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Rdio Expands to India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener.” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favorite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you. Welcome India!

∞  01/15/2015 — 3:10PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:10PM in News |

News

Rdio Announced as the Official Streaming Partner of AIR

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Rdio is pleased to announce it is now the official digital music streaming partner of AIR.

This partnership further cements Rdio’s genuine commitment to fostering and supporting local talent, building on the brand's existing support of the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards in 2014.

Throughout 2015, AIR and Rdio will collaborate on various initiatives that will help to promote and widen the reach of Australian Independent Artists. This will include Rdio’s continued support for the Awards. There will also be a focus on streaming the Carlton Dry Independent Music Charts every week, via AIR‘s Rdio profile.

“Rdio is committed to supporting the local music industry, not only in Australia but in all corners of the world,” said Rdio’s Colin Blake, General Manager Australia & New Zealand. He continued; “We are excited to build upon our existing relationship with the Australian independent community and assisting local independent artists in extending their reach in 2015.”

“AIR and Rdio share a strong vision for the promotion of Australian independent music, so naturally we are excited to further develop our partnership with Rdio. We look forward to working together and connecting more people with the great music being produced by the Australian independent sector.” said Dan Nevin, CEO of AIR.

Since its beginnings, Rdio Australia has worked hand-in-hand with Australia’s indie labels to profile, promote and support local artists. To achieve this, Rdio actively invests in the local music industry and continues to deliver holistic support campaigns for Australian releases, tours and festivals.

To stream tracks from Australia’s hottest independent artists, follow the AIR profile.

∞  01/14/2015 — 6:01PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 6:01PM in News |

Artist SpotlightsMusicRecommended By Rdio

Rdio Artist To Watch - Tkay Maidza

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We're kicking off our Artist To Watch program for 2015 with the fantastically feisty femme emcee Tkay Maidza.

The Adelaide-based teen has been seducing the rap-game and ravers alike with her neon bright beats and razor quick flow. Having collaborated with the likes of Night Slugs' Bok Bok, Kilter, Must Die! and Swick & Lewis Cancut, she's also dropped a few killer singles of her own, namely the attitude-laden 'Handle My Ego' and Jurassic-themed jam 'Brontosaurus'.

Add to that some killer festival bills (Falls, Southbound, Listen Out and Laneway) and a global booking deal with The Agency Group - home to hot-as-hell hip hoppers like A$AP Rocky, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Danny Brown, Angel Haze and Vic Mensa - and we think you'll agree this little lady is lined up for the big time.

Her debut EP Switch Tape is a 5 track dose of infectious brat-rap and glitch-hop-pop we recommend you listen to right away.

Follow Tkay Maidza on Rdio to see what music she's favouriting and to give her playlists a spin.

∞  01/07/2015 — 8:53PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 8:53PM in Artist Spotlights, Music, Recommended By Rdio |

ExclusivesMusic

Vance Joy, Twin Shadow, Echosmith and More Artists Choose Their Favourite Songs of 2014

It’s time to recap the top tunes of the year, and who better to share their obsessions than the artists themselves? We asked friends like Vance Joy, Echosmith, Ingrid Michaelson, East India Youth, Twin Shadow, Fifth Harmony, and Shawn Mendes for the songs that they loved so much they practically wanted to marry ‘em. The results are both surprising and awesome, a collection of unique tracks that leap across genre boundaries. Hear their highlights now in the Artists' Year-Defining Songs.

We’ll be publishing these and more artists’ top 10 album lists throughout the next week, but here are some early teasers: Sam Smith is a beloved pick from Lauren of Fifth Harmony and all the members of Echosmith; Twin Shadow can’t get the brilliant simplicity of ILoveMakonen featuring Drake off the stereo. Jack Dolan from Twin Peaks loves Foxygen's "How You Can Really", Vance Joy spends umpteen moments dancing to Sylvan Esso while Sylvan Esso loves Caribou's "Can't Do Without You…. Stay tuned for more!

∞  12/22/2014 — 4:43PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:43PM in Exclusives, Music |

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New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organisation features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations: Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home: An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favourites: Find something you love? Favourite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse: Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending: What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

∞  12/15/2014 — 4:45PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 4:45PM in New Features, News |

Music

12 Days of Holiday Stations Starts Now

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Rdio is making it sound a lot like Christmas with our 12 Days of Holiday Stations! No matter what genre you're into, Rdio has a festive station to suit you and your yuletide celebrations.

Whether you’re looking for holiday music for kids, a country Christmas or like things a bit indie, Rdio is here to help you soundtrack your festive season your way.

Stay tuned to discover a new station highlighted each day on Facebook until Christmas Day - our first or "partridge in a pear tree" station is Holiday Hits, loaded with Chrissie classics from the likes of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole.

∞  12/13/2014 — 3:08PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 3:08PM in Music |

ExclusivesMusicNews

Exclusive: Rdio Covers Re-imagine 2014's Anthems

We’re thrilled to present Rdio Covers: 2014, an incredibly fun and unique way to enjoy the year’s hottest songs. We asked a collection of our favourite emerging artists the world over to cover the undeniable anthems of 2014 - and the results are surprising and wonderful!

Among the highlights are a fantastic version of Future Islands’ 'Seasons' as reimagined by Canadian act LIGHTS; New Yorkers Oh Honey's delightfully whimsical crack at Jason Derulo's 'Wiggle' and the truly banging rendition of Ariana Grande's 'Problem' by Texan a cappella outfit Pentatonix.

You’ll also want to hear a stunningly simple take on Sia's 'Chandelier' in the hands of The Wind & The Wave and on the Aussie front, Brendan Maclean's version of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' is impossible to listen to without a smile. The Griswolds get in on the action as well, bringing an edge to Magic!'s matrimonial hit 'Rude'.

Check out all the covers in the playlist and let us know your faves!

∞  12/10/2014 — 10:23PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 10:23PM in Exclusives, Music, News |

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Rdio Year-End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favourites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honours internationally with her anthem 'Drunk in Love', which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the global charts with her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!”

With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs, albums, playlists and artists you loved the most in 2014

Also, be sure to check out:

Best Of Rdio Recommends 2014: We recommended them and now they're taking the scene by storm. Listen to 20 acts we thought would break through this year and did just that.

Rdio Staff Picks: Our hand-picked personal favourites.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:

  1. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
  2. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
  3. Rick Ross - Mastermind
  4. Jason Derulo - Tattoos
  5. Ed Sheeran - x
  6. Schoolboy Q - Oxymoron
  7. Childish Gambino - Because The Internet
  8. Jorge and Mateus - Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
  9. Ariana Grande - Yours Truly
  10. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS

  1. Beyoncé - 'Drunk in Love'
  2. Ariana Grande - 'Problem'
  3. Idina Menzel - 'Let It Go'
  4. Katy Perry - 'Dark Horse'
  5. Pharrell Williams - 'Happy'
  6. John Legend - 'All of Me'
  7. Magic! - 'Rude'
  8. Iggy Azalea - 'Fancy'
  9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon - 'Turn Down for What'
  10. Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg - 'Wiggle'

TOP AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS

  1. Ed Sheeran - x
  2. Various Artists - 100 Hot Songs Of Today
  3. Chet Faker - Built On Glass
  4. Sam Smith - In The Lonley Hour
  5. Iggy Azalea - The New Classic
  6. Pharell Williams - G I R L
  7. MKTO - MKTO
  8. 5 Seconds Of Summer - 5 Seconds Of Summer
  9. Sia - 1000 Forms Of Fear
  10. alt-J - This Is All Yours

TOP AUSTRALIAN TRACKS

  1. Pharrell - 'Happy'
  2. Sia - 'Chandelier'
  3. Milky Chance - 'Stolen Dance'
  4. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne - 'Rather Be'
  5. Ariana Grande - 'Problem'
  6. Rudimental feat. Emeli Sande - 'Home'
  7. Nico & Vinz - 'Am I Wrong'
  8. Avicii - 'Addicted To You'
  9. Jason Derulo - 'Trumpets'
  10. Peking Duk - 'High'

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

∞  12/10/2014 — 9:56PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:56PM in Music, News |

New FeaturesTips & Tricks

New Feature: Like and Reply to Comments

You asked, we responded.

Now you can start a conversation within Rdio by replying directly to any comment left on songs, albums and playlists. Or simply click the Like button on any comment if you just want to show your support. We’ll notify you when someone’s replied to or liked a comment you wrote.

We know you have a lot to say about your favorite tunes, and these new features help keep the conversation going while you’re listening, without ever having to leave Rdio.

Now available on the web and desktop app, coming soon to mobile!

∞  11/20/2014 — 2:47PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 2:47PM in New Features, Tips & Tricks |

Rdio's Family Plan: Same Great Music, An Even Lower Price!

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We’re all about family here at Rdio. That’s why back in 2011 we were the first music service to offer a Family Plan so everyone could simultaneously enjoy Rdio - anytime, anywhere, online, offline and on any device.

Our Family Plan provides each family member access to more than 30 million songs with individual control over music collection, You FM, stations, playlists and other great features. And now we’re excited to announce that our Family Plan price has been lowered to only $6 for each additional Rdio listener in your family . Here’s the new pricing breakdown:

• Family of 2 = $17.99 AUD

• Family of 3 = $23.99 AUD

• Family of 4 = $29.99 AUD

• Family of 5 = $35.99 AUD

With our Family Plan, say goodbye to having only one person being able to listen at a time, or having to share favourites and playlists that aren’t really your own. And say goodbye to friends wondering why “you” are listening to your kid’s music that's overcrowding the Home feed.

Keep your music individuality and sign up for family sub-accounts to your Rdio subscription here.

We’ll be rolling out the new pricing across the globe starting today, just in time for the holiday season. So you can give your loved ones the gift of the world’s best music experience - tuned to you.

In honour of the occasion, we put together this playlist celebrating the music of family bands.

∞  11/13/2014 — 2:30PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 2:30PM |