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Rdio Presents Ed Sheeran 2015 Australian & New Zealand Tour

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Everyone’s favourite ginger haired singer-songwriter will be returning to our shores for his biggest tour to date!

Ed Sheeran will be performing in arenas across Australia and New Zealand in March and April 2015, becoming the first musician in twenty years to undertake a headline national arena tour completely solo - accompanied on stage by only a loop pedal, his trusty acoustic guitar and his catalogue of hit songs.

In good news for fans, everyone has an equal opportunity to score the best seats in the house - tickets to the entire tour will be available for the same price - $99 (+fees).

This will be his fourth visit down under in as many years - All six shows on his first headline tour in 2012 sold out straight away and his return in 2013 received a similar reaction with additional shows added rapidly to meet demand.

Ed’s latest album ‘x’ - featuring lead single ‘Sing’ and it’s biting follow up ‘Don’t’ - is a world-wide smash, having debuted at #1 in twelve countries, including Australia and New Zealand.

With the triple talent of intuitive songwriting, infectious charisma and hip hop flow, it’s a sure bet these shows will sell out fast, so make sure you get in quick!

Tickets go on sale from 10am, Thursday October 2nd, click here for all the information.

UPDATE 1/9 - Due to massive demand, second shows have been added in Sydney (on Wednesday 25th March), Melbourne (on Sunday 29th March) and Brisbane (on Saturday 21th March).

UPDATE 2/9 - With shows selling out upon announce, third shows have been added in Sydney (on Thursday 26th March) and Melbourne (on Monday 30th March) as well as a second show in Adelaide (on Thursday 2nd April).

UPDATE 10/9 - A third Brisbane date has been confirmed for Sunday 22 March at Brisbane’s Riverstage and a second concert will take place on Sunday 5 April at Perth Arena.

Friday 20th March, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd March - BRISBANE - Riverstage (All Ages)

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th March - SYDNEY - QANTAS Credit Union Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th March, Monday 30th March - MELBOURNE - Rod Laver Arena (All Ages)

Wednesday 1st April & Thursday 2nd April - ADELAIDE - AEC Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April - PERTH - Perth Arena (All Ages)

Wednesday 8th April - CHRISTCHURCH - Horncastle Arena (All Ages)

Friday 10th April - WELLINGTON - TSB Bank Arena (All Ages)

Saturday 11th April - AUCKLAND - Vector Arena (All Ages)

∞  09/24/2014 — 3:06AM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:06AM in Artist Spotlights, Events, Exclusives |

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - Strange Talk

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The next exciting and exclusive live recording in our Rdio Sessions series comes from Aussie electro pop charmer’s Strange Talk.

The Melbourne 4 piece are all about combining indie sensibilities with EDM beats - crisp summer-inspired sounds packed full of shimmering synths and pulsing pop vibes. Says front man Stephen Docker, ”It’s odd; you’ve got a classically trained violinist, a dance producer with a DJ background and two funk/soul musicians. It’s weird how it all gels together, but that’s the unique flavour of Strange Talk.”

Recorded in Austin at SXSW earlier this year, the band performed a mix of tracks from their buzz-worthy debut EP Strange Talk - ’Is It Real?’ and ’Eskimo Boy’ - as well as their debut LP Cast Away - ’Climbing Walls’ and title track ’Cast Away’.

There’s even more Rdio Sessions to come, until then, you can listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

Also, follow Strange Talk on Rdio to see what music they’re listening to and loving.

∞  09/22/2014 — 6:29PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:29PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |

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BANKS Hosts Rdio’s Artist To Watch Station

When we recently announced that curated radio stations were now a core, free feature at Rdio, we teased you with some upcoming news about the next phase of Rdio stations. Today, we are excited to reveal our first-ever hosted Rdio station.

Los Angeles singer/songwriter BANKS is our first host, taking control of Rdio’s Artists To Watch Station. The station features music from the 20 artists - including BANKS - that Rdio hand-selected in January as the next big thing you’ll hear. As host of the Artists To Watch Station, BANKS talks about her just-released debut album ’Goddess’, her musical influences and what artist’s she’s currently discovering and enjoying.

In honor of her new album and her role as our inaugural hostess, BANKS has also put together a playlist exclusive for Rdio featuring some of the artists that have inspired and influenced her, including Portishead, Alanis Morissette and The Weeknd. Check out her Inspirations playlist now and listen to some of the artists that have had an impact on BANKS’ distinct sound.

∞  09/16/2014 — 4:00PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:00PM in Music, New Features |

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Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - The 1975

Rdio brings you another exciting and exclusive live recording from our Rdio Sessions series, this time from enigmatic English indie rockers The 1975.

Recorded in Sydney earlier this year, the band laid down three alluring acoustic performances of tracks from their stunning self-titled debut album - the lust, intoxication and unabashed gritty modern youth-laden ’The 1975’.

Critics have long been bemused and thrlled by the Manchester four-piece and their amorphous drifts between brooding alt-rock, crisp electronica, dancefloor R&B and 80’s gloss pop. ”I Don’t think it’s confusing,” says lead singer Matty Healy, ”Feeling a lack of identity and the searching within oneself to acquire a real understanding of what you want to be, that’s something that loads of people can connect with. It’s so strange that with music people want so many rules.”

The band strip things right back with this Rdio Session, the acoustic renditions really showcasing the heart and soul of their tracks ‘Chocolate’, ’Sex’ and ’Is There Somebody Who Can Watch Over You’ as well as Matty’s street-smart yet vunerable vocals.

We’ve got even more installments of Rdio Sessions on the way for your ears; in the meantime, listen to our Rdio Sessions Station to hear more recordings from this exclusive live series.

∞  09/15/2014 — 6:01PM

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Exclusive: Stream Lowell’s Album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’

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In another exclusive, Rdio users can stream ‘We Loved Her Dearly’, the debut album from Canadian songstress Lowell exclusively on Rdio before it’s available anywhere else.

Lowell is like dynamite - ferocious, unrelenting and determined. Her honest and heartfelt debut EP ‘I Killed Sarah. V’ garnered the attention of fans and critics alike.

‘We Loved Her Dearly’ picks up where ‘I Killed Sarah. V’ left off, challenging gender conventions and inspiring freedom from social limitations; brilliantly blending deliriously catchy melodies and feminist punk gender politics. Lowell’s refreshingly rebellious approach is what stands her unique brand of sophisticated synth-infused pop apart from the rest.

Follow Lowell on Rdio and discover what she’s listening to.

∞  09/14/2014 — 5:06PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:06PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |

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Rdio Presents St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015 - Dates & Locations Announced

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Rdio is proud to present St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for another year! The Laneway Festival - which turned 10 this year - has just announced the 2015 Australasian festival dates and venue details.

In 2015, the festival returns to New Zealand and five Australian cities. An urban music experience like no other, the [Laneway Festival][2] continues to define itself by its creative collabs (food, markets, local art and more) and A+ line-up.

The full festival line-up will be announced at 9AM on Thursday 2 October - In the meantime, get in a Laneway-state-of-mind with a recap of 2014’s amazing line up.

AUCKLAND: MONDAY 26 JANUARY - SILO PARK

This urban pocket will dish up a day to remember as punters take in music between the Waitemata Harbour and towering Silos. There's plenty of gems back for another year, including The Vivian, fresh local markets and the Thunderdome in Silo Seven.

BRISBANE: SATURDAY 31 JANUARY - BRISBANE SHOWGROUNDS, BOWEN HILLS (16+)

Brisbane Laneway punters are going to be thrilled: the festival will be held on a Saturday for the first time in six years. Plus it’s moving to a completely new, more spacious part of the RNA grounds. Same convenient location: new, improved look and feel. The festival will showcase an impressive line-up of local artistic talent, turning the venue into a creative celebration of both music and the arts. Brisbane Laneway will be open to punters 16 years and older for the first time.

SYDNEY: SUNDAY 1 FEBRUARY - SYDNEY COLLEGE OF THE ARTS (SCA), ROZELLE

Laneway’s long-time home at the SCA in Rozelle combines the natural beauty of Callan Park with the historic sandstone of the College. The addition of two main stages to the natural amphitheatre worked a treat last time and we welcome back the SCA artists who enhanced the site with their work, along with some of the city’s finest food vendors.

ADELAIDE: FRIDAY 6 FEBRUARY - HARTS MILL, PORT ADELAIDE (16+)

After its successful debut in 2014, Laneway returns to the historic site at Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, where an industrial space meets the stunning waterfront of the Port River. The festival promises more grass, incredible food and more shade as it continues to step up the grade at this gorgeous venue. Adelaide will also welcome those aged 16 years and older for the very first time.

MELBOURNE: SATURDAY 7 FEBRUARY - FOOTSCRAY COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE (FCAC) AND THE RIVER’S EDGE

FCAC and the River’s Edge is the now long-running venue for the spiritual home of the Laneway Festival. Sit on the grass and catch the breeze as you watch the bands on the Amphitheatre Stage or down by the Dean Turner stage on the water. Stellar amenities plus an extravagant Food Village will also feature.

FREMANTLE: SUNDAY 8 FEBRUARY - ESPLANADE RESERVE AND WEST END

This year's move from Perth to Fremantle’s historic West End and Esplanade Reserve was a good idea. There’s a more free flowing space, with pop up restaurants, food stalls and markets helping create the perfect setting for a summer music festival. Watch your favourite artists underneath the giant Norfolk Pines of the Reserve and catch a ride on the resident ferris wheel to take in the stunning views over both the city and the harbour.

∞  09/08/2014 — 10:38PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:38PM in Events, Exclusives |

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Rdio Presents Sam Smith ‘In The Lonely Hour’ Australian Tour

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His soulful voice has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, now baby-faced crooner Sam Smith is set to bring his highly anticipated In The Lonely Hour tour to Australia in April/May 2015!

Sam Smith first announced himself to the world as the distinct guest vocalist on Disclosure’s chart-scorching breakthrough track Latch. He then featured on Naughty Boy’s number 1 hit single La La La, amassing a monumental 400 million views on Youtube and counting.

In July of last year, Smith released the Nirvana EP. A unique fusion of soul and pop, the EP showcased both his breathtaking vocal abilities and adeptly melancholic lyricism. Anticipation had reached fever pitch by the time he released his debut album In The Lonely Hour and boy, did he deliver. An astonishing debut that is equal parts heartbreaking and stirring, In The Lonely Hour has already gone Gold in Australia, debuting at #2 on the ARIA Albums Chart and has spawned three hit singles to date - Money On My Mind, Stay With Me and I’m Not The Only One.

Live and on-stage Sam Smith is a force of nature. His tour of Australia next April and May is set to be some of the most talked about performances of 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Tickets go on sale Monday September 15th, click here for all the information.

Saturday 25th April - BRISBANE - Riverstage (All Ages)

Monday 27th April - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)

Tuesday 28th April - SYDNEY - Hordern Pavilion (All Ages)

Thursday 30th April - MELBOURNE - Margaret Court Arena (All Ages)

Friday 1st May - ADELAIDE - AEC Theatre (All Ages)

Monday 4th May - PERTH - HBF Stadium (All Ages)

∞  09/07/2014 — 4:00PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:00PM in Artist Spotlights, Events, Exclusives |

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The Renaissance of Music Collecting

By Marc Ruxin

I was six when I first fell for music. I raided my parent’s record collection, skipped the classical records, didn’t quite understand jazz or blues, but fell hard for The Beatles. Although it was the music that made me smile, it was also the act of pulling the record from the sleeve, admiring the art, reading the song titles, cleaning the vinyl, and dropping the needle on the record that was very much part of the fun.

As it turned out, this was not a passing phase. I’d listen to the radio to fall asleep. It was the mid-70’s so the commercial music on the radio was what we now describe as classic rock, with a heavy dose of disco. By the time I was 12, I would begin to spend my hard earned allowance on records. Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Styx, Foreigner, Wings, Billy Squire, The Police, The Who, Ozzy Osborne - it was pretty obvious stuff I suppose, even though some of it didn’t endure the test of time. In the 7th grade, a buddy with cool older brothers, played me a cassette called “This Are Two Tone.” My mind was blown initially by the stark black and white mod cover art, but then I listened to the music. It was on that tape that I discovered The Specials, The Selector, Madness and finally The English Beat. My life was changed by rock and roll. The next day I raided my piggy bank and bought all the records I could find by the artists on the compilation.

I was hooked. I begged my parents to get me a subscription to Rolling Stone, and then Spin, and a few years later Option Magazine. I clipped out album reviews, band photos, and hung them on the cork wall in my bedroom next to the posters that came from the various albums: Devo, Wings, Rush. The first thing I did when I turned 16 and got my drivers license was drive to Cleveland to buy records. For the next 20 years I frittered away most of my allowance or paychecks, and much of my free time, milling through bins of records and CDs building a massive collection of life-changing music.

But at some point in the early 2000’s I started buying digital albums, primarily from eMusic and then eventually from Amazon or directly from artist sites. I never liked the DRM on iTunes, and so I steered clear of Apple as a music store. I stopped going to Amoeba Music music every weekend, Kim’s Video in NYC closed, and slowly but surely a huge part of my lifelong obsession collecting physical music ended. Option Magazine was long gone, Rolling Stone had become a magazine about politics and celebrity photos, and Spin had long lost its focus. I now bought external hard-drives and spent an ungodly amount of time digitizing CDs, scrubbing the messy metadata and multiple copies of albums digitized at various bit rates. Then Napster happened, and the music business was turned on its head. It became easier to steal music than to buy it. I never bought into file sharing, because after all if artists couldn’t make a living making music, there wouldn’t be as many artists trying to make music. I was trying to do my part in a very small way, so I continued as a small patron buying tracks and albums.

There were no more beautiful double albums, liner notes, and song lyrics. There was no more flipping of albums, browsing through walls of CDs in search of the perfect album. It was more about accumulating digital bits on increasingly small and slick drives. But then came the iPod. The Walkman and headphone culture had been largely dead for eons, but these digital files could now be consumed on these small sleek devices. Tiny white headphones became a fashion accessory, and collecting music started to get interesting again.

But then something amazing happened. Online music services started to emerge. There was Pandora, Rhapsody, Mog, iMeem and eventually Spotify, Soundcloud and Rdio. Initially they were web services because mobile devices weren’t sophisticated enough to handle the software, and there wasn’t enough storage to take advantage of the promise of “renting” infinite amounts of music. Broadband signals were weak so streaming was often challenging. But then came the iPhone and the app store, and the companies that survived built apps, and the labels started to allow for the legal streaming of music to phones and computers. Companies like Sonos made it easy to stream files from central archives, and eventually blue tooth devices like the Jambox made it easy to push music over Bluetooth to compact devices.

The magazines of old were replaced by wonderful blogs like Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Aquarium Drunkard, and Hipster Runoff. Artists could now release singles, covers and EPs immediately, and ride the hype cycle into instant stardom. Distribution was becoming increasingly influenced by artists, and these new platforms made being a music collector so much more immediate, accessible and inexpensive.

In the old days, you needed to be rich, or content being poor to be a great collector. Albums, CDs and cassettes were expensive relative to today’s $10 a month subscription service. For less than the cost of one downloaded album on iTunes or Amazon, you can have over 30M tracks available online or offline, on the web or your phone, played through a stereo, or computer or tablet. Instead of having to commit to buying something on a whim that might suck, you can easily test drive a song or an album at no additional cost. Had this option been available to me as a teenager, I would have saved literally thousands of dollars a year. Instead of buying magazine subscriptions, I can read reviews, watch live concerts and videos for free.

Discovery is also considerably easier. You now have social features that prompt you when there are new releases and highlights popular music across your social graph accessible in a single click. After all people turn people onto music and that will never change. Things like bios, photos, and social media are integrated into these services, reducing the endless trolling for the right reviews, or buried diamonds in the new release rough. Now you can have most of the music ever recorded complete with all the context (reviews, ratings, etc.) delivered over the Internet to whatever device you happen to be on.

The act of collecting has become more about consuming and connecting. The times they are a changin’.

At Rdio we have built what I would argue is the most comprehensive service available to give music lovers music any way they want it. Songs, albums, playlists and starting today radio stations built around you. From algorithmically generated stations that can be initiated with a song or artist, to fully curated stations based on mood or genre, to personal stations where people can listen to other people’s recent activity. You can now access all of this for free supported by ads or uninterrupted for a fraction of the cost of a single CD.

The future is now. Artists can reach a global audience instead of the one restricted by physical distribution and retail marketing. This is a good thing. The more listeners an artist can attract directly, the more money they can make. The more money they can make, the more artists will continue to pursue creating art.

In the end surely something was lost when the act of physical collecting disappeared. The era of “High Fidelity” is largely over. The Jack Blacks who man the counters of dusty record stores are gone. The smell of new vinyl is restricted to purists, and the hand printed zines of old are all but extinct. The walls of records and CD’s have disappeared from apartments and houses, but now these private collections can be shared with the world in pint-sized digital images.

Collecting music is now a democratic, global endeavor. You don’t have to live in hip cities to access limited edition music. You don’t have to be rich to afford the pursuit. Nearly everything is available to anyone with a smartphone or computer. Music is, after all, one of the world’s most creative inventions. It is highly local, yet massively global. After years of trying to build a model where both consumers and artists win, we are finally at the beginning of something amazing. Technology has caught up, and the business of music has finally entered a safe and exciting time.

I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a company that built a business specifically to bring music to everybody, wherever they are and no matter what music they like. In the immortal words of Bob Marley “where there is a will, there is always a way.” It has been a long journey, but today the song doesn’t remain the same, but then again it does … only differently.

Marc Ruxin is the COO of Rdio.

∞  09/04/2014 — 8:18PM

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Music Sounds Better With You

By Joe Armenia

Rdio has always focused on giving music fans the best access to the artists they love while also coming up with new ways for them to discover their next new favourites. The promise of discovery through people has always been paramount at Rdio, and we get really excited when we get to facilitate the process. Creating platforms and programs that showcase not only the superstar artist releases but also the most obscure albums from artists we think need to be heard is a privilege, and we take it seriously.

Today, we advance that promise another great leap with the introduction of our free stations-first offering, creating even more exciting opportunities for you to connect with tastemakers and artists who feel exactly the same way about connecting people and music.

As a diehard music fan, it’s always fascinating to know what music my favourite artists or personalities are listening to. Now, you can turn to some of the influencers and tastemakers you trust most to serve up some new music. Stations from our friends at Nova FM, Famous Weekly and Hype Machine will give you a good earful of what they’ve got in rotation for their audiences. Or if you’d rather, check out stations programmed by local Aussie artists, have a go with 360 or Alpine or even Horrorshow. You can even play stations programmed by celebs like Lara Bingle or cultural brands like The ARIAs. The listening possibilities are endless, with stations curated by everyone from electro legends The Presets to – just in time for New York Fashion Week - the always fashionable Marc Jacobs International and tons more. Look for the Tastemakers section on the Browse tab and dive in.

What’s insanely exciting about these stations is that it’s really just the beginning. We have the opportunity to create hosted Rdio stations, so your connection to your favorite artist or celebrity can be much more personal. Watch this space next week for news on our first-ever hosted station.

And the announcements aren’t over yet. To celebrate all the great new Rdio features, we’re rolling out a slew of Rdio Sessions over the next few weeks.Continuing the ongoing series of unique, intimate recorded performances hand-picked by and exclusive to Rdio, we’re introducing 2 new sets today: hot country duo Dan + Shay (our first country Session!) and Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club.

These sets will be joined in the coming weeks by Rdio Sessions from an amazing lineup of artists: The 1975, Daughtry, Switchfoot, SOHN, Haerts, Strange Talk, Jon Pardi, Little Boots and Tensnake, our first original DJ Session. Can’t get enough of these amazing, intimate recordings? Tune into the Rdio Sessions station (you knew I was going to say that) to catch up on all of the great music in the Rdio Sessions vaults.

Joe Armenia runs Rdio’s music team and influencer programs. Follow Joe on Rdio.

∞  09/04/2014 — 3:46PM

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Come As You Are: An Evolved Rdio for Every Kind of Listener

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By Chris Becherer

A great music service should let you listen any way you want. Sometimes, like when you’re driving or hosting friends, that means “turning on the radio” and letting the service do the work. Other times, you want complete control of what you’re hearing, such as when a new album drops from your favourite band or when a friend shares a song with you that you need to hear, right now.

No streaming music service has successfully combined these listening experiences. Music fans have been forced to go to different services for “lean-back listening” (radio stations) and “on-demand listening” (albums, songs, and playlists). This is an unnecessary hassle, and it cheats you out of having one service really get to know your music taste.

Today, we’re rolling out a significant update on iOS, Android, web, and Roku that for the first time pairs a first-class stations experience with a first-class on-demand experience — along with a suite of new features that seamlessly integrates the two and personalises the entire service around you. It’s an evolved Rdio, tuned to you and your unique way of loving music, and we’re thrilled to finally share it with you.

Free radio, front and centre

Last year, we added the Stations section to Rdio, along with the ability to start a wide variety of endless stations based on artists, songs, albums, playlists, genres — even record labels. We also introduced You FM, a station that takes into account everything we know about you — what you’ve listened to, what you’ve told us you liked, even what you Like on Facebook — to create a truly personalised listening experience. You can listen to your own You FM, or tune into the You FM station of a friend or tastemaker like Famous Magazine or the ARIA Music Awards. You FM quickly became one of our most popular features.

Today, we are doubling down on lean-back listening and moving stations to the forefront of the Rdio experience. After downloading the app and signing up in a few simple steps, new users will immediately start listening to a free radio station based on their favourite artist, with no trials to start or paywalls to navigate. From there, they will have access to all the various station types we offer, each drawing on the 30 million tracks in our catalog. They will also be able to enjoy hundreds of brand new curated stations, handcrafted by our in-house team of experts to fit any mood or activity.

That’s just the start. We’ve re-examined all of Rdio through a stations-first lens. Rather than a single dedicated section, stations now live throughout the app. Whether in Recommendations, Trending (our new section combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts), or Browse (our new home for expert-curated stations), new users will be looking primarily at stations.

All of this is completely free to users today in 20 countries around the world with plans to roll out to more of Rdio's 60 supported countries in the coming months.

We believe Rdio is now the best free radio experience on the market. But what about Rdio Unlimited subscribers, our most loyal fans? Rdio Unlimited pairs all of these great stations with the ability to play albums, songs and playlists on-demand and offline. One of the central design goals of this update was to maintain a single app with a consistent user experience that scales gracefully across our subscription tiers. Every one of the new features we are introducing today was carefully designed to be flexible enough to benefit all of our listeners, free or paid. The best example of this flexible approach is Home, our new landing page on web and mobile.

Your new Home on Rdio

Home is the feature we are the most excited for you to try out. It’s based on ideas that Head of Design Ryan Sims and a group of designers, engineers, and product managers here have been thinking deeply about for several years. Rdio was founded on the idea of social music discovery — that the best music recommendations come from people you know and tastemakers you trust. Home is the next step in the evolution of that idea. As one beta user told us, “It’s what Rdio always wanted to be.”

Home is an evolving feed of personalised music stories that surfaces the best of Rdio in a single destination. Stories can be based on your own activity, such as “Keep Listening” — where you can quickly get back to music you’ve recently played — and “Similar to…” — which gives recommendations based on your favourite artists. Stories can be based on your friends’ recent activity, or recommendations from our in-house team of music experts, such as “Artist to Watch” — which highlights new and emerging talent on a weekly basis. As you keep using Rdio, the stories you see will become more varied and personalised. There are over 20 different kinds of stories in Home, and we’ll be adding new ones all the time.

One of my favorite stories is “Dig deeper with more by…”. It looks for albums that you haven’t yet played from familiar artists, surfacing deep cuts from our vast catalog of 30 million songs — remixes, b-sides, reisssues, etc. This morning, I discovered three gems from one of my favorite bands, The Flaming Lips, that I hadn’t ever heard — one live album, one soundtrack, and one single with a bunch of amazing b-sides that I never would have found on my own with just a search box.

Home also gives us a vehicle to highlight user-generated contributions to Rdio, like comments and playlists, in a way we couldn’t before. I follow some hardcore music nerds, many of them Rdio employees, and if one of them leaves a gushing comment about a new record, I’ll probably want to give it a listen — as long as I see the comment. Now, that comment will make its way to me right in Home, the most precious real estate in Rdio. Simply put, Home encourages conversation around the music you love.

Home borrows some of the personalisation concepts of You FM and applies them to not just one station, but the entire user experience. As you grow with the service, playing more music and following other listeners, Home will evolve and tailor all of Rdio to you based on how you like to listen. The word we keep using to describe it is “elastic” — whether you are a free stations listener, a hardcore collector of albums, or a playlist creator, Home will stretch and bend toward your tastes, suggesting music you’ll like and have the access to play.

More new ways to organize and discover

Home is just one of many cool new features launching today. Favorites is an expanded, smarter version of your collection — you can now collect any artist, album, song, station, or playlist by tapping the heart icon to favorite it. The more you favorite, the more Rdio gets to know you, surfacing music relevant to you in Home and You FM. With Trending, we’ve improved Heavy Rotation by combining it with Top Charts so that you can quickly see the music that's popular with your friends or the entire Rdio community. Check out our new curated stations, handcrafted by our in-house experts and organized around a variety of moods and activities, in Browse. Continuing our long tradition of social discovery features, we’ve created a new section on the web called People that lets you see what your friends are listening to, right now.

All of these features are available to everyone, whether you’re listening to stations for free or you’re an Rdio Unlimited subscriber. Give them a try, or learn more about how they work.

Built by fans, for fans

With this update — which includes more new features rolled out at any one time since the original launch of the service in 2010 — we’ve put Rdio in a position to be the daily music destination for a wide variety of listeners. Rdio now pairs a first-class, cross-platform, global, free experience with the best on-demand experience on the market.

Every day, the team here at Rdio focuses on building the very best music service possible. Not the best music service for the industry — but for you, the fan. Because we’re music fans, too. We get to work on a product that we ourselves passionately use every day, that we obsess over. Everyone here has strong opinions about Rdio. This creates heated arguments about the product, its features — even its pixels. It’s never easy, but this kind of passion ultimately leads to a better product. I want to thank every single person at Rdio for channeling all of that passion and hard work into this release. It’s our best yet.

We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. We invite you to try out the latest evolution of Rdio, and we very sincerely hope that you love it as much as we do.

Jason Russell, playlist junkie and lead product manager for Home, assembled this for the occasion. Enjoy.

Chris Becherer is Rdio's SVP of Product. Follow him at rdio.com/people/becherer

∞  09/04/2014 — 12:37PM

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