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Future Music Festival Coming To A City Near You

Future Music Fest

Future Music Festival is about to invade Australia, stopping in Brisbane (March 2), Perth (March 3), Sydney (March 9), Melbourne (March 10), and Adelaide (March 11) with a diverse lineup of world-renowned headliners like Avicii, Stone Roses, Prodigy, Rita Ora, Bloc Party, and viral sensation Psy. The sixth annual extravaganza promises to blow out the past events, which have all been historic.

Our Future Music Festival playlist is filled with tunes from the headliners and will get you in the spirit with one quick click whether you can attend or not. Don’t forget to follow Future Music Festival on Rdio for even more music.

∞  02/17/2013 — 4:00PM


Sugar Mountain Provides the Pre-Festival Ear Candy

Sugar Mountain

Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain Festival launched last year to celebrate independent music and visual art on an international scale. The main event puts cutting edge sounds and interactive visions on a large spotlight, while a series of side events explore multimedia art and music on a more intimate scale.

This year’s main event takes place at The Forum Theatre on January 19, but you can channel the good vibes right now with the Sugar Mountain Festival 2013 playlist, which features headliners such as rapper Action Bronson, campy retro rockers Hunx & His Punx, and a rare appearance from Brooklyn’s ESG.

Follow Sugar Mountain Festival on Rdio for even more music from this year’s shows and beyond.

∞  01/16/2013 — 2:00PM


Get Ready for Meredith With Rdio’s 2012 Playlist

Meredith Music Festival

Since it began in 1991, the Meredith Music Festival has grown from an intimate 200-person event into a massive, three-day party that attracts 12,500 people per day to the “Supernatural Amphitheatre,” located on a private farm near Meredith. This year’s event takes place from December 7-9, but the pre-party starts now with our Meredith 2012 Playlist.

Warm up to this set featuring MMF headliners like British vets Primal Scream and Spiritualized alongside younger stunners like Canadian electronic pop princess Grimes and Perth’s Tame Impala. Enjoy the tunes wherever you are — be safe and have fun out there if you’re one of the lucky music lovers who is going to MMF.

∞  12/04/2012 — 2:00PM


The Apple Doesn't Fall Far: Celebrate Father's Day on Rdio

This Sunday, Dad gets his due — it’s Father’s Day. Don’t forget to make him feel special for everything he’s done for you: send a card, take him out to a ball game, or sit back and have a chat. While you do that, bump the appropriate playlist.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far is a compilation of songs by musical fathers and their kin: Bob and Jakob Dylan, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and many more. Have we forgotten any good ones? Add it to our collaborative playlist above and have a very happy Father’s Day.

Still not sure what to get Dad to say thanks? If you love Rdio, he might just love it too. Give him a gift certificate.

∞  08/29/2012 — 4:00PM


Festival Watch: Splendour in the Grass


Besides having the best lineup announcement ever, Byron Bay festival Splendour in the Grass is also one of the country’s biggest winter festivals, best known for balanced, varied line-ups. This year’s assortment of artists is unparalleled: Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, At The Drive-In, Miike Snow, The Shins, Azealia Banks, Wolfmother, Kimbra, Lana Del Rey, Miss Higgins, Ladyhawke, Metric, Howler, and tons more are all scheduled to rock Belongil Fields.

Splendour on Rdio have put together a Splendour 2012 Lineup playlist for your enjoyment. Bump it on the way to the fest, on your way back, or in your living room.

∞  07/25/2012 — 5:00PM

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From Rdio Engineering: Rdio Hack Day #2

Rdio’s inaugural Hack Day in April was a great success, so we decided to continue the tradition. Rdio’s engineers took last Friday to work on any Rdio project they wanted. This gave engineers the freedom to create any feature they wanted to see in the product, jump into some unexplored code, or create web apps using the Rdio API. We saw cool results — read on for some highlights.

Drag and drop interaction on mobile
Jimmy O’Neil added drag and drop functionality to the iPhone Rdio app, so by long-pressing on a track, you can drag onto a collection or playlist.


Keyboard Controls and Multi-Select
Matt Montag went to work on improving the Rdio web experience in playlist and album views so that users can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the track lists and select multiple items. He also added a popularity indicator to each track so you can tell which items are getting the most plays.


Heavy Listeners
Sure, you can claim you’re the world’s biggest Radiohead fan, but where’s your proof? Drew Bazan added a section to each artist page that would list all the heaviest Rdio listeners of each artist.

Automated Front End Testing
Rob Ferguson worked with Sikuli Script (front end automation with screen shots) and Python to batch together front-end testing. Instead of writing long scripts to automate the full process, the new method allowed users to drop in tiny scripts directly from the Sikuli IDE and automatically batch them together.


Mix in Related Artists
One feature that didn’t make it into new Rdio was the control to mix in related artists when playing an artist radio station. Raul Agrait remedied this situation with his Hack Day project, adding in this control to the iPhone app.


Commit Music Tracker
Pat Tuckey and Jonathan Klobucar teamed up to create a tracker that shows the most recent code commits to the Rdio code repository, along with the Rdio music that the programmer was listening to when they made the commit. This may help prove once and for all that good code cannot be written while listening to anything but electronic music.

Custom Playlist Artwork
Justin Tulloss added an image upload feature to your playlists so that you can assign your own image to the playlist cover art.


New Releases Discovery and Collection Items with Low Play Counts
Devin Sevilla created two external tools using the Rdio API. The first one suggests new releases that are by artists you have in your collection, and the second shows you items you have in your collection that you’ve only played once, so you can rediscover some old favorites. You can try Devin’s hack for yourself here.


Album Shuffle
Eric Fikus added a feature to the player that lets you shuffle complete albums. For those of you who like to randomize everything except your albums.

iPhone Visualizer
If pretty pictures are your jam, Brett Duncavage created a visualizer on iPhone that analyzes your music and flips through a series of images along with the beat of the music.

Play Top Songs
Gautam Joshi added a play button to artist pages that will play a set of the artist’s most played tracks. Sometimes you want to know “what is best?” rather than “what is new?”

Integrated Build Tests
Matt Crocker created a practical hack: a triple integration between Jenkins (our test running system), Phabricator (our bug tracking and code review tool) and Skype (our internal chat tool). Now when engineers submit code in Phabricator, Jenkins runs the unit tests associated with the code and comments on reviews. Jenkins also congratulates or shames engineers in our group internal Skype chat, using emoticons and image macros for additional effect.

∞  07/06/2012 — 4:00PM


Festival Watch: Vivid Sydney Brings the Lights, Ideas, and Music


For the next two weeks, the skies above Sydney will once again be painted a hundred wonderful hues, as the Vivid Sydney festival returns for its fourth annual edition. Besides its signature light installations and projection, the festival of light, music and ideas will once again bring a crop of thriving talent, both national and international — think Amon Tobin, Sufjan Stevens, Zola Jesus, Florence + The Machine, Karen O, Janelle Monae, The Temper Trap, and more — to the nation’s capital.

Planning to go? Listen to one of the many excellent festival playlists assembled by Rdio Influencers such as inthemix, FasterLouder, and Drum Media, to get yourself in the mood... as if you needed it.

∞  05/23/2012 — 6:00PM

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Catch the Raveonettes on Tour and Listen Their Rdio Playlist


Fuzzy noir pop duo The Raveonettes just released their Into the Night EP, a four-song stopover between their 2011 album Raven in the Grave and their next full-length. They kick-off a seven-date Australian tour tonight, hitting Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, and Newcastle until May 25.

Still not enough Raveonettes for you? Listen to their Rdio playlist, featuring co-founder Sune Rose Wagner’s commentary on songs that helped shape the band, and what they’re listening to now.

  • The Everly Brothers - “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
    The song that started it all for us.

  • Bob Dylan - “Masters of War”
    Poetry and music, a lethal combination.

  • Gram Parsons - “Return of the Grievous Angel”
    Boy/girl harmonies to die for.

  • The Raveonettes - “My Heartbeat’s Dying”
    My tribute to The Cookies.

  • Grimes - “Oblivion”
    Just like heaven.

  • The Smiths - “This Charming Man”
    You just gotta love it.

  • Bob Marley - “Redemption Song”
    The power of music.

  • Wu-Tang Clan - “Bring Da Ruckus”
    Get ready to be blown away.

  • Schoolly D - “Am I Black Enough for You”
    The song that started it all for us.

  • Dolly Parton - “I Will Always Love You”
    Crying, crying, crying.

  • Buddy Holly - “Everyday”
    Simplicity takes over the world.

  • Husker Du - “New Day Rising”
    Three chord assault.

  • The Ramones - “Rockaway Beach”
    Summer in the city.

  • OMD - “Enola Gay”
    A vibe to kill.

∞  05/16/2012 — 4:20PM


Mother’s Day Music: Share What Your Mama Gave Ya

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — it’s your chance to show ol’ Mumsy just how much you appreciate everything she's done for you. What better way to start thinking about how she influenced your life than by thinking about the music she introduced you to?

Did your mom spin records for you at a young age? Play classical while you were in the womb? Take you to your first rock and roll show? Think about the music, good or bad, that you might never have found without her, and add it to the “Thanks, Ma” playlist on Rdio. And don't forget to tell her about it. Have a happy Mother's Day!

∞  05/10/2012 — 5:00PM


Get Ready for Groovin’ The Moo with user-submitted Rdio Playlists


Since 2005, Australian multi-city music festival Groovin’ The Moo has rocked crowds with a fine balance of international and native acts. The festival has grown over the years, and is now bigger and better than ever — this year’s five days of fun include sets from Andrew W.K., Digitalism, Kaiser Chiefs, Kimbra, Muscles, Public Enemy, Wavves, and many more. The fest kicks off in Bendigo on May 5 before heading to Townsville, Maitland, Canberra, and Bunbury on May 6, 12, 13, and 19, respectively.

Follow Groovin’ The Moo on Rdio now, and brush up on the festival music with people’s excellent GTM playlists to preview the forthcoming festival dates. For starters, give DJ Purple Sneakers’ playlist a spin or try performing band Gold Fields’ mix of “some stuff we're pretty excited to see in the paddock.”

∞  05/02/2012 — 8:00PM