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 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.
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.
We'll have a post with the summary from Rutgers shortly, but in the meantime, here were the Rdio hacks from Bologna:
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Play All — Site, Source
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.
Today we've launched the new Rdio developer site! The goals of the new developer site are:
With this change, we've moved the developer site to www.rdio.com/developers/. For now the existing developer site, developer.rdio.com, will remain where it is with notices directing you to the new site. In the coming weeks we will retire the existing content and start redirecting to the new site.
Maintaining the documentation on the old site was just enough of a challenge that we didn't get around to it as much as we'd like. The new system is much better integrated with our workflow, and a pleasure to use. Easier updates for us means better documentation for you!
The previous API Gallery was sorely outdated. With the new developer site, we've refreshed it with a new list of applications. We'll be working to keep the gallery updated so you can discover fun and interesting applications.
You'll still need to visit Mashery to create and manage your applications; we've only migrated the documentation and API Gallery.
With our improved developer site, we have the flexibility to improve it more rapidly. We've got a bunch of ideas, but we'd love to hear yours! Send us an email with your feedback and suggestions.
We're happy to announce an update to the iOS SDK!
Here are the changes:
-updateQueue:withCurrentTrackIndex:race condition. All queue manipulation methods are now serialized properly so that the required network requests don't create undesirable states.
The latest release is available at http://www.rdio.com/media/static/developer/ios/rdio-ios.tar.gz
With this release, we've also improved the iOS SDK documentation. The documentation now mentions the version number and release date of the most recent release. Visit the iOS SDK documentation and check it out.
The Rdio API team is coming to a city near you this fall, here's our schedule:
Despite the beautiful summer weather, Toronto's best hackers decided to spend the weekend indoors building applications at Music Hack Day Toronto. This was the first time a Music Hack Day was held in Toronto and there was a great turnout. There were hacks involving step sequencers, haptic feedback, and even a zero player game. Here's the rundown of hacks using the Rdio API:
Music Radiator — Site
One of The Echo Nest's scientists has generated hundreds of playlists that serve as introductions to various genres. This application makes it easy to listen those playlists. Click the thumbs up and it will be added to your collection and playlist for easy reference later.
Music discovery application that recommends music based on your friends and people you follow.
Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to our co-organizers from Soundcloud, Unspace, and The Echo Nest. Checkout the full list of projects on HackerLeague.