October 2013

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Recap: Music Hack Day NYC

Last weekend we finished up our Fall Hackathon Tour in New York City for another round of our favorite hackathon, Music Hack Day. Spotify's NYC office, which hosted the event, was welcoming and friendly to everyone (even to those of us sporting Rdio shirts).

The hacks this time around were pretty impressive. Here's the rundown of the ones built on the Rdio API:

  • Crowdplay - Site
    Crowdplay is a social jukebox web app that could very well be the life of your party. Using Twilio and Rdio, Crowdplay lets people send a text with an artist/song title combo to add music to the party's music queue. Tied for winner, best use of Rdio API.

  • Here Comes the Boom
    "Why is it that when baseball players step up to the plate, they get awesome intro music, but when you get to your office in the morning, you get nothing?" Here Comes the Boom solves that problem by listening for Foursquare check-ins to your office, and plays intro music from Rdio whenever someone new checks in. Tied for winner, best use of Rdio API.

  • TuneTravelr - Site
    Have you ever wanted to listen to music from a particular era and a particular city? Well, TuneTravelr lets you do just that! Give it a city, start year, and end year, and listen to tunes from there and then via Rdio.

  • The Awesome Chart Explorer - Site
    The Awesome Chart Explorer is a new (humbly named) hack from the legendary Paul Lamere. It uses data from the Whitburn Project to populate a timeline of Billboard chart singles, the Echo Nest to let you filter the charts by genre and energy, and Rdio to play back the hits.

  • Songs About... - Site
    This hack scrapes Wikipedia to find articles titled "List of songs about [x]", where x is a tag of your choosing, and presents you a playlist of these songs to listen to in Rdio, or another music service, should you choose to do so (but really, why would you?).

  • halfstep - Source
    Motivate your fitness goals by penalizing your music listening! Halfstep is a Chrome Extension that looks at your Fitbit goals and performance of the previous day, and truncates your music listening if you haven't met your goal, to motivate you to get off the couch. Only met 50% of your goal yesterday? Well, all of the music you listen to on Rdio will skip to the next track half-way through. We were expecting the lazier listeners to stampede the office with complaints about this one, but then we realized they were too busy sitting on the couch.

  • Repetition Face Off
    Pit your favorite artists against each other in an automated RPG-style battle of repetition. This hack analyzes tracks by an artist to find repetitive parts, which it then applies to the RPG fight. As the artists fight, the hack plays snippets of songs from Rdio. The artist with the most repetitive songs wins!

  • Spotify v. Rdio - Site
    Well, it was only a matter of time, really. Put in your Last.fm username, and watch us engage in a content battle with Spotify. Though Rdio seems to win for every Last.fm username we've fed it, our understanding is that the match is not rigged.

As usual, a complete list of the hacks is up on Hacker League.

iOS SDKReleases

iOS SDK v1.3.5

Version 1.3.5 of the Rdio iOS SDK has been released and includes one improvement:

Download the latest release from the Rdio Developer site.


Recap: HackRU

This past weekend, we had the joy of attending our first collegiate hackathon in a couple of years. Not only that, but this iteration of HackRU was their biggest event to date, bringing over 250 hackers together to build more than 70 hacks! It was also the fifth and final hackathon of the Major League Hacking season.

Without further ado, here are the hacks that used Rdio:

  • SongFinder - Site
    SongFinder is the perfect tool for when you have lyrics stuck in your head but can't remember what song they're from. Sing into your computer's mic, and it'll find the song for you on Rdio. Winner, best use of Rdio API

  • Visual Beats
    Visual Beats is a neat hack that uses CV to determine how fast people in a room are moving, then uses the Echonest to find songs to play on Rdio that match the tempo of the room's movement.

  • Food for Thought - Site
    Food for Thought is a barcode scanning app that gives you an image of the food you've scanned and plays an Rdio track related to that food. You can then email the image and music to a friend using SendGrid.

  • Gravatar: The Last Twerkbender - Site
    Either an unabashed parody, a well-timed homage to the art of twerking, or a hack designed to make us all sigh at the state of pop culture (we're honestly not sure which), this hack applies users' Gravatars to twerking animated gifs, with music from Rdio playing in the background. The site also uses shake.js to detect movement from your phone so that you can make your avatar twerk faster.

  • SwiftTracker - Site
    This is the app that all of the hackers wanted to have before the hackathon began. Named after Rutgers alumnus and mentor Swift, this hack lets hackers ping mentors for help, and plays music from Rdio in the background while they wait.

As always, the full list of hacks is up on Hacker League.


Recap: Music Hack Day Bologna

The Rdio Fall 2013 Hack Day Tour has been going in full force. Last weekend, we were in Bologna for Italy's first Music Hack Day, and just a couple of days ago, we participated in our first college hackathon, HackRU at Rutgers University.

Cleaning up after the hacking in Bologna

We'll have a post with the summary from Rutgers shortly, but in the meantime, here were the Rdio hacks from Bologna:

  • songs-nado
    Songs-nado is a Google Now inspired hack that uses your current location, local weather, and a few other parameters to automatically curate music suited towards your circumstances. Winner, best use of the Rdio API

  • Tune Runner
    TuneRunner is an iPhone app that tracks your running pace and serves you up tunes based on your current cadence. It also tracks when you're speeding up or slowing down, and if you get too far off-beat, it'll pick a new track for you. Runner up, best use of Rdio API

  • Rdio on TechnoGym
    There wasn't much coding for this hack, but we did a little experiment with some help from TechnoGym, and we were able to get the Rdio app installed on one of their stationary bikes.

There were a couple of other apps at the hackathon that were planning to integrate Rdio, like MusiXmap, but didn't quite get there for the final presentations. Still, we commend their efforts!

The full list of hacks are up on Hacker League.


Recap: Music Hack Day Chicago

On September 21, the wonderful city of Chicago hosted another iteration of the venerable Music Hack Day. It was a more intimate crowd than we've been used to lately, but there was certainly no lack of talent or creativity, and three of the hacks presented used the Rdio API. Here they are!

  • Jambox
    Jambox is a mobile web player with a responsive design that plays music from Rdio and videos from YouTube so that you can listen to your jams on the go. Winner, best use of the Rdio API

  • Music PopcornSite
    Another hack from the Echonest's prolific Paul Lamere, Music Popcorn shows a dynamic genre-map that re-arranges itself based on the genre you're currently exploring.

  • Hot 100 Replicator
    Clone as many copies of the Billboard Hot 100 playlist to your Rdio account as your heart desires. This replicator was built by Rdio's own Kevin Nelson to help make Billboard's life easier when they update their Hot 100 Playlist.

The full list of hacks are up on Hacker League.


Recap: Hella Hack Oakland

Oakland's first music hackathon was held this past weekend. There was a great turnout from all over the bay as hackers, designers, entrepreneurs, and idea people descended on Pandora's headquarters in downtown Oakland. Thanks to everyone who attended and congratulations to the winners! Here are the hacks that used Rdio's API:

  • My Hood / Musicmap
    Discover music that people are listening to in your hood. As an artist, discover which hoods listen to your music. Winner, best use of the Rdio API.

  • Hogwild music!
    By analyzing real listening behavior from Rdio, this project gives you recommendations without knowing anything about the music. Second place, best use of the Rdio API.

  • Longplay
    Choose your favorite albums and this project will let you explore similar music by those artists and related artists. Third place, best use of the Rdio API.

    Create a playlist on Rdio then invite your friends via text message. Your friends will then be able to add any song by sending a text message.

  • Battle of the BaySite
    Who has better taste in music: Oakland or San Francisco? Select a mood or genre and find which side of the bay has more music tweets. Lets you play the music through Rdio.

  • Hella MusicSiteSource
    Use a map to find music from artists in Oakland and all over the world. By Rdio's own Brian Ferrell.

  • Play AllSiteSource
    Azer (also from Rdio) created a CommonJS wrapper for the Rdio JS API as well as additional wrappers for YouTube, Soundcloud, and plain MP3 files. He then created a site which can play a playlist of songs using any combination of URLs from different services.

Checkout the full list of projects on Hackathon IO.