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Celebrate Placebo’s 20-Year Anniversary With A Catalogue of Reissues

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UK heroes Placebo are in the spotlight all this week here on Rdio as we celebrate their catalogue, available for streaming for the first time. Listen to two decades of the band’s success with daily reissues of their vital catalogue. Six of Placebo’s albums (all but 2013’s Loud Like Love) are back to introduce to a whole new generation of listeners. Start the Placebo party with their 1996 self-titled debut, 1998’s Without You I’m Nothing, and 2000’s Black Market Music.

On Thursday, they will release 2003’s Sleeping With Ghosts; Friday, 2006’s Meds, and finally Sunday, Covers, the latter originally released as a bonus disc with Sleeping With Ghosts.

Throughout the band’s life, Placebo has continually defied categorization, throwing off initial pegs as a glam rock act to show an incredible diversity. You’ll hear this legacy unfold over the course of these albums and through the many bands that have been influenced by Placebo.

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Beck Streams Up Almost 1000% After GRAMMY® Wins

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Last night, before, during and after the GRAMMYs®, you turned on Rdio to hear more of the night's top performers and winners, including Beck, St. Vincent and Sam Smith. Streams of Beck were up almost 1000% after the 16-time GRAMMY® nominated singer accepted his awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album and then later performed “Heart is a Drum” with Chris Martin.

Who were the big winners on Rdio during The 57th GRAMMY® Awards?

1. Beck
-Winner of Album of the Year and Best Rock Album
-Performed “Heart is a Drum"
-Streams of Beck increased by almost 1000%

2. St. Vincent
-Nominated and won 1 Award (Best Alternative Music Album)
-Streams of St. Vincent increased by 265% following her win**

3. Sam Smith
-Winner of 4 Awards (Record of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artists, Best Pop Vocal Album)
-Performed “Stay With Me"
-Streams of Sam Smith increased by 152%.

Congratulations to all the winners! From bluegrass and jazz to dance, r&b and pop, be sure to check out our 2015 GRAMMY® Winners Station on Rdio.

(Please note, Rdio compared 7 hours prior to the East Coast broadcast of the Grammy’s and 7 hours after the East Coast broadcast began.)

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Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.

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Rdio Expands to India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener,” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favourite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you. Welcome India!

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New For 2015: Jaguar and Land Rover Integration and Partnerships with DTS, LG Electronics and Hisense

We’re happy to start 2015 with some exciting partnership news we’ve announced at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, that highlights our commitment to providing users around the world with access to music everywhere they are.

Today, we’re unveiling an exclusive partnership with Bosch that integrates Rdio into dashboards of vehicles internationally through the new Bosch mySPIN platform. The partnership adds Rdio as Jaguar and Land Rover’s first in-car on-demand music streaming service on the InControl Apps platform. Users can safely interact with our online and offline features through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

As part of the initial rollout, Rdio will be accessible to Unlimited subscribers in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles where InControl Apps is installed. Rdio on InControl Apps provides a safe way for drivers to easily access popular features, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists and favourites.

We’re also extending our presence on connected home devices through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on our current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility.

Our new partnerships also extend our reach with in-home wireless speaker systems through integration in the LG Connect SDK home streaming platform for mobile devices interfacing with smart TVs, DTS Play-Fi® technology and Google Cast for audio (through the “Cast” button in the Rdio mobile app that automatically streams to Google Cast Ready speakers). These advancements add to our current wireless speaker partnerships, which includes Sonos, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook.

“Our vision is to offer every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly tuned to each listener. People listen to music wherever they are at work, in the car, on the go, and at home. Providing our customers with a simple, integrated and consistent music experience in their homes is a priority for us and one we are investing significant resources in,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. “Dedicated audio devices as well as integrating music into the TV experience are priorities for Rdio, and we look forward to introducing Rdio on each of these exciting devices and platforms in 2015.”

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New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organization features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations. Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home. An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favorites. Find something you love? Favorite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse. Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending. What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

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Rdio's Family Plan: Same Great Music, An Even Lower Price!

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We’re all about family here at Rdio. That’s why back in 2011 we were the first music service to offer a Family Plan so everyone could simultaneously enjoy Rdio -- anytime, anywhere, online, offline and on any device.

Our Family Plan provides each family member access to more than 30 million songs with individual control over music collection, You FM, stations, playlists and other great features. And now we’re excited to announce that our Family Plan price has been lowered to only $5 for each additional Rdio listener in your family . Here’s the new pricing breakdown:

• Family of 2 = 14.99
• Family of 3 = 19.99
• Family of 4 = 24.99
• Family of 5 = 29.99

With our Family Plan, say goodbye to having only one person being able to listen at a time — or having to share favourites and playlists that aren’t really your own. And say goodbye to friends wondering why “you” are listening to your kid’s music that's overcrowding the Home feed.

Keep your music individuality and sign up for family sub-accounts to your Rdio subscription here. Learn more about the Rdio Family plan here.

We’ll be rolling out the new pricing across the globe starting today, just in time for the holiday season. So you can give your loved ones the gift of the world’s best music experience - tuned to you.

In honor of the occasion, we put together this playlist celebrating the music of family bands.

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Rdio Now With iOS 8 and CarPlay Support

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Today we’re announcing an exciting update for iOS 8 that continues our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

Our latest update includes:
- CarPlay Support. We’re one of the first music services to be integrated into Apple’s CarPlay. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
- Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
-Optimized Visuals. Enjoy high-resolution images and album artwork with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

Download Rdio for iOS and try out the new features for yourself. Be sure to follow @Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our apps.

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Introducing High-Quality AAC Audio Across The Globe

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Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio. Listeners around the world now have four sound quality settings to choose from across iOS, Android, and the web. All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps. Rdio Unlimited subscribers now also have the option of listening in pristine-quality 320 kbps. Plus individually select your audio settings for a variety of uses, whether you’re using Wi-Fi or cellular streaming or listening to offline downloads.

Our commitment to sound quality also deepens today with our partnership with Bob Weir, the legendary founding member of the Grateful Dead and champion of Musicians for Audio Quality Initiative. To celebrate this milestone, we’re releasing an exclusive catalog of Bob Weir tracks recorded at the Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), his state of the art studio in Marin County, CA. The catalog features Weir as well as musicians like Dave Schools, Sammy Hagar, and many others.

Download the latest updates to Rdio on iOS and Android to start this exciting new listening experience today.

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BANKS Hosts Rdio's Artist To Watch Station

When we recently announced that curated radio stations were now a core, free feature at Rdio, we teased you with some upcoming news about the next phase of Rdio stations. Today, we are excited to reveal our first-ever hosted Rdio station.

Los Angeles singer/songwriter BANKS is our first host, taking control of Rdio’s “Artists to Watch” station. The station features music from the 20 artists, including BANKS, that Rdio hand-selected in January as the next big thing you’ll hear. As host of the “Artists to Watch” station, BANKS talks about her just-released debut album Goddess, her musical influences and what artists she’s currently discovering and enjoying.

In honor of her new album and her role as our inaugural hostess, BANKS also put together a playlist exclusively for Rdio featuring some of the artists that have inspired and influenced her. From Portishead to Alanis Morissette to The Weeknd, check out her “Inspirations” playlist now to listen to some of the artists that have had an impact on BANKS’ distinct sound.