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Festival Watch: Splendour in the Grass

Splendour

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

EventsNew Features

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.

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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.

Toplisteners

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.

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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.

Source-busters

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.

Rdiolab

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.

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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

Events

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

Vivid

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

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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

EventsMusic

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

Events

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

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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

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Join Rdio at Music Hack Day - Sydney

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If you’re around Sydney and have a soft spot for software, then please join us at Music Hack Day Sydney. On April 28th and 29th, hackers from all around will come together in the name of music and technology to build, invent, and enhance awesome new apps.

Want to show off your coding chops? Then register for Music Hack Day. Lack the knack but still want to watch? The event welcomes spectators and media alike. Support Music Hack Day and change how people experience music.

∞  04/26/2012 — 8:00PM

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Get Ready for Creamfields 2012 with the Perfect Playlist

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In 2010, the annual Creamfields festival came to Australia and established itself as a festival mainstay. The five-day dance music and DJ event drew huge crowds with artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex, and MSTRKRFT. This year promises to be just as crazy — headlining the 2012 stages are David Guetta, Dirty South, Vitalic, Congorock, Above & Beyond, and many more.

To prepare for the good times, a number of people crafted their ideal Creamfields playlist, including Rdio user Tim Hardaker and Rdio influencer inthemix, whose playlist you can listen to below. Want more inspiration? Make your own playlist — that way, Creamfields or not, you’re covered for music for the next two weekends.

∞  04/25/2012 — 5:44PM

Events

Vice Presents the Chateau Rdio Music Everywhere Party

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Rdio and Vice are together again — we’re taking Chateau Rdio on the road.

Won’t you join us? Enter the Chateau Rdio ticket raffle — RSVP on Facebook for either of the two dates. We’ll see you May 3rd at Melbourne’s Workers Club, featuring performances by Gold Fields, Cut Off Your Hands, Die! Die! Die!, and more. The next night, Gold Fields returns with Bleeding Knees Club and others to Coniston Lane in Brisbane.

Don your best dancing shoes and come party at Chateau Rdio.

∞  04/22/2012 — 4:00PM

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