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New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organization features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations. Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home. An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favorites. Find something you love? Favorite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse. Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending. What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

∞  15/12/2014 — 2:59PM

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Rdio Year End 2014: Iggy and Beyoncé Lead Your Global Favourites Lists

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As this major year for music winds down, it’s time to discover the releases that stayed in your permanent heavy rotation this year. We've crunched all the numbers to bring you the top songs and albums of 2014.

Who did you love the most? The flawless Beyoncé took the top honors internationally with her anthem “Drunk in Love,” which is the most played song around the world this year. Newcomer Iggy Azalea likewise topped the global charts for her album The New Classic. As Bey might say, “Who run the world? Girls!”

Before we bring you the full year-end lists, it’s time to glimpse the future: Get acquainted with singer/songwriter Rae Morris, our first Rdio Artist to Watch for January 2015. She leads the pack of a series of hand-picked artists that Rdio will support in their rise to the top next year. Don’t miss the Best of 2014: Rdio Recommends and Staff Picks lists, our hand-picked personal favourites. With "Your 2014 on Rdio," you can find out the songs and artists you loved the most in 2014.

And now, we present Rdio’s Top Charts for 2014:

TOP GLOBAL ALBUMS:
1. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
2. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
3. Rick Ross, Mastermind
4. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty
5. Ed Sheeran, X
6. Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
8. Jorge and Mateus, Live In London at the Royal Albert Hall
9. Ariana Grande, Yours Truly
10. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence

TOP GLOBAL TRACKS:
1. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
2. Ariana Grande, “Problem”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
5. Pharrell Williams, "Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
6. John Legend, “All of Me”
7. Magic!, “Rude”
8. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy”
9. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
10. Jason DeRulo, “Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg)”

TOP UK ALBUMS:
1. Ed Sheeran, X
2. Pharrell Williams, G I R L
3. Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
4. Kid Ink, My Own Lane
5. Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour
6. The Vamps, Meet The Vamps
7. John Legend, Love In The Future
8. 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer
9. Fall Out Boy, Save Rock and Roll
10. Jason DeRulo, Talk Dirty

TOP UK TRACKS:
1. Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne, “Rather Be”
2. Pharrell Williams, “Gush”
3. Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”
4. Pharrell Williams, “"Happy" (From "Despicable Me 2")
5. Beyoncé, “Drunk in Love”
6. Bastille, “Pompeii”
7. Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
8. John Legend, “All of Me”
9. Pitbull featuring Ke$ha, “Timber”
10. DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”

Check out all the above and more at rdio.com/2014.

∞  10/12/2014 — 12:00AM

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Exclusive: Rdio Covers Reimagine All Of 2014's Anthems

We’re thrilled to present Rdio Covers: 2014, an incredibly fun and unique way to enjoy the year’s hottest songs. We've commissioned many of our favourite emerging artists to cover the undeniable anthems of 2014 and the results are surprising and wonderful!

Among the highlights to expect with Rdio Covers 2014 are a mind-blowing version of Future Islands’ “Seasons” as reimagined by LIGHTS and Milo Greene pulling a role reversal by taking on “Bang Bang” by Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J. You’ll also want to hear Lana Del Rey’s “Ultraviolence” in the hands of the mighty Rush Midnight, [Brendan Maclean} completely transforming Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," Eleven Past One channeling Charli XCX’s infectious “Boom Clap” and Miniature Tigers taking on Nicki Minaj's "Pills N'Potions." Check out the 18 covers and let us know your favourites!

∞  09/12/2014 — 10:06PM

Posted by Rdio at 10:06PM in Exclusives, Music |

New Features

New Feature: Like and Reply to Comments

You asked, we responded. Now you can start a conversation within Rdio by replying directly to any comment left on songs, albums and playlists. Or simply click the Like button on any comment if you just want to show your support. We’ll notify you when someone’s replied to or liked a comment you wrote.

We know you have a lot to say about your favourite tunes, and these new features help keep the conversation going while you’re listening, without ever having to leave Rdio.

Now available on the web and desktop app, coming soon to mobile!

∞  14/11/2014 — 9:50AM

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Rdio's Family Plan: Same Great Music, An Even Lower Price!

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We’re all about family here at Rdio. That’s why back in 2011 we were the first music service to offer a Family Plan so everyone could simultaneously enjoy Rdio -- anytime, anywhere, online, offline and on any device.

Our Family Plan provides each family member access to more than 30 million songs with individual control over music collection, You FM, stations, playlists and other great features. And now we’re excited to announce that our Family Plan price has been lowered to only £5 GBP for each additional Rdio listener in your family . Here’s the new pricing breakdown:

• Family of 2 = £14.99
• Family of 3 = £19.99
• Family of 4 = £24.99
• Family of 5 = £29.99

With our Family Plan, say goodbye to having only one person being able to listen at a time — or having to share favourites and playlists that aren’t really your own. And say goodbye to friends wondering why “you” are listening to your kid’s music that's overcrowding the Home feed.

Keep your music individuality and sign up for family sub-accounts to your Rdio subscription here. Learn more about the Rdio Family plan here.

We’ll be rolling out the new pricing across the globe starting today, just in time for the holiday season. So you can give your loved ones the gift of the world’s best music experience - tuned to you.

In honor of the occasion, we put together this playlist celebrating the music of family bands.

∞  12/11/2014 — 9:36AM

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#TGIF - Listen to Classic Taylor Swift On Rdio

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Taylor Swift has solidified her spot as America's number one music ingénue, bridging the worlds of country and pop music. Now you can delve into Taylor's library of songs (other than the album "1989"). Check out now-classics like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" from albums such as "Red," "Speak Now," and "Fearless."

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can hear Taylor’s songs anywhere, anytime they want. For those of you who haven’t yet upgraded, listen to her artist station as part of our ad-supported radio experience.

“Rdio listeners benefit from our longtime commitment to respecting the choices artists and their labels make about how their songs should be distributed. Let’s always remember that artists deserve a say in how their music is shared with their fans,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio.

It’s #TGIF, so it’s a perfect time to tune into our Taylor Swift station, a mix of pop country songs by Swift and other country artists on Rdio or listen to our curated playlist of our favorite songs that we’re calling “Classic Swift.”

∞  07/11/2014 — 9:35AM

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Exclusives

Exclusive: Tensnake Mixes First DJ-Powered Rdio Session

Germany’s Marco Niemerski, better known as Tensnake, is the first artist in the world to present a DJ set for his Rdio Session. Recorded live at this year’s SXSW extravaganza, the performance includes songs from his album Glow. He also deftly weaves in extended club versions of career highlights like “Love Unlimited,” recorded with singer Fiora and legendary producer Nile Rodgers, with tracks from colleagues he admires. Check out more recordings from this up close and personal series over at the Rdio Sessions Station.

∞  28/10/2014 — 12:48PM

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Exclusive: SOHN Shakes Up Rdio Sessions

You can hear the world-wise poise in the music of English electronic artist SOHN (aka Christopher Taylor). Since 2010, he has called Vienna his home, where his work as a producer for himself as well as for rising stars like Banks along with remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Disclosure have earned him shout outs from unique artists like Lorde and Miguel.

SOHN’s exclusive Rdio Sessions was performed at Decibelle Recording Studio in San Francisco and features highlights from his deliciously dark and soulful debut album Tremors, including the singles “Bloodflows” and “Lessons.” Tune in to the Rdio Sessions Station to hear more live sets from this eclectic series, including recent performances by Daughtry, Jon Pardi, Lucius, and many more.

∞  21/10/2014 — 10:10AM

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Rdio Now With iOS 8 and CarPlay Support

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Today we’re announcing an exciting update for iOS 8 that continues our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

Our latest update includes:
- CarPlay Support. We’re one of the first music services to be integrated into Apple’s CarPlay. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
- Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
-Optimized Visuals. Enjoy high-resolution images and album artwork with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

Download Rdio for iOS and try out the new features for yourself. Be sure to follow @Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our apps.

∞  16/10/2014 — 12:16PM

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Introducing High-Quality AAC Audio Across The Globe

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Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio. Listeners around the world now have four sound quality settings to choose from across iOS, Android, and the web. All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps. Rdio Unlimited subscribers now also have the option of listening in pristine-quality 320 kbps. Plus individually select your audio settings for a variety of uses, whether you’re using Wi-Fi or cellular streaming or listening to offline downloads.

Our commitment to sound quality also deepens today with our partnership with Bob Weir, the legendary founding member of the Grateful Dead and champion of Musicians for Audio Quality Initiative. To celebrate this milestone, we’re releasing an exclusive catalog of Bob Weir tracks recorded at the Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), his state of the art studio in Marin County, CA. The catalog features Weir as well as musicians like Dave Schools, Sammy Hagar, and many others.

Download the latest updates to Rdio on iOS and Android to start this exciting new listening experience today.

∞  16/10/2014 — 11:17AM

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