Events

Music Hack Day Boston 2014

What: Music Hack Day Boston 2014
When: November 8 – 9, 2013
Where: Microsoft N.E.R.D Center1 Memorial Dr #1, Cambridge, MA 02142

Join us in Boston again for another exciting Music Hack Day! While you wait in eager anticipation for the event, why not check out the hacks from MHD Bostin 2013 and 2012!

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∞  October 30, 2014 — 9:29AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 9:29AM in Events |

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Recap: Music Hack Day Amsterdam 2014

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The Amsterdam chapter of Music Hack Day has been going strong for a while now. This weekend marked the fourth annual event, and as always, the environment and the hacks were nothing short of inspiring. People worked on formant synthesizers, web audio and web MIDI synthesizers. The Axoloti project, which was started at the first MHD Amsterdam showed off some great DIY hardware tricks, and one team even hacked together a bunch of digitally controlled actuators for a trumpet. You can check out the full list of hacks on Hacker League (link at the bottom), but before you do, check our our rundown of the hacks built with Rdio.

  • MiXTee
    MiXTee is a service concept that lets you print out t-shirts adorned with your favorite album covers them. Connect to Rdio to grab your favorite playlist, use the MiXTee editor to organize the album art on your shirt, and click “Go” to have a t-shirt printing company print and mail you your shirt. The back of the shirt also has a QR code to point people you encounter on the street over to your playlist. Winner, best use of the Rdio API

  • lyrics sun burst
    A mashup between Rdio and musiXmatch, Lyrics Sunburst provides a new way to visualize the lyrics to whatever you’re listening to at the moment. Verses and stanzas are organized radially in a sunburst, while the current line shows on the right.

  • Epic Shuffle
    Have you ever wished you could shuffle Rdio’s entire catalog? Well, you’re in luck, because Epic Shuffle is an iPhone app that does exactly that! Using a cryptographically safe random number generator, the app pumps out a completely random stream of tracks, with absolutely zero guarantee of cohesion from one track to the next.

  • Linkfire
    The Linkfire team is working on a musical web widget / link aggregator for the tweeting and the blogging. For Music Hack Day, they incorporated into their widget the Rdio API for playback, and musiXmatch for lyrics.

See the whole list on Hacker League.

∞  October 15, 2014 — 12:01AM

Posted by Kevin Nelson at 12:01AM in Events |

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Recap: Rdio Internal Hack Day 10

Every quarter Rdio takes two days to let engineering and design team's creative side run wild with an internal hack day. The team builds prototypes in two days, skipping most of our normal engineering process. None of these projects are ready to be deployed but, some of these features may make it onto our road map.

We enjoy these hack days as a chance to work with folks outside our team, in parts of the code we normally don't get a chance to, and exploring crazy silly ideas.

Checkout the list of projects from Rdio Hack Day 10:

  • Rdio Scratch
    Sometimes simply pausing a track isn't enough. Add this bookmarklet to your browser and click on it the next time you're listening to Rdio.

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  • Nearby Concerts
    A new Home story that shows you upcoming concerts in your area. Lets you listen to the artist's station and has a link to buy tickets.

iOS 8 Notification Center Widget Screenshot

  • iOS 8 Notification Center Widget
    Adds an Rdio widget to the new iOS Notification Center. Displays a selection of your recently played albums and stations so you can easily start listening. Also contains a quick launch bar letting you easily jump to You FM, Favorites, Playlists, and Search.

  • iOS 8 Notification Actions
    Added a play notification action so you can start listening without switching applications.

  • Custom Homepage
    Rather than using Home as your default landing page, lets you pick something else such as Favorites, Trending, or New Releases.

  • Review Flagging
    See an inappropriate review on Rdio? This hack added a button to send the review to the support team.

  • Playlist Watching
    Receive a notifications whenever a track is added to a playlist you're subscribed to.

  • Precache
    This hack pre-calculates certain requests before they are needed. This resulted in faster response times when the user actually needed it.

  • Rdio Lite
    A fresh implementation of the Rdio web client using React, JSX, and ECMAScript 6.

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  • Rdioke
    A simple and well designed karaoke player. Search is limited to karaoke albums.

  • Logstash
    A test of using Logstash, Elastic Search, and Kibana to aggregate and analyze server logs.

  • Audio Preview
    Sometimes you want to sample a song without adding it to your queue. This web client hack lets you preview songs by hovering over artwork in Home, Trending, and New Releases.

  • Multi-select Tracks
    Sometimes you want to add multiple tracks to your queue or to a playlist. Works using the standard ctl+click and shift+click actions.

  • Soundtrack to Right Now
    A new Home story that uses your location, the time of day, and the weather to suggest stations to listen to.

  • Share Replies
    Allows you to converse back and forth with your friends when you share content with them.

  • Bandito
    A system that uses the multi-armed bandit algorithm to run tests.

  • Vagrant Up
    Launch a fully configured Rdio development environment with a simple vagrant up.

∞  October 08, 2014 — 9:00AM

Posted by Devin Sevilla at 9:00AM in Events |

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Music Hack Day Amsterdam

What: Music Hack Day Amsterdam
When: October 10 – 12, 2014
Where: Rockstart Accelerator HQ182 Herengracht, Amsterdam, NH 1016 BR

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∞  September 30, 2014 — 3:09PM

Posted by Kevin Nelson at 3:09PM in Events |

Featured App

Featured App Friday: TVNNEL

TVNNEL

TVNNEL is a music-first social environment founded on the principles of progressive music culture. Their purpose is to cultivate community, while advocating music discovery and peer-based sharing. TVNNEL extends the Rdio experience into a rich social environment by connecting people based on album collections and listening activity.

To see more uses of the Rdio API, be sure to check out our API Gallery.

∞  September 19, 2014 — 8:00AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 8:00AM in Featured App |

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Featured App Friday: re/spin

re/spin

It’s time to move to Rdio, but there’s only one thing holding you back: your precious, sweat-and-tears, hand-curated playlists. Worry no more, because re/spin can import all of your playlists from Spotify, Last.fm, and even XSPF tracklists right into Rdio. No fuss, no muss.

To see more uses of the Rdio API, be sure to check out our API Gallery.

∞  September 12, 2014 — 8:00AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 8:00AM in Featured App |

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Recap: Music Hack Day Berlin 2014

Music Hack Day Berlin just wrapped up last Saturday and it was spectacular. One of the first Music Hack Days was held in Berlin back in 2009. Given the turnout, hopefully, we wont have to wait wait as long for the next one.

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The event was hosted at the Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator, an appropriately sized venue with walls covered in what can best be called "interesting" graffiti/art. Turnout was impressive with around 200 folks, 80 of which came from outside Germany.

Hacking started Friday morning, went all through the night, and ended mid-day Saturday. Despite the beautiful weather outside, the hackers were persistent! There were a number of great Rdio hacks making the selection of just one winning project quite difficult.

MHD at 3:30am

  • Commit Beat - Site
    Looking at recent commits, GitHub user names are compared to Last.fm usernames, allowing you to listen to the tracks fellow developers were listening to at time of commit. Just click on a row to kick off playback via Rdio.
    Winner, best use of Rdio API
    Winner (tie), audience favorite

  • Augmented Shuffle - Site
    A site that crafts an interesting playlist for you and shows the logic behind track selection. Augmented Shuffle Team

  • theRdioNest - Site
    Lets you look up artists and relevant info about them- bios, listen to top top tracks, and see related artists.

  • VR Rdio - Site, Source
    Displays the top New Releases from Rdio in 3D space using Google Cardboard. Lets you jump right into an album and start listening.

  • Retuned
    Highlights the best parts of your listening history and allows you to listen via Rdio.

  • Penultimate Radio
    A custom recommendation system that builds an evolving station for you to listen to. Penultimate Radio Team

    Overall the selection of projects had a good blend of software and hardware. Along with all the APIs available folks brought their own instruments, a Seaboard was made available to hackers, a game made, and a number of digital instruments were created. With great projects, great food, and a great staff it was a model Music Hack Day.

    Creative Hackers

    A list of all of the hacks is up at Hacker League.

∞  September 11, 2014 — 11:56AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 11:56AM in Events |

Featured App

Featured App Friday: Shazam

Shazam

Relive your musical moments with Shazam’s auto-playlist feature, exclusive to Rdio. Connect your Rdio account to Shazam, and all of your tagged songs will be added to a new Rdio playlist called “My Shazam Tracks.” The playlist will automatically update with every new song you tag on Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, through the Rdio app.

Check out Shazam now in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store!

To see more uses of the Rdio API, be sure to check out our API Gallery.

∞  September 05, 2014 — 8:00AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 8:00AM in Featured App |

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Featured App Friday: Recast.fm

Recast.fm

Radio is a popular way to discover new music, but the experience that comes with it can sometimes be a frustrating one; one of endless repetitions, ads, and interruptions. Recast.fm lets you tune in and listen to the playlists of all the radio stations you know and love (and a whole lot more), and to discover great new music as you do.

To see more uses of the Rdio API, be sure to check out our API Gallery.

∞  August 29, 2014 — 8:00AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 8:00AM in Featured App |

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Featured App Friday: U Browser

U Browser

U is an innovative new browser that lets you control your music while you check your email, chat with friends or read the news. With Rdio’s app on U, you can pull up your favorite music on Rdio.com, and take it with you as you keep browsing. Volume control, album artwork, and play/pause/skip buttons are always right where you want them. It's called CrossOver™ browsing, and once you experience it you’ll never look back.

Check out the U Browser now!

To see more uses of the Rdio API, be sure to check out our API Gallery.

∞  August 22, 2014 — 8:00AM

Posted by Rebecca Stecker at 8:00AM in Featured App |