say. Don’t worry, we’ve got some up our sleeve.

Trying to find something but don’t want to go through 10 pages of results? You can narrow things down by putting quotation marks around your search term, or use the hyphen character (-) to exclude words from the search. (“The The” is a favorite search-befuddling band.)

Still seeing too much noise? Check out more search-related tips on the Rdio Help site. And if you still have questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

∞  02/05/2012 — 3:30PM