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!
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!
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 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.