Lots of music plays through the Rdio staff’s collective headphones and computer speakers, but some of it stands above the rest, especially when it ends up in our Heavy Rotation for months on end. In the spirit of year-end list-making, the Rdio staff — engineers, designers, operations, IT and beyond — have compiled a list of favourite songs from 2011. They’re the tracks we had on repeat, added to our personal playlists, and endlessly suggested to friends — say, have you heard these songs?
Rdio has a solid Engineering team here in San Francisco, building features and improving our products every day. But thanks to Rdio’s API, music fans and hackers anywhere can create their own Rdio apps, enhancements and social music innovations. Starting this month, we’ll be featuring interesting Rdio API apps monthly, right here on our blog.
This month is all about Trnsmit. Rdio’s own desktop apps can already match your iTunes Library, but what about all those playlists you built way back when? Move them from iTunes to Rdio with Trnsmit.
Importing your iTunes playlists is simple — connect your Rdio account to Trnsmit, export your playlist as XML, and upload it to Trnsmit. Presto: your perfect work-out mix is on Rdio without breaking a sweat.
Welcome to the first installment of Rdio Recommends, a new monthly music digest brought to you by the Rdio on Rdio. Unearth hidden gems, auditory stand-outs, and the best of each month’s new musical treasures.
The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we like and think you might like, composed entirely of new music from the previous month — the perfect compliment to our New Music Tuesday playlists. Rdio Recommends is a guaranteed free pass for you to discover all the cool new songs, albums and musicians before your best friends — unless of course, they are listening too.
This month features 27 of our favorite songs from October. Be surprised and delighted by what’s in store, so you can interject a good sultry soul song, catchy space-age techno experiment or just a dash of something catchy into your Heavy Rotation.
For the uninitiated, the Polaris Music Prize is an annual award bestowed upon the Best Canadian album of the past year, based on artistic merit alone. An initial long list of 40 eligible albums is announced in June, and is pared down to ten in early July. The winner is decided by a panel of Canadian journalists, media figures, and musicians, and is chosen regardless of genre, sales, or record label.
This year, Rdio has joined with the Polaris Music Prize to power a series of nominated album streams called the Polaris Record Club. Starting today, August 23, Rdio will enable free full album streaming of Short List nominated albums on the Polaris Music Prize website at www.polarismusicprize.ca. Twice a week, leading up to the Polaris Gala event on September 19 in Toronto, listeners in Canada can hear the following albums in their entirety, each for a 24 hour period.
But you can listen anytime on Rdio to the nominated artists and albums, which include:
First up on the Polaris Record Club is Braids’ Native Speaker, an album that, since its release in January, set critics’ keypads ablaze in Canada and abroad. The album is the Montreal-based band’s second, and first since relocating to Montreal from Calgary. Native Speaker finds them experimenting with both electronic-based soundscapes and complex textures that bring to mind Feels-era Animal Collective. The mesmerizing rhythms and washes of sound are anchored by singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s emphatic alto, which also lends the album a sense of whimsy that is both hypnotic and catchy.
We'll continue to preview the albums nominated for the Polaris Music Prize in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, follow Polaris on Rdio to stay on top of their latest discoveries and listen to their exclusive playlists, and be sure to check out PolarisMusicPrize.ca for all award-related info.
Involved in a number of interesting projects over the years, veteran Canadian music broadcaster and writer Alan Cross doesn't show any signs of quitting. Take, for instance, his Recommendation Project: using Rdio, Cross created a number of playlists, each with a different theme, on which users can collaborate and add their own suggested music. The ultimate goal? To share as much music as possible between fans, without resorting to “robots like Apple's Genius, Last.fm, Pandora or any number of algorithmic recommendation engines.”