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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.

Toplisteners

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.

Rdiolab

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

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Celebrate Canada Day on Rdio

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This Sunday is Canada Day! That means parades, barbecues, and waving your Canadian flag like mad, all in the name of celebrating the day our colonies became the sovereign nation of Canada. You know darn well this land deserves it.

Canada Day also means another great thing about being Canadian: Goin’ to the Cottage! Back in May, we wrote a post all about (ahem, aboot) the great tradition, and made a playlist of the tunes that reminded us of it. In the name of Canadian independence, why not add another tune or two now?

∞  June 29, 2012 — 10:35AM

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Celebrate Gay Pride Month with Rdio

June is Gay Pride month — a chance for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual community to celebrate their thriving culture, and for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to join in.

We’d like your help to celebrate! Add your favorite anthem to our second annual collaborative The New Sound of Gay Pride playlist. Some of our proudest Influencers to shared their own playlists — hear what their celebration soundtracks sound like.

Get in on the action and make your own mix to express your version of pride — no exceptions.

∞  June 21, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Festival Watch: Sled Island

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Calgary, Alberta’s Sled Island music festival leapt out of the gates in 2007, quickly becoming one of Canada’s best summer festivals. In past years the four-day fest has nabbed such international talent as Spoon, Cat Power, Mogwai, Dan Deacon, Grizzly Bear, The Breeders, The Buzzcocks, and local talent such as Chad VanGaalen, Braids, Final Fantasy, and Fucked Up.

The 2012 edition, held from June 20-23, features a similarly excellent line-up: Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Timber Timbre, and Archers of Loaf, among others. For a preview of what’s to come, listen to the Sled Island 2012 playlist below, and follow Sled Island to find out what’s next from this consistently surprising event.

∞  June 20, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Dad Deserves a Good ol’ Playlist

This Sunday, Dad gets his due — it’s Father’s Day. Don’t forget to make him feel special for everything he’s done for you: send a card, take him out to a ball game, or sit back and have a chat. While you do that, bump the appropriate playlist.

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far is a compilation of songs by musical fathers and their kin: Bob and Jakob Dylan, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, and many more. Have we forgotten any good ones? Add it to our collaborative playlist above and have a very happy Father’s Day.

Still not sure what to get Dad to say thanks? If you love Rdio, he might just love it too. Give him a gift certificate.

∞  June 14, 2012 — 10:00AM

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North by Northeast Takes over Toronto

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Got your NXNE schedule straightened out yet? The 2012 new music showcase North by Northeast is upon Toronto once more, which means a lot of tough decisions between June 13 and 17 — which bands to see, where, and when? Purity Ring or The Men? Young Magic or Violens? Should you go to Brave Dundas Square for the Flaming Lips, of Montreal, and Raekwon and Ghostface, or hang out in the smaller clubs?

NXNE is on Rdio, and they’ve made it easy for fans to discover new music — listen to their playlists Go Chill, Get Rowdy, Let’s Dance for a sample of what's to come.

Of course, how you spend your NXNE is up to you! We here at Rdio will be throwing a party Friday night, where we’ll be hanging out with The Drums, Whaletooth (who we hear has a new album out soon), and DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. Then we’ll be stuck to puzzle over what to see next...

∞  June 7, 2012 — 2:25PM

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Follow Mutek Electronic Music and Digital Arts Festival on Rdio

Mutek

Canada’s premier electronic music festival is Mutek, the annual, five-day celebration of all music that blips, bloops, bumps, and blasts. This year’s edition will take place from May 30 to June 3, and will feature internationally acclaimed electronic artists such as Apparat, Nicolas Jaar, Blondes, Monolake, and Tim Hecker.

The festival doesn’t just come to Montreal — Mutek celebrates digital arts annually in Mexico and Chile as well, and is known for breaking local digital musicians. It’s easy to see, then, why the Mutek organizers have become such tastemakers, and why they’re an Rdio Influencer. Hear it for yourself — play the Mutek 2012 playlist below, and follow Mutek on Rdio to get the low-down on who’s up and coming in the world of electronic music.

∞  May 28, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Festival Watch: Sasquatch! Music Festival

He might be hard to find in the wild, but every summer, take a peek into the valleys around George, Washington, and you’re sure to find Sasquatch — the indie music festival, that is. Every year, Sasquatch! brings the best and brightest indie musicians, rappers, comedians, and more out to its four stages for four days of music, comedy, and culture.

This year’s lineup includes Jack White, Beck, Bon Iver, The Shins, Girl Talk, The Roots, Feist, Childish Gambino, Fred and Carrie from Portlandia, and tons more. Rdio users have been busy making some pretty great playlists — listen to Rdio user Brick Hammerstone’s collaborative Sasquatch 2012 playlist below, or make one to soundtrack your perfect Sasquatch! Music Festival.

∞  May 25, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Goin’ to the Cottage: Tunes for your May 2-4

The May 2-4 is a Canadian tradition. The first three-day weekend of nice weather means meeting up with good friends, packing into the car, and hauling butt up to the cottage. Of course, the place will need a spit-shine, but once the cobwebs are dusted away, it’s time for beers, boating, and campfires — and nothing sets the mood like a little good-times cottage music.

In that spirit, we’ve started a Goin’ to the Cottage playlist to soundtrack your long weekend, but it wouldn’t be the same without input from a few friends. What tunes remind you of a weekend at the cottage? What songs go over well around the campfire? Let us know by adding to the Goin’ to the Cottage playlist above.

∞  May 17, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Mother’s Day Music: Share What Your Mama Gave Ya

This Sunday is Mother’s Day — it’s your chance to show ol’ Mumsy just how much you appreciate everything she's done for you. What better way to start thinking about how she influenced your life than by thinking about the music she introduced you to?

Did your mom spin records for you at a young age? Play classical while you were in the womb? Take you to your first rock and roll show? Think about the music, good or bad, that you might never have found without her, and add it to the “Thanks, Ma” playlist on Rdio. And don't forget to tell her about it. Have a happy Mother's Day!

∞  May 10, 2012 — 10:00AM