January 2013

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Hear Boats’ A Fairway Full of Miners One Week Early on Rdio


The always-impressive Pacific Northwest record label Kill Rock Stars is getting ready to drop the new Boats album A Fairway Full of Miners. It’s the third and latest effort from the Winnipeg, Canada-based indie rock group fronted by distinctively high-pitched singer Mat Klachefsky. Although the new release is remarkably more mature than past albums, members of Boats don’t take themselves too seriously, even describing their own sound as “a string of unrelated concepts disguised as coherent thought.”

A Fairway Full of Miners will be out on February 5, but why wait until then when you can hear it a week early? Hit play below to hear this exclusive preview.

∞  29/01/2013 — 5:00AM


Ra Ra Riot Shares Exclusive Commentary on Beta Love With Rdio

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot’s new album Beta Love may be a bit of a shock to fans used to the band’s indie rock and baroque pop hybrid. This third album from the New York-based quintet reveals a genuine fondness for more electronically-driven synth pop. Now, you can listen below to hear Beta Love with exclusive commentary from Ra Ra Riot to learn more about this stylistic shift.

If you fell head over heels for Beta Love, then this will be sure to put a smile on your face — bassist Mathieu Santos recently created a playlist of songs that have been bringing him happiness lately.

Follow Ra Ra Riot on Rdio for more from Santos and the rest of the band.

∞  29/01/2013 — 2:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Free Access to Rdio Goes International


Now it’s even easier to discover new music with artists and friends around the world. Starting today, we’re extending free music on the Web to 15 countries.

If you’re a new Rdio listener, you can now sign up at rdio.com, and enjoy up to six months of free music, depending on how many songs you stream. Free streaming is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows and no credit card is needed to start listening. A meter at the top of your profile page will keep you updated on how much free music you have remaining each month and at any time you can upgrade to Rdio Web or Rdio Unlimited to stream unlimited music.

Free access is available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

∞  29/01/2013 — 12:00AM

Tips & Tricks

Rdio Feature Spotlight: Remote Control

Back in November, we introduced our brand new Rdio apps for iOS and Android. Today we’re highlighting one of the most loved additions from our update to help make the most of your Rdio experience — with the remote control feature, your music is never out of reach.

When Rdio is in Remote Control Mode, you can still control the tunes playing from your phone with the web and desktop apps.

Remote Control

Clicking Play Here Instead will stop the song in its tracks. Press play to continue the same song on whichever app you’re using.

Remote Control

On the flipside, now the mobile apps will let you know when “Rdio is playing elsewhere,” too. Tap the bottom to bring up the updated playback screen. From there, you can use your mobile phone to control Rdio if it’s playing on another device.

Remote Control

Listening to music on your laptop while getting ready to go out? Pause, skip, play a Station, modify your Queue, and more from the comfort of your palm. Ready to head out? Keep the jams going by tapping Play Here Instead and your mobile device will pick up where your laptop left off.

If you haven’t tried out the new Remote Control feature yet, download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now.

∞  09/01/2013 — 2:00AM


Bad Religion Debuts "Vanity" on Rdio

Bad Religion

Bad Religion’s brand new track "Vanity" doesn’t officially drop for two weeks, but we’ve got an exclusive preview for your ears only right now. This is the latest taste of the legendary Los Angeles punk band’s sixteenth studio album True North, which will be released on January 22.

Bad Religion’s own Brett Gurewitz is part of our community of worldwide music fans! Follow Brett Gurewitz on Rdio to hear classic punk cuts as well as songs that have been on his Heavy Rotation lately.

∞  08/01/2013 — 2:00AM

New Features

New on Rdio: Search by Label

Search by Label

Do you have a favourite record label? Perhaps you love Epitaph’s punk rock outfits, or maybe you feel like bumping Def Jam hip hop hits? Now you can discover music by label on Rdio.

When you start typing in the search box, labels will pop up in addition to artists, albums, songs, playlists, and people. You can narrow down your search results by clicking the Labels filter as well. Once you’ve found your favourite label, just press Play Station to spin their roster.

∞  07/01/2013 — 3:00AM


Listen to Heavy Rotations 2013 for Fresh New Sounds

With the new year comes fresh excitement about where music will take us over the next 365 days. Our Heavy Rotation 2013 Playlist suggests a diverse group of exciting up-and-comers who we think have a good chance to be your most played tunes.

There are uplifting songs from the likes of Ms Mr and Rhye, mysterious duos who make hauntingly beautiful tracks free from ego. Little Green Cars offers a rousing take on country rock, Irish style. King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid) brings the experimental beats to put on immediate repeat, and rising Canadian star The Weeknd sounds poised to take it to the next meteoric level.

Listen to the playlist above for these selections and many more, a set of nearly two hours that offers the sound of the future.

∞  04/01/2013 — 2:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Rdio App Update for Windows Phone is Here

Rdio Windows Phone

You’ve been asking for it, and now we’ve got it. The Rdio app has been updated with Windows Phone 8 support.


  • Windows Phone 8 compatibility
  • Improved online playback
  • Browse Recommendations
  • Metro interface enhancements

Head over to the Windows Phone Store and download the new Rdio app now. Follow Rdio on Twitter and Facebook, and tell us what you think!

∞  04/01/2013 — 1:00AM