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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

Posted by Rdio at 3:46PM in News |

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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

Posted by Rdio at 12:37PM in News |

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Get Connected To Rdio With SoundHound

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Today, we’re happy to announce a new milestone to Rdio’s integration within SoundHound, the revolutionary sound search mobile app. With the introduction of a new feature called “Connect to Rdio,” after you tag a song in SoundHound, it will be automatically placed in a “SoundHound" playlist accessed from Rdio. Along with this new update, SoundHound users will see a significant increase in the speed of their returned search results.

Here’s how it works — existing SoundHounders will see a Plus sign (+) in the results page if they have not connected to Rdio. When the Plus (+) is tapped, SoundHounders will be directed to the set-up page for “Connect To Rdio.” By enabling this feature, users will see all of the songs they identified through SoundHound as a playlist inside Rdio.

“We are always looking for additional ways to enable music discovery for our listeners,” said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "We’re excited to be working with the SoundHound team to create a dynamic listening experience around songs identified in the real world, right inside Rdio.”

This new update is available now on iOS and Android.

∞  08/20/2014 — 4:56PM

Posted by Rdio at 4:56PM in News |

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Experience Rdio on U Browser

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We're excited to announce that Rdio is now available on U, an innovative new browser that lets you control your music while you check your email, chat with friends or read the news. With Rdio’s app on U, you can pull up your favorite music and take it with you while you keep browsing. Volume control, album artwork, and play/pause/skip buttons are always right where you want them. It's being called CrossOver™ browsing, and once you experience it you’ll never look back. U is available for download now.

∞  08/14/2014 — 4:18PM

Posted by Rdio at 4:18PM in Developer App |

Exclusives

Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - Heavenly Indie Pop from Lucius

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This years’s Rdio Sessions at SXSW featured a diverse line up of up-and-comers performing exclusive live sets, with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Tensnake, Haerts, Little Boots and Ty Dolla $ign storming the stage. Now, for the first time since it all went down in Austin, you can hear the Rdio Sessions performance from Brooklyn indie pop quintet Lucius as they perform song’s from their stunning debut album Wildewoman

If this is your first introduction to Lucius, expect to be completely charmed. Songs like ‘Go Home’, ‘Wildewoman’, ‘Turn It Around’ and ‘Until We Get There’ show off lead singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe’s playful rapport and easy sense of humour. The lovely ladies harmonise beautifully together, making each tune instantly memorable.

∞  07/31/2014 — 9:56PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:56PM in Exclusives |

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Rdio Presents Stereosonic 2014 - Artist Line Up

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Rdio is proud to present Stereosonic for another year! As one of Australia’s most loved and multi-award winning music festivals, Stereosonic has delivered a massive line up for 2014, wall to wall with today’s leading and emerging artists from the house, techno, trance, bass, electro and EDM music scenes:

Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Diplo, Disclosure, W&W and DJ Snake will headline the first of the two days with Skrillex, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Showtek, Dash Berlin and special guest Carl Cox leading the charge for the second day.

Held over two weekends in five cities, Stereosonic continues to create an incredible experience for festival goers, with breathtaking production and immaculate festival grounds complimenting the world class line-up.

SYDNEY - Sat Nov 29th & Sun Nov 30th - Sydney Showgrounds PERTH - Sat Nov 29th & Sun Nov 30th - Claremont Showground ADELAIDE - Fri Dec 5th & Sat Dec 6th - Adelaide Showground MELBOURNE - Sat Dec 6th & Sun Dec 7th - Melbourne Showgrounds BRISBANE - Sat Dec 6th & Sun Dec 7th - Brisbane Showgrounds

Stereosonic pre-sale commences Wednesday July 30th from 8pm (AEST) General public on-sale commences Tuesday August 5th at 8pm (AEST)

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Stereosonic 2014 Artist Line-up:

Calvin Harris, Tiësto Diplo, Disclosure (DJ Set), W&W, DJ Snake Duke Dumont, Will Sparks, RL Grime, Peking Duk NERVO, Cedric Gervais, Cosmic Gate, Andrew Rayel Tale Of Us, Destructo, Ørjan Nilsen, Nina Kraviz Oliver Heldens, Wilkinson, Scuba, Cash Cash, Kölsch, MaRLo, Mano Le Tough, Shogun, Uberjak’d Mark Sixma, Nina Las Vegas, Timmy Trumpet M4SONIC, Tigerlily, Generik and L D R U & Yahtzel

Skrillex, Alesso, Steve Aoki Showtek, Dash Berlin, Carl Cox Porter Robinson (Live) Laidback Luke, New World Punx TJR, Ferry Corsten, Noisia, Deorro, Headhunterz, MK DVBBS, Booka Shade (Live), Markus Schulz, What So Not Joel Fletcher, John O’Callaghan, Foreign Beggars Hot Since 82, Alison Wonderland, Crookers, Jack Beats The Aston Shuffle, Route 94, Simon Patterson, Alex Metric Deetron, Kaz James, Ilan Bluestone, Acid Jacks and Nick Thayer

∞  07/29/2014 — 9:54PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 9:54PM in Events, Exclusives |

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Exclusive: Stream One Day’s Debut Album ‘Mainline’ 1 Week Early

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In another local exclusive, Rdio users can stream ‘Mainline’, the debut album from Australian hip hop collective One Day exclusively on Rdio from today - 1 week before it’s available anywhere else.

Comprised of respected Australian hip hop outfits Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride, One Day have captivated Triple J audiences with their lead single ‘Love Me Less’ since the very first spin. Off the back of it’s success, ’Mainline’ is rightly tipped to be one of the most razor-sharp and progressive Australian hip hop records of recent times.

One Day is more than a supergroup, with all seven artists coming together to write and record collaboratively. Influenced by different experiences and achievements, each artist has brought their history, personality and sound seamlessly to the album.

“There’s definitely a competitive edge to the crew and this album brought that out in us; each individual in the group knew that they had to bring their strongest work to the table. This has always been a strength of One Day, it brings out the best in us.” – Nick Lupi, Spit Syndicate

One Day will be touring ’Mainline’ across Australia throughout September. The shows will be comprised of individual sets from Horrorshow, Spit Syndicate, Jackie Onassis and Joyride and a collaborative finale hosting all seven members on stage together for the first time.

Follow One Day on Rdio and discover what they are listening to.

∞  07/24/2014 — 8:23PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 8:23PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |

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Rdio Becomes First Streaming Service To Power Full Song Playback Within Shazam

Starting today, Rdio users on Shazam can finally go beyond the preview with full song playback on Shazam. Rdio subscribers that update your Shazam app can stream entire songs without ever leaving Shazam, making it even more seamless to discover and explore music.

Plus you can continue to add your favourite songs to your choice of playlist or automatically add all the tracks you have Shazamed to an Rdio playlist.

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"We are thrilled to be the first streaming service to power Shazam's new in-app song playback," said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "This partnership helps us deliver on our promise to be everywhere music is being discovered."

This update is available now on iOS, and Android.

∞  07/14/2014 — 3:20PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:20PM in News |

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Exclusive: Stream Judas Priest’s ‘Redeemer Of Souls’

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Attention all metal fans and Judas Priest worshippers, Rdio and AndrewHaugRdio are giving you an Australian and New Zealand exclusive - stream Judas Priest’s new album ’Redeemer Of Souls’ exclusively before its release on Friday, July 11th.

’Redeemer Of Souls’ is the iconic band’s 17th LP. In their own words, “Raising the bar is consistent for us and this album hits the ground running...We feel ’Redeemer Of Souls’ reinforces our passion for what we believe in from the Judas Priest style heavy metal.”

First bursting onto the scene with 1974’s ’Rocka Rolla’, Judas Priest is arguably responsible for some of metal’s all-time great albums - 1980’s ‘British Steel’, 1982’s ’Screaming For Vengance’ and 1990’s ’Painkiller’. 2014 and this latest album release marks the 40th anniversary of the band.

The album is exclusively available for pre-stream at AndrewHaugRadio, powered by Rdio.

∞  07/06/2014 — 11:15PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 11:15PM in Artist Spotlights, Exclusives |

Exclusive: Stream Miracle’s Debut Album ‘Mainland’ 2 Weeks Early

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Rdio users can exclusively pre-stream Sydney-based emerging artist/producer Miracle’s much anticipated debut album, ‘Mainland’ on Friday July 4th - 2 weeks before it’s official release.

Produced by ARIA Award winning hip-hop legend Stylaz Fuego and co-produced by Nic Martin, ‘Mainland’ showcases Miracle’s exceptional blend of hip-hop, alternative beats and progressive sounds. The 8 track album features appearances from Kim Cesarion , Allday ,Little Nikki, Jakubi and Youngblood Hawke.

“ I am really excited that Rdio are supporting me with the release of my debut album ‘Mainland’” says Miracle. “This album is a compilation of stories, feelings and personal experiences of my lifes’ journey so far. I hope everyone enjoys it!”

Follow Miracle on Rdio and discover what he is listening to.

∞  07/03/2014 — 5:57PM

Posted by Sarah McKenzie at 5:57PM |