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.
- 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
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.
Rather than using Home as your default landing page, lets you pick something else such as Favorites, Trending, or New Releases.
See an inappropriate review on Rdio? This hack added a button to send the review to the support team.
Receive a notifications whenever a track is added to a playlist you're subscribed to.
This hack pre-calculates certain requests before they are needed. This resulted in faster response times when the user actually needed it.
A fresh implementation of the Rdio web client using React, JSX, and ECMAScript 6.
A simple and well designed karaoke player. Search is limited to karaoke albums.
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.
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.
Allows you to converse back and forth with your friends when you share content with them.
A system that uses the multi-armed bandit algorithm to run tests.
Launch a fully configured Rdio development environment with a simple