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Music Discovery: Now Easier Than Ever

Rdio Friends

At Rdio, we’re all about helping you find new music. From Heavy Rotation to label pages, music discovery is always at the forefront of our design. We’re introducing new features to personalize your music exploration and give you more control over the music you’re listening to, as you’re listening to it. Today, we’ll walk you through the first of these updates that you may have already noticed in our web and desktop apps.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

  • Welcome to Rdio — New listeners will immediately be greeted by fellow Rdio friends (based on connected Twitter and Facebook accounts), awesome influencers, and the tunes they love when they first sign up. After all, music should be social.

  • Find People — Just like in the updated iOS and Android apps, current listeners can view a curated list of recommended friends alongside hand-picked artists and influencers to follow.

  • AutoPlay — Never again wonder, “What should I listen to next?” AutoPlay is a personalized station that plays more music similar to the last song you listened to.

  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down — We’re debuting one of our most-requested features. When playing an artist station, song station, or AutoPlay, just roll over the tracklist to vote on current and upcoming songs. Each time you click, Rdio learns more about your tastes, curating more of the music you love.

  • Start Station — Can’t get enough of what’s currently playing? Now you can start a new station based on the song you’re listening to by hitting the Start Station button on the album art.

  • New Player — We’ve integrated the album artwork from the currently playing song for a beautiful and visually-evolving listening experience. Access the full view by clicking the player button on the bottom right. Here you’ll be able to see what’s now playing and the tracklist of upcoming music.

    We’re excited for our listeners to take these features for a spin.

∞  May 31, 2013 — 11:00AM

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New Features Come to iOS and Android Apps

iOS and Android

We’re thrilled to introduce updates to both iOS and Android apps, bringing a unified Rdio experience regardless of platform. Among various UI improvements, you’ll find the following new features:

  • Find People — We believe music should be social which is why following other listeners is now easier on our mobile apps. Tap Find People, a new addition to the side navigation, to see a curated list of recommended friends and their music taste (based on your connected Twitter and Facebook) alongside hand-picked artists and influencers like Exclaim! and Arts & Crafts Records.

  • Label Pages — Just like on our web and desktop apps, you can now search for a record label and find its top albums and artists.

  • Updated Side Navigation — The side navigation features a new blurred background and a cleaner interface, making it easier to access your profile, sort through playlists, and more.

    Get hands-on with the new features yourself — download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now. Drop us a line on Twitter and Facebook to share your thoughts!

∞  May 22, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Rdio and Twitter Make #music Together

Twitter Music

A little birdie might have told you that Twitter #music launched today. We’re thrilled to be part of the new Twitter #music experience — it’s built for music discovery, just like Rdio.

With the Twitter #music app for the web and iOS, you’ll be able to see what tunes are trending, discover emerging talent, get recommendations based on your taste, and follow what people are listening to. Everyone gets to hear a 30 second preview but when you connect with Rdio, you can play the full track.

Don’t have an Rdio account yet? Sign up for free now and try the Rdio Unlimited mobile app for 14 days without pulling out the plastic.

Tweet at @RdioCA and tell us how well we play with Twitter.

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New Design Features in the Latest iOS Update

Rdio for iOS

Last month we rolled out a refreshed design to our iOS app and promised more enhancements were coming soon. Today we’re sharing with you the newest update to Rdio for iOS with the following features:

  • Social Listening — Just like in the web and desktop apps, now you’ll be able to see at a glance which friends have listened to which albums.
  • Full Screen — We’ve made music more visually dynamic by featuring the album art front and center across your entire screen.

Download Rdio for iOS and try out the new features for yourself. Be sure to follow @RdioCA on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook to find out what’s next for our apps.

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Rdio for iOS Gets An Update

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iOS users may have noticed a spiffy, new update to our mobile app today. We’re excited to share the first in a series of updates that we’re rolling out this year, all to make the Rdio experience more social and seamless no matter how you’re listening to music.

First and foremost, you’ll find the refreshed look and design makes navigation even easier. You’ll also discover new features including:

  • Long Press - It’s simpler to interact with the music. Just hold your finger down on any piece of music to share, sync, add to playlist or Collection, or play later.
  • Badges - Now on the lower right of any album art, new badges indicate which music you’ve added to your Collection (green) or synced to your mobile device (orange).

Download Rdio for iOS now and tell us what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

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Music is One Click Away with Facebook Login

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Thanks to Facebook Login, we’ve made signing up to Rdio simpler than ever.

Go to rdio.com and click the blue “Continue” button on either the Web or mobile app. This new added feature makes signing up a cinch, but if you prefer to sign up via email, you can still do that too. Happy listening, folks!

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Free Access to Rdio Goes International

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Now it’s even easier to discover new music with artists and friends around the world. Starting today, we’re extending free music on the Web to 15 countries.

If you’re a new Rdio listener, you can now sign up at rdio.com, and enjoy up to six months of free music, depending on how many songs you stream. Free streaming is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows and no credit card is needed to start listening. A meter at the top of your profile page will keep you updated on how much free music you have remaining each month and at any time you can upgrade to Rdio Web, Rdio Unlimited, or our Family Plan to stream unlimited music.

Free access is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

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New on Rdio: Search by Label

Search by Label

Do you have a favourite record label? Perhaps you love Epitaph’s punk rock outfits, or maybe you feel like bumping Def Jam hip hop hits? Now you can discover music by label on Rdio.

When you start typing in the search box, labels will pop up in addition to artists, albums, songs, playlists, and people. You can narrow down your search results by clicking the Labels filter as well. Once you’ve found your favourite label, just press Play Station to spin their roster.

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Rdio App Update for Windows Phone is Here

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You’ve been asking for it, and now we’ve got it. The Rdio app has been updated with Windows Phone 8 support.

NEW FEATURES

  • Windows Phone 8 compatibility
  • Improved online playback
  • Browse Recommendations
  • Metro interface enhancements

Head over to the Windows Phone Store and download the new Rdio app now. Follow Rdio on Twitter and Facebook, and tell us what you think!

∞  January 3, 2013 — 11:00AM

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From Rdio Engineering: Rdio Hack Day #4

Rdio engineering recently embarked on their fourth quarterly Hack Day. This is a great opportunity for the team to cook up some cool product ideas and build something fun directly into the product or outside of it using the Rdio API. We’re really excited to share a few of these great accomplishments. Think you’ve got an awesome idea for next Hack Day as well as the engineering chops to build it? Rdio is hiring!

WEB AND DESKTOP APP

Let’s start with some hacks on the core product set. Rdio is available on your web browser or downloadable as a Windows or Mac application.

Buddy System
Julia Chaves built tracking features so that you receive a free month of Rdio whenever a certain number of friends you’ve invited to join Rdio become subscribers.

OSX Rdio Notifications
Jimmy O'Neill added functionality to the Mac desktop application. When someone shares an item with you, it now shows up in the OSX Mountain Lion notification center.

Employee Directory
Jason Norris continued work on his employee directory features from the last Hack Day. An employee info section to profile pages on Rdio was added — and, as a bonus, so was a much desired feature to www.bwaaamp.net so that it can now be installed to your OSX command line.

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Heavy Rotation Hatin’
Ryan Nordman added a remove function to Heavy Rotation to eliminate albums you don’t like without unfollowing people. Manually purge certain albums from your Heavy Rotation by clicking an X button on the album art. Special thanks to Bri Hunziker who provided the icon design.

MOBILE

Rdio lets you take your music with you everywhere. Here are some hacks that were done on Rdio’s suite of mobile apps.

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Offline Search
Raul Agrait added the ability to search your synced Collection while your phone is in offline mode on the mobile app.

Location Tracking
R. Kevin Nelson added an optional setting into the iOS app that, when enabled, shares your location when you play a song by using your phone’s GPS. This data would be used by Rdio’s evil data lords for nefarious purposes — or, it would be aggregated into interesting stats on what’s popular in a specific neighbourhood of your city.

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Remote Player Push
Brett Duncavage worked on functionality to push the master player to another app — including web, desktop, and mobile — from any device that is logged into your Rdio account. No more running into the other room if you want Rdio to play on your stereo!

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Better Android Notification Tray Controls
Taylor Perkins improved the Android notification system so that controls remain visible when the music is paused. Larger notifications are implemented on Android devices that support it.

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Some of the team looked inwards and created these hacks to make our engineering team’s day to day lives easier.

Code Review Activity Graphs
Craig Kimerer built a stats dashboard pulling from our code review and bug tracking tool, Phabricator. The dashboard shows stats on who has commented, accepted, and requested changes on patches. It includes a Wall of Shame that features engineers who have not reviewed a patch in the past week.

Rdiobot 2.0
Leslie Chong improved Rdiobot (our Skype bot) by adding the ability to interact with the Skype bot and query it for information. You can now ask Rdiobot for build status or about a specific test to see whether it has failed in the past or not.

Slow Queries Graph
Matt Erkkila created a reporting graph that shows an automated summary of errors and slow queries for all Rdio’s postgres databases. This helps us quickly determine which database queries need the most improvement.

ANALYTICS

Some of the engineers delved into Rdio’s data stores and mined the information for some interesting, new insights.

Zip Code Top Charts
Jonathan Klobucar and Mike Smith teamed up to sift through our play data in order to show popular music by region based on subscribers’ billing zip codes.

Predictive Taste Profiling
Matt Crocker gathered data together to predict the kind of music people like based on their age, gender, and location. He presented a new onboarding flow that suggests music to users when they first join Rdio by using this data to create a predictive profile.

Radio Smoothing
Rob Ferguson tweaked the Collection radio station to better select songs that were similar in genre or mood. He also created an analysis tool that shows you other users who have similar Collections. Lasty, he implemented a feature that lets you save a recent playthrough of a station on Rdio into a playlist to capture the music you just heard.

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Influencer Graph
Jim Fleming made an influencer graph which shows a user’s influence score with their followers. Users received a higher score if they played music shortly before another person in their network.

Annual Retrospective
Brian Ferrell created a page of stats and graphs which showcases a user’s listening habits over the course of the last year such as your favourite artists and songs as well as the amount you listened to each over the course of the year.

API

The Rdio API enables you and other clever people 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 the Rdio service. You can get more info about the Rdio API here.

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Showd.io
Anthony Taranto and Netta Marshall worked on improvements to show data for Showd.io, their project from the last Hack Day. This web app displays nearby concerts in a grid based on your Collection data.

Discoversong
Eugene Efremov further refined his Discoversong service. It now works on Windows Phone, and integrates with Soundhound through Twitter. Discoversong allows you to quickly add a song from Shazam, Soundhound, and other services to an Rdio playlist. Test it out for yourself here.

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Collection Tags
Ian Gilman combined Rdio’s Collection data with Last.fm data to show Last.fm tags on albums from your Collection. This allows you to browse your Collection by tags. You can try it here.

Multiple 2D Collections
Scott Merritt created a web app that gives a more detailed view by album that focuses on the playlists which use the album and the album’s listeners. It also features the ability to have multiple Collections and these Collections allow you to use a 2D grid view where you can layout the album art spatially on the grid.

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Rdio Firehose
Alex Gaynor and Jimmy Krehl worked together to create a new API method that would output every song play on Rdio in a constant stream. They built in a few filters demonstrating the feature’s usefulness such as displaying the most popular song in the last few minutes, hours, or days.

∞  January 2, 2013 — 11:00AM