April 2014

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J’aime la musique! Rdio Expands Francophone Catalogue in Canada

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We are very happy to announce today that Rdio will be expanding its selection of Francophone music in Canada. Over 5,000 Quebec artists are set to join Rdio’s robust music catalogue as a result of a new deal with Distribution Select, one of the largest independent distributors of recorded music and videos in Canada.

Through this new partnership, Distribution Select will make over 5,000 artists, 3,500 albums, and 48,000 tracks from Quebec available in Rdio’s substantial catalogue of over 25 million songs. Rdio listeners will now be able to discover, play, and share music from many of their favourite Québécois artists anytime and anywhere. This alliance will bring notable content from dozens of labels, joining Disques Passeport, Audiogram, Mr. Label and Dare To Care, among many others already on Rdio.

“Quebec has one of Canada’s most innovative music scenes,” said Christian Breton, Vice-President of the music sector at Groupe Archambault. “Streaming has increasingly become one of the premium ways for fans to discover and consume music.”

“Canada is very important to Rdio, as it is our second biggest market, so diversifying our Canadian content is a huge priority for us,” said Rich Masio, Senior Director, Global Content Acquisition. “Select's vast and prized catalogue and label partners will not only elevate Rdio's French-Canadian catalogue, but will enhance the overall music listening experience of music fans in Canada.”

As the leading digital music service in Canada, we are committed to offering a rich and ever expanding library of Francophone music and providing artists and music fans in French Canada a beautiful listening experience.

With Rdio, music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalogue of over 25 million songs or start a custom station. New users in Canada can sign up at rdio.com and start listening instantly for free on the web and get a 14-day trial of Rdio Unlimited with full access everywhere, including mobile. Distribution Select’s catalogue will be fully integrated and available to Rdio users by May 1, 2014.

Rdio Partners with The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir to Improve Streaming Audio Quality

Music is our passion at Rdio. We believe music is more than just a background beat. It's an expression of our moods, encompasses our personal stories, and has always been and always will be one of the most powerful and shareable forms of art.

As a reflection of that passion, Rdio has aligned with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on an initiative called “Artists For Quality.” Our joint mission is to ignite and lead discussions on inequity in streaming audio quality, and to commit to both artists and music fans to establish the highest standard of streaming quality in the digital music space.

As the initial step in this program, Rdio has begun to convert its entire existing catalog to the AAC format and will deliver 320KbPS as our new standard — without increasing our price. In addition, and as part of our ongoing commitment to the artist community, Rdio will work closely with artists and labels from around the world to continue to raise the bar higher on streaming quality where sufficient network bandwidth exists, and to improve stream delivery in markets around the world where network quality and bandwidth are often inconsistent.

Through Bob Weir and his network of friends, from music legends to top emerging artists, we are looking forward to working together to ensure that Rdio delivers the best possible audio quality option to both artists and music fans.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about this important and exciting venture.

Bob Weir announces "Artists for Quality" on CNBC, April 25, 2014.

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Rdio + Shaw Communications Announce Strategic Partnership in Canada

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We are very excited today to announce that Rdio and Canadian media powerhouse Shaw Communications are entering into a marketing, content, and promotion partnership that will grow Rdio, the leading digital streaming music service in Canada and provide Canadians a seamless digital experience for music.

“Canada is Rdio’s second largest market and is a huge priority for us. As one of the most diverse countries in the world, Canada has a rich and varied musical landscape of musicians and music-lovers, so we’re very excited to align with Shaw to become the top music service in Canada,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

This announcement follows the recent news that Rdio has entered into a similar alliance in Brazil with Grupo Bandeirantes, a company that includes Brazil’s top radio stations, newspapers and magazines, television networks and out-of-home media. “As we have seen in the U.S., Australia, Brazil and Mexico, local partnerships offer unique opportunities for growth. We’re looking forward to working with Shaw to reach Canadian music fans everywhere they are,” Bay added.

“As Canada’s leading network and content experience company, we believe our customers should have access to the best content available,” said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc. “Rdio is the best available digital streaming music experience and a great complement to our leading broadband and Shaw Go WiFi services. Our partnership with Rdio will develop great offers that will enable Shaw customers and everyone across the country to enjoy this service.”

As part of the arrangement, Shaw Ventures has made a financial investment in Rdio’s holding company, Pulser Media, Inc.

We are thrilled about this opportunity to bring Rdio to more Canadian music fans so they can enjoy our massive catalog of over 20 million songs, pick from over 400 genre stations, or create a custom station from any song, artist or label.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features everywhere you go.

Send a Raven! Game of Thrones Characters Battle it Out on Rdio

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Not that we are obsessed or anything, but Game of Thrones will be upon us in mere hours (yes, we are counting). In the preamble to this auspicious event fans of the immensely popular HBO show have gotten creative this week and descended on Rdio to create a slice of Westeros by building in-character profiles and playlists for the show's protagonists and antagonists. And we are loving it!

As you patiently await the Season 4 premiere this Sunday, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favorite Game of Thrones characters. Rdio’s "GoT" the perfect distraction — and accompaniment to your viewing parties — with these clever profiles from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Jon Snow, and Hodor of Winterfell that are stirring up the drama and laughs.

And for more amusement, be sure to read the hilarious playlist comments posted from one in-character profile to another. See King Joffrey’s sociopathic and tyrannical jab on Arya Stark’s "Stick 'Em With The Pointy End" playlist here and what our favorite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Game of Thrones, Season 4 premieres this Sunday, April 6 on HBO. Follow your favorite characters on Rdio throughout the season to see new music and playlists added from the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond the Wall.

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Daenerys Targaryen unleashes a fierce set of queen tunes on Ascending and compiles a hilarious set of Mother’s Day Songs — no surprise she’s really into dragon songs.

It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Tyrion Lannister makes it look effortless. J. Cole, UB40, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars are on hand to help him celebrate wine, women, and money on his Things I Like a Lot and I Prefer Fun Sized playlists.

Arya Stark's been kicking ass and taking names all over Westeros. Check out the music that preps our favorite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favorite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

It’s good to be King Joffrey, and he gives it up to his all-time favorite person with his Me, Myself & I and Inspiration playlists.

Our favorite handsome bastard and member of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow knows how to stay warm while bumping his Night’s Watch Slow Jamz and Just Chilln’ playlists.

Loyal servant and Big Man Hodor of Winterfell is always at the side of young Bran Stark. He doesn’t say much, but we love tha drops and big bodied, hip-hop beats on Hodurrrrrr.

∞  April 4, 2014 — 3:25PM