March 2012

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: March 26 - 30, 2012

This Week on Rdio

To keep up with the latest musical happenings, like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio. Or drop by every Friday for our weekly blog round-up.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

Follow this week’s newest Influencers:

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Follow Influencer Arts & Crafts on Rdio

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Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts was founded in 2002 by former Virgin Records executive Jeff Remedios and Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew. It was meant only as a means for managing the band’s critical breakthrough, You Forgot It in People, but by the time they finished, they realized they had a platform for releasing the music of their friends. By 2005, the label was releasing music by non-BSS-affiliated bands, as well.

Today, Arts & Crafts is one of Canada’s most respected and widely recognized indie labels, responsible for the release of albums by bands such as Feist, Stars, Dan Mangan, Timber Timbre, Los Campesinos, and The Dears. Feist’s The Reminder won the Juno Award for Album of the Year in 2008.

Arts & Crafts is on Rdio, demonstrating taste beyond their own roster of Canadian and international artists. They’re constantly adding new and exciting artists to their collection, including their more recent signees, like Bishop Morocco, The Darcys, and Trust, whose new album TRST is their label debut. Follow Arts & Crafts on Rdio now for their latest Canadian and international additions, and listen to their “New From Arts & Crafts (2012)” playlist below.

Tips & Tricks

New Rdio Spotlight: Your Network

Since launching the new Rdio preview for all subscribers, we want to point out some the handy new features and behind-the-scenes improvements. This week — let’s look at your friends, family and the rest of the people you follow on Rdio.

Your Rdio Network is like a recommendations system tailored for you, by you — they influence the music you’ll see and discover every time you log into Rdio.

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Now it’s easy to look at your friends’ favorite picks. From the new People Sidebar you can quickly view Your Network, and see what your Online friends are listening to on Rdio.

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Find something that catches your eye? Hover over your friend’s name to listen along with a single click, or add his current tunes to your Collection or Queue.

Quick tip: Click the People icon to open or close the sidebar.

Who to Follow

Click ‘Find and Invite People’ to find out which of your friends are already on Rdio —you’ll have the option to connect with Facebook, Twitter or your email account directly.

Once the accounts are linked, you’ll see a list of friends from your network who are already on Rdio, but you’re not yet following, in the People You Know section.

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What about people I don’t already know?

The labels, magazines, musicians, and tastemakers you’ll find in our Suggestions section are great for inspiration, discovery, and some pretty fantastic playlists. And Your Network probably follows some pretty interesting people themselves, so you can check their profiles for amped-up discovery.

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.

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Find Nettwerk Music Group on Rdio

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Since its founding in 1984, Nettwerk Music Group facilitated the growth of the Canadian music scene by managing, publishing, and releasing albums by Canadian bands such as Sarah McLachlan, The Be Good Tanyas, Ron Sexsmith, k-os, Great Lake Swimmers, and many others. The company also aided the careers of fun., Nneka, Stereophonics, Datarock, and Matt & Kim.

The multi-faceted music group are active on Rdio, continually adding new music to their collection and promoting their own music on their New Music playlist. Their extensive playlists reflect their interest in the constantly-changing music world. For a quick taste of what Nettwerk is all about, listen to the Nettwerk: 25 Years of Music collection, or to their Best of Singer/Songwriters playlist below. For more of the best music from Canada and around the world, follow Nettwerk Music Group on Rdio.

∞  March 28, 2012 — 12:08PM

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New Music Tuesday - March 20, 2012

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A number of cult-favorite artists have new albums this week, including house maestro David Guetta, epic prog-rockers The Mars Volta, metal troupe Meshuggah, and power-pop outfit The All-American Rejects. Hard-rockers Shinedown and buzzed-about psychedelic funk-soul duo THEESatisfaction round out the new releases. Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist and read our notes below for new tunes that'll get your week going.

Playlist Notes

  • The Used - Vulnerable
    The Utah-bred post-hardcore quartet releases their fifth full-length of their emotive, propulsive tunes this week.

  • Madonna - MDNA
    Fresh off of the most watched Superbowl halftime in history, the queen of pop returns to the throne with MDNA, her twelfth studio album.

  • Dev - The Night The Sun Came Up
    Pop singer Dev’s debut album is the long-due culmination of singles and guest-vocal club tracks.

  • Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
    After a short break between albums in 2011, prolific Americana and folk troubadour Justin Townes Earle’s is back with a fifth album of his blues-soaked odes.

  • Miike Snow - Happy To You
    The Swedish indie-pop trio follows up their popular debut with their sophomore album of blippy electronic tunes. Listen for Lykke Li’s guest spot on “Black Tin Box.”

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Tune In: Conan O’Brien and the Team Coco Mixtape Series

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It’s well-known that beloved late night personality Conan O’Brien is a huge music fan — just look at his adventurous music picks on his late night show, his split seven-inch with Jack White, or his recent tour on which he played plenty of his favorite songs on guitar, for proof. With that in mind, Conan O’Brien and the Team Coco crew teamed with Rdio to present a weekly Mixtape Series, only on Rdio.

Each Monday, Conan, along with his celebrity guests, co-host Andy Richter, and house-bandleader Jimmy Vivino, will release their specially curated playlist with new songs and themes. This week, Conan assembled a playlist of his favorite workout tunes. Listen to it below, and follow Team Coco on Rdio for all the weekly playlists.

∞  March 27, 2012 — 12:23PM

This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: March 19 - 23, 2012

This Week on Rdio

Here's what happened on Rdio this week — all the news and happenings at-a-glance. To keep up with the latest, Like Rdio on Facebook, subscribe to the Rdio blog feed, and follow @Rdio on Twitter and on Rdio.

Here’s what happened on Rdio this week:

Follow this week’s newest Influencers:

Trade Twitter Music Trivia for New Rdio Access

Last week we unveiled New Rdio to the world — it’s a completely redesigned Rdio that’s simpler, faster and more social. The new interface is only available to subscribers right now but there’s a new way for people to gain access. Starting this week, we’re giving everyone the chance to try out the new Rdio in advance.

Follow Rdio on Twitter — every morning, @Rdio will tweet music trivia. Reply with the correct Rdio link and the hashtag #NewRdio for a chance to give New Rdio a test run. As a bonus, winners can also use Rdio’s mobile apps until the new Rdio is officially launched.

Come on down — win a chance to play with New Rdio on us.

New Features

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.

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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.

∞  March 22, 2012 — 11:09AM