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Announcing the Rdio Artist Program

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We’re committed to supporting the artist community and the music industry as a whole. That’s why today we’re launching the Rdio Artist Program — the first program of its kind, offering an innovative new model for artists to directly earn money from streaming music.

Scissor Sisters, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg), Chromeo, A-Trak and Brendan Benson — already fans of Rdio — are among the first artists to join the program. Now through the Rdio Artist Program, any artist can share their music and the music they love with their followers and be rewarded for fan engagement.

The Rdio Artist Program is active in all countries where Rdio is available, and any artist with an existing artist page is eligible to join. To learn more, visit the Artist Program page.

∞  10/01/2012 — 9:00PM

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Now Accepting: PayPal on Rdio

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Get all the music you want from Rdio without whipping out the plastic. Starting today Rdio accepts PayPal.

If you’ve been waiting for PayPal to subscribe, head to the Payment tab in your Settings and select it as your payment option. Connect your PayPal account to your Rdio profile online and enjoy Rdio Web or Rdio Unlimited without having to reach for your wallet again. Now you’ll never miss a beat.

∞  09/05/2012 — 4:00PM

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Now Available on Rdio: Protected Accounts

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Rdio is all about discovering new music and sharing it with your social network. But it can also be about putting your guilty pleasures on repeat. That’s why today we’re rolling out the first tool of our new privacy features.

What does it mean to have a Protected Account? You have the power to peruse and approve new followers before they can get a glimpse of your collection, playlists, activity, and full profile. Unapproved users will simply see a lock icon next to the username and a Request to Follow button when they view a Protected Account.

Take a peek at your privacy controls by clicking the Advanced tab in your Settings. Your profile is public by default so that other users can join in on your new music finds, but hit Set Account to Protected to change this.

Now you can play all the Top 40s you want without prying eyes and ears.

∞  09/04/2012 — 4:00PM

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Introducing: Custom Playlist Artwork on Rdio

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Personalise your playlist on Rdio with one of the most popular features from our last Hack Day: Custom Playlist Artwork.

Open one of your mixes and hover over the existing artwork at the top. Click on the pencil icon to upload your own image. Make sure the image is at least 72 dpi for the best results. For those with high resolution displays, upload a hi-res photo and prepare to see music in a whole new way.

Try out the new feature and enjoy designing your own playlist cover art.

∞  07/23/2012 — 4:00PM

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New on Rdio: Notifications

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Today we're pleased to share the new Notifications feature on our web and desktop apps.

Simply click on the new bell icon in the upper right-hand corner to find out what notifications are waiting for you. The number next to the bell represents how many new notifications you have.

What will Notifications tell you?

  • You have a new follower
  • A song, album or playlist has been shared with you
  • Your playlist has been subscribed to, reviewed or updated
  • A Facebook or Twitter friend joined Rdio

Stay up to date with all your notifications in one place now on Rdio.

∞  07/19/2012 — 5:10PM

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Albumshuffle

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

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Introducing: A Brighter, Lighter Rdio

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Hot on the heels of New Rdio, we're very pleased to introduce another improvement to the Rdio apps on the web and desktop. The Rdio you’re familiar with remains but we've updated the look and feel of every single page. We've done away with the many boxes, lines, and gradients — Rdio is lighter, brighter, easier on the eye. It’s faster, too.

What do you think? Let us know what you like.

∞  06/28/2012 — 4:33PM

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Rdio for iPad Highlights: Sync, Share and Play

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You asked for it time and time again so it was no small feat when Rdio shared the big, beautiful Rdio for iPad app back in August 2011. Today, we wanted to highlight what we’ve heard are your favorite features and share some of our own too. If you don't see your favorite thing about the app listed here, let us know in the comments.

User-popover

One of the best things about the iPad is how touchable it is. Let your fingers do the browsing with Rdio for iPad’s pop-out user profiles and album information. Cruise your network’s Recent Activity, or a playlist track list. Not only that, we've heard the Retina-friendly app has such beautiful graphics, there's no reason not to tune in and rock out with your music's album art.

Synced-only

Leaving on a jetplane? Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and the Rdio for iPad app, loaded with music. If you want to see what you can listen to 30,000 feet in the sky, sort your Collection by synced music only.

Syncing-preferences

Don’t sweat Rdio for iPad’s data usage — change your Settings so that music syncs over wifi only.

Twitter-share

When the perfect song for the perfect person starts playing, let them know on Twitter, Facebook or send him or her an email. Sharing from Rdio for iPad is easy.

Perfect on the couch or during your commute, Rdio for iPad is a free download from the iTunes App Store. After a 7-day free trial, you can subscribe to Rdio Unlimited at rdio.com or through Apple’s in-app purchasing system.

∞  05/04/2012 — 8:00PM

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Now Available: An iOS Update

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Since Apple’s new iPad announcement, we’ve worked to enable retina display for the Rdio for iPad app. Today, the newly available Rdio app update does just that — see high-resolution, crisp images and album art while listening to music on Rdio for iPad.

Also in this Rdio for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch app update, play up to 100 songs on your Collection Stations wherever you go.

Hop over to the iTunes App Store and download the update — see and hear the difference in these two cool updated features.

∞  03/22/2012 — 5:00PM

New FeaturesTips & Tricks

New Rdio Spotlight: Browse

Last week we launched the new Rdio preview for all subscribers. This week we’re kicking off the New Rdio Spotlight series to help familiarize you with some new features and behind-the-scenes improvements.

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Housed on the left sidebar, let’s begin with the Browse section — with new Rdio, prepare to find music faster than ever. Easy access to both new and well-loved features can expedite your new music exploration, then quickly get back to where you left off listening.

You might have noticed that Heavy Rotation got a face-lift — discover what your network is listening to by scrolling through a tailored album display. With New Rdio, just hover over the user icons next to each album to see how many friends have listened to it. You can click the number icon to see a full list.

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Pro-tip: you can still find your own top albums on your profile page, just click your name in the upper right-hand corner.

Go to Recent Activity to check out what Your Network has been up to. You’ll see their latest reviews, playlist updates, what they’re adding to their Collections and more.

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Top Charts is still the home of the most played-music on Rdio, but now you can see which of your friends is jamming out. Sort by Album, Song, Artist, and even browse through the top Playlists on Rdio.

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Be in-the-know with New Releases. Every Tuesday, find out what came out this week, last week, or the week before. You can also click Overview to see the most popular releases from the last few weeks in one place.

That wraps up this week’s New Rdio Spotlight. Tune in next week for more tips and tricks.

Curious? New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio. The completely redesigned new Rdio is available to all Web and Unlimited subscribers.

∞  03/22/2012 — 4:00PM