February 2014

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SXSW Music Hackathon Championship

What: SXSW Music Hackathon Championship
When: March 12 – 13, 2014
Where: Salon D-E @ Hilton Austin Downtown500 East 4th Street, Austin, TX

The event will take place Wednesday and Thursday at the Hilton Austin Downtown. The award ceremony will take place Friday evening at a separate location. See the SXSW Music Hackathon Championship website for complete details.

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Recap: Penn Apps

Last weekend, Rdio attempted to attend our first ever Penn Apps. In the wake of a great time at HackRU in the fall, we were looking forward to participating in our second college hackathon. Unfortunately, our travel plans were thwarted by snowstorms, so while we still sponsored the event, we were unable to be there in person. Nevertheless, the student hackers at Penn Apps made some pretty cool apps with the Rdio API!

  • Moosic
    Moosic uses the uClassify Mood API to analyze your recent Facebook status updates to generate a playlist that matches your mood. Winner, best use of Rdio API

  • Vemote
    Use your voice and your iPhone to pick songs to play on Rdio, or videos to watch on YouTube with Vemote. The hack made use of the wit iOS SDK for voice recognition, and then plays your requested music or videos in a browser window on your computer.

  • Emacs Google Now
    A pretty nifty plugin for emacs users that lets them access and update their Google Calendar. Incidentally, the plugin also lets you toggle playback for Rdio!

  • Jukify
    This is a neat twist on a theme we've seen a lot recently: the party playlist. Jukify solves the problem by looking at the Facebook likes of all of the guests at your party and comes up with a playlist that will make everybody happy.

  • Prtio - Site
    Prtio is a different take on the party playlist, but one that we've seen at other hackathons. Combining Twilio and Rdio (and staying with the -io suffix), Prtio helps provide the soundtrack to your party by letting your guests text message an artist and a song to add the song to the playlist.

  • RunnerDJ
    RunnerDJ is an iteration of a different theme we've seen at Music Hack Days: tempo based music selection to match your running cadence. RunnerDJ is an iOS app with buttons to increase or decrease the tempo, and has a settings feature that lets you filter which genres of music you might get.

From the sounds of it, Penn Apps was a great event, and we hope to be there in person next time. A complete list of the Penn Apps hacks over on ChallengePost.

iOS SDKReleases

iOS SDK v1.3.6

Today we've updated the Rdio iOS SDK to version 1.3.6. The update includes the following changes

  • Fix status bar using parent VC's preferred status bar settings. (issue #99)
  • Handle unstreamable tracks correctly when pre-buffering. (issue #112)
  • Calling previous while playing the first track now causes playback to stop. (Previously it was a NOP)
  • Fix CPU spike issue. (issue #113)

The latest release is available at http://www.rdio.com/media/static/developer/ios/rdio-ios.tar.gz.

Check out the iOS SDK documentation for more info, and drop us a line on our Google Group if you have any questions.

Happy hacking!


PennApps Spring 2014

What: PennApps Spring 2014
When: Feburary 14 – 16, 2014
Where: University of PennsylvaniaTowne Building @ University of Pennsylvania

This weekend we'll be in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania for PennApps, the premier college hackathon in the US.

PennApps is open to all students (undergrad, graduate, and even high schoolers) regardless of where you go to school. It's a great opportunity to learn new skills or hone existing ones.

So come on out, make some new friends, and build something cool on top of the Rdio API. We'll look forward to seeing you there!

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