July 2012

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This Week on Rdio

This Week on Rdio: July 2 - 6, 2012

This Week on Rdio

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∞  July 6, 2012 — 1:00PM

EventsNew Features

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.

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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.

∞  July 6, 2012 — 10:00AM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

At Rdio Sessions: Missy Higgins

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Australian songstress Missy Higgins is hot off her tour with Gotye and back with her new single "Hello Hello" — she stopped by the Rdio HQ Penthouse for a performance last Friday. With the city of San Francisco as her backdrop, the Melbourne musician moved dexterously from the keyboards to guitar.

Ever wanted to know Missy’s favorite city to play and the song she can’t get out of her head? She indulged us and filled out an Rdio Survey. Find her answers below and view some fantastic photos of the event on Facebook.

Rdio Sessions - Missy Higgins

∞  July 5, 2012 — 1:00PM

Artist SpotlightsMusic

At Rdio Sessions: Dent May

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Mississippi singer-songwriter Dent May may have very well become a yoga instructor had Paw Tracks failed to come across the budding musician — at least that’s what Dent claimed on the Rdio Survey.

Lucky for us, Dent May seems to have a long career of funky folk beats and falsetto wailing ahead of him if his new album Do Things is any indication. Last Friday Dent May stopped by Rdio HQ’s penthouse for a soulful jam session. Take a scroll through the pictures on our Facebook and get the 411 on Dent May with his handwritten Rdio Survey.

Rdio Sessions - Dent May

∞  July 5, 2012 — 12:00PM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - July 3, 2012

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A new album by Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy is only just the beginning of this week’s New Music Tuesday. There’s also a 50-year live retrospective by music legend Quincy Jones, and of course, much more on the New Music Tuesday playlist, in our New Releases and in our playlist notes below.

Playlist Notes

  • Flo Rida - Wild Ones
    The hit-making rapper from the Sunshine State returns with his fourth album since 2008. Wild Ones includes guests Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, and LMFAO’s RedFoo, so expect a couple more number-ones from the gruff-voiced rapper.

  • Doug Benson - Smug Life
    Doug Benson’s fifth comedy album finds the irreverent comedian as silly as ever, riffing on pot, movies, and other pop cultural detritus with a smirk.

  • Chris Brown - Fortune
    Brown’s fifth album features collaborations with Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, and Nas, among others. It features dubstep production alongside his typical R&B leanings.

  • Wisin & Yandel - Líderes
    The reggaeton duo’s ninth album is another party, and guests include Chris Brown, T-Pain, and, on first single “Follow The Leader,” Jennifer Lopez. Looks like you might be on the guest list, too.

∞  July 3, 2012 — 10:28AM

MusicRdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: June 2012

Unless you had time to listen to every song that came out last month, we’re betting there’s some excellent music you might have missed. Not to worry — the monthly Rdio Recommends playlist is here to help.

Rdio Recommends: June 2012 features all the tunes we here at Rdio felt didn’t get their due in the month of June. Check it out below and let us know what you think by reviewing the playlist on Rdio. What were we missing?

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  July 2, 2012 — 10:17AM