November 2012

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Social Studies Unveil “Developer” on Rdio a Week Early

Social Studies

With an album under their belt and experience playing shows with the likes of Tune-Yards, Wye Oak, and Lotus Plaza, San Francisco indie pop quintet Social Studies were ready to test their own boundaries. The result is new album Developer, which finds the band streamlining their affairs — more focus on texture, on melodies, and on the songs themselves, so that every idea was fleshed out.

Curious to hear what that sound entails? We thought so, so we’re offering up a preview of Developer now, a week before its scheduled release date. After a listen or two to the album below, check out Social Studies’ November 2012 playlist to hear what the band’s been blasting lately.

EventsNew Features

From Rdio Engineering: Rdio Hack Day #3

It's been quite some time since Rdio's first and second Hack Days but the engineering team gathered again to create some wild and wonderful hacks using the Rdio API. This third Hack Day produced some awesome results — ranging from social features like compatibility scores to handy hacks like playlist cleanup. Here’s a brief summary from the team of some of the projects they created.


The Rdio API enables music enthusiasts to invent great, new ways for listeners to discover, collect, share and play music. These hacks generally don’t require any privileged insider information about Rdio. Find more info about the Rdio API here.

iOS Collection Browser

iOS Collection Browser
Ian Gilman created an alternative Collection browsing view that works on the iOS web browser. It displays album art for the items in your Collection and provides a means to sort them. Selecting an album launches the Rdio app and plays the album. Try it for yourself here.

Weather Generated Playlist
Chris Beale made a playlist integration with the Rdio API and The Echo Nest data to create mood-based playlists derived from the current weather and temperature.

Ryan Nordman wrote a playlist control application. The app helps you manage a large playlist of new music by providing buttons that allow you to move tracks into a favorites playlist or delete them. The app is accessible here.

Eugene Efremov added new features for his Discoversong Rdio app built with the API. Discoversong works by integrating Shazam, SoundHound, MusiXmatch, VCast SongID, or Sony Ericsson TrackID to identify a song and connect with Rdio to add the track to a playlist. The hack was built by sending a digestible email that would then use Rdio’s API to search for an Rdio library match and add it to your playlist. Try it now.

Recently Played Artists Graph
Alex Gaynor's app graphs the relative amount of time you spent listening to each played artist in the past few days. Enter your username and check it out for yourself.

Playlist Cleanup

Playlist Cleanup
Raul Agrait created a cleanup tool that will scour your playlists for Rdio tracks that may be unavailable in your region, and quickly provide a search method that lets you find other versions of the track to replace it.

Concert Listings

Concert Listings
Netta Marshall from Rdio’s design team and Anthony Taranto from the mobile team collaborated on a feature that displays concert listings based on artists in your Collection and Heavy Rotation.


Rdio is better with friends so here are some hacks that were created by Rdio engineers to add functionality into the social aspects of our service.

Sharing Users
Julia Chavez created a feature that allows you to share user profiles in a similar way you share songs and albums with your friends on Rdio. This lets you suggest influential people that you think your friends would enjoy following.

Employee Section
Jason Norris added an employee section to the user profile data in Rdio accounts so that Rdio could double as an internal employee directory. and Compatibility Scores stores your listening history which can be computed into a music taste compatibility score. Joshua Uziel created an integration with to display compatibility scores between you and users you follow, as well as a way to recommend new users to follow based on Collection similarities.

Who to Follow Using Heavy Rotation
Rdio is even better if you follow people with similar taste in music. Drew Bazan wrote a code to look through all the albums in your Heavy Rotation and suggest the albums' top listeners for you to follow.

Heavy Rotation Groups
Craig Kimerer added a new feature to group users you follow into separate Heavy Rotation views. You can put people who are inclined to certain genres of music together. — for example, create a jazz group or bucket all your angsty emo friends together to stop polluting your Heavy Rotation!


Rdio lets you take your music anywhere by using our mobile apps. The following hacks were created for our mobile applications.

Sending Remote Control
Brett Duncavage and Adam Lickel utilized the remote control feature, which allows you to control the Rdio app on a computer with a mobile device, and vice versa. They tweaked the feature so that you can send the music playing from the device in your hand to another device without having to move an inch.

Reordering Playlist Contents on Mobile
Taylor Perkins added a feature to Rdio for Android that allows you to reorder the contents of your playlists from the mobile app.


The creations below are some handy hacks that make for a slick Rdio experience.

Log Viewer With Sentry
James Cline worked on a practical hack for Rdio's engineering team. He integrated Rdio into Sentry's log in, a tool that allows you to group, sort, and filter log messages for easy viewing.

Lyrics Display
No more misheard song lyrics: Adam Polselli, from Rdio’s design team, mashed up a song lyrics display into the Rdio web app.

Notification Toast
Matt Carroll added notification pop-ups to the Rdio web player so that you get a confirmation message which slowly fades out whenever you add an item to a playlist or your Collection.

Rdio Links in Web Reviews
Leslie Chong wrote a Greasemonkey script to insert Rdio links into web articles. When looking at music reviews on an external site, you can click on any of the conveniently placed links to listen to the artist or album in Rdio at the same time.

New Features

Artist Radio Stations Powered by The Echo Nest

Echo Nest

Beginning this week, artist radio stations will now be powered by The Echo Nest. This means that listeners can find even more tunes tailored to their tastes thanks to The Echo Nest’s music intelligence platform. Simply head to an artist’s page on Rdio and click Play Station at the top to have a listen.

This is just the first of many features coming from The Echo Nest and Rdio. Stay tuned for more developments rolling out soon.


A Week Early: Green Day’s New Trilogy Continues with ¡DOS!

Green Day

After dropping ¡UNO! a month ago, Cali pop-punkers Green Day are ready to give you the second installment of their in-the-process album trilogy. The appropriately-titled ¡DOS! is next up, and will officially see the light of day next Tuesday.

If you can’t wait that long, stress not, amigo: ¡DOS! is below for your listening pleasure a week early on Rdio.

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - November 6, 2012


If you’re into electronic, then this is your week: dance to Vitalic’s French-house-inspired sounds, or vibe out to Teen Daze’s chillwave, synth haze. For those with other musical hankerings, go to rapper E-40’s collaboration with fellow vet Too Short, R’n’B songstress Macy Gray’s new one, or the latest from power-pop outfit Motion City Soundtrack.

The choices don’t end there: read our playlist notes below for more from our New Music Tuesday playlist, and check out the Rdio New Releases for all the music released this week.

Playlist Notes

  • Rod Stewart - Merry Christmas, Baby
    The holiday season has begun with Rock and Roll Hall-Of-Famer Rod Stewart’s new Christmas album, full of his takes on festive favorites.

  • Ne-Yo - R.E.D.
    R.E.D. stands for Realizing Every Dream, as the RnB singer’s fifth album takes influence from a number of sources — the Beatles included — and weaves them into one full-length album.

  • Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension!
    The legendary rock troupe’s first album since 2004 is titled Music From Another Dimension! As if you need any more enticement to listen than that.

  • Paul Wall - No Sleep Til Houston
    The Texan rapper drops a mixtape while we wait for his next full-length. The tape features classic hardcore production: deep bass, strings, and orchestra hits.

  • Dirty Projectors - About to Die
    The Brooklyn art-pop outfit follow up this year’s formidable Swing Lo, Magellan with an EP of album b-sides from the same recording sessions. We expect more experimental goodness.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: October 2012

Now that the spookiness of Halloween has passed, there’s mostly just cold to look forward to until the holiday season. The cure for the winter blues? The Rdio Recommends: October 2012 playlist.

All of the tunes we jammed to in October are on the playlist, including the ones that maybe didn’t get the attention they deserved. Like turning a fancy new sweater into your comfy well-worn favourite, maybe you’ll find a new cherished track amongst our music picks. You’ll never know until you try it on!

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.