May 2013

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New FeaturesNews

Music Discovery: Now Easier Than Ever

Rdio Friends

At Rdio, we’re all about helping you find new music. From Heavy Rotation to label pages, music discovery is always at the forefront of our design. We’re introducing new features to personalise your music exploration and give you more control over the music you’re listening to, as you’re listening to it. Today, we’ll walk you through the first of these updates that you may have already noticed in our web and desktop apps.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

  • Welcome to Rdio — New listeners will immediately be greeted by fellow Rdio friends (based on connected Twitter and Facebook accounts), awesome influencers, and the tunes they love when they first sign up. After all, music should be social.

  • Find People — Just like in the updated iOS and Android apps, current listeners can view a curated list of recommended friends alongside hand-picked artists and influencers to follow.

  • AutoPlay — Never again wonder, “What should I listen to next?” AutoPlay is a personalized station that plays more music similar to the last song you listened to.

  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down — We’re debuting one of our most-requested features. When playing an artist station, song station, or AutoPlay, just roll over the tracklist to vote on current and upcoming songs. Each time you click, Rdio learns more about your tastes, curating more of the music you love.

  • Start Station — Can’t get enough of what’s currently playing? Now you can start a new station based on the song you’re listening to by hitting the Start Station button on the album art.

  • New Player — We’ve integrated the album artwork from the currently playing song for a beautiful and visually-evolving listening experience. Access the full view by clicking the player button on the bottom right. Here you’ll be able to see what’s now playing and the tracklist of upcoming music.

    We’re excited for our listeners to take these features for a spin.

∞  31/05/2013 — 11:00AM

Exclusives

City and Colour Plays Old Favourites and New Song at Rdio Sessions

City And Colour

Singer, songwriter, and hardcore multi-instrumentalist Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, swung by Rdio Sessions during SXSW for an intense and intimate performance. As a special treat for die-hard fans on Rdio, City and Colour performed the song "Of Space And Time" from his forthcoming album The Hurry and the Harm, which is set to release on June 4. Luckily, we captured the Rdio Session so you, too, can enjoy his amazing show and a preview of the new album all in one listen.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  29/05/2013 — 5:00AM

Exclusives

Mount Moriah Climbs The Rdio Sessions Stage

Hailing from North Carolina, Mount Moriah is the classic American folk and rock side project of Jenks Miller (from heavy psych/metal act Horseback), Heather McEntire (from post punk group Bellafea), and Casey Toll (who joined the duo in 2010). The trio’s new Rdio Session showcases the songs “Bright Light,” “Eureka Springs,” “I Built a Town,” and “Miracle Temple Holiness,” all taken from the latest album Miracle Temple.

This Rdio Session with Mount Moriah is the first filmed in partnership with Yours Truly during SXSW — watch the video of their performance above and hit play below to listen to the exclusive set.

Rdio Sessions is an ongoing series of unique, recorded performances with hand-picked artists on the rise. The SXSW edition of Rdio Sessions was recorded at The Driskill during SXSW by the engineers from Sound Stage.

∞  29/05/2013 — 1:00AM

Music

Rob Zombie Will Loosen Up Your Mind

Rob Zombie

Musical and cinematic madman Rob Zombie has crafted a playlist just for Rdio listeners. The 98-minute playlist is called Songs To Loosen Up Your Mind to get those knots out of your brain immediately. It’s got memorable tunes from the likes of David Bowie, Tiny Tim, Captain Beefheart, Nico, and Syd Barrett, and of course he shares his own personal original Zombie favourites.

Hit play and loosen up to the mix below — and then put on Zombie's latest effort, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

∞  23/05/2013 — 2:00AM

New FeaturesNews

New Features Come to iOS and Android Apps

iOS and Android

We’re thrilled to introduce updates to both iOS and Android apps, bringing a unified Rdio experience regardless of platform. Among various UI improvements, you’ll find the following new features:

  • Find People — We believe music should be social which is why following other listeners is now easier on our mobile apps. Tap Find People, a new addition to the side navigation, to see a curated list of recommended friends and their music taste (based on your connected Twitter and Facebook) alongside hand-picked artists and influencers like Alan Carr and Little Boots.

  • Label Pages — Just like on our web and desktop apps, you can now search for a record label and find its top albums and artists.

  • Updated Side Navigation — The side navigation features a new blurred background and a cleaner interface, making it easier to access your profile, sort through playlists, and more.

    Get hands-on with the new features yourself — download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now. Drop us a line on Twitter and Facebook to share your thoughts!

∞  22/05/2013 — 10:00AM

EventsMusic

Discover New Artists on The Great Escape

The Great Escape Festival

Europe’s leading new music festival The Great Escape brings 350 artists to 30 venues in beautiful Brighton from 16-18 May. Whether you plan to attend any shows in person or live beyond a stone’s throw from the action and can’t get there yourself, this epic playlist for The Great Escape 2013 created by awesome Rdio user Paul Hayes will give you a taste of the breadth of new music happening over these three days, including performances by artists from A*M*E to Za!

∞  15/05/2013 — 2:00AM

Music

Girls Names Share Their Biggest Influences

Girls Names

Belfast’s own Girls Names is one of the bands slated to kill at next week’s top music fest The Great Escape in Brighton, England. In honour of their appearance, the lo-fi band (which actually includes three men!) shares an exclusive playlist with you called Girls Names: Favourites & Inspirations that features bands such as Can, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Beak, and Public Image Ltd. You can also listen to Girls Names’ most recent album The New Life to hear how those picks play out in their own original songs.

∞  14/05/2013 — 5:00AM

News

Discover New Music With Rdio and Shazam

Shazam

We’ve banded together with Shazam, the music identification tool, to make discovering your new favourite song and artist easier than ever, no matter where you are.

Now anyone with the Shazam app for iOS or Android can listen to entire songs after tagging them by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link. Seamlessly flow from identifying a never-before-heard track to playing it on Rdio, sharing it with friends, or finding more music by that artist within Shazam.

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can access the full experience in the app immediately. Users new to Rdio can try the mobile app free for 14 days to take advantage of the feature.

Originally launched last fall in the U.S., the integration is now available in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

∞  09/05/2013 — 6:00AM

Exclusives

Little Boots Shares Exclusive Remix for “Broken Record”

Little Boots

A broken record never evolves — it just keeps playing a sound over and over again. But UK electropop darling Little Boots’ anthem “Broken Record,” taken from the new album Nocturnes, has a fresh lease on the dancefloor with the Chupacabras & JDH Remix.

The “Broken Record” remix track is exclusively available on Rdio, so there’s no need to get stuck on repeat. Listen to Nocturnes with the bonus remix track below and follow Little Boots on Rdio!

∞  08/05/2013 — 5:00AM

Exclusives

Dragonette and Sunshine Jones Join Forces for “Run Run Run” Remix

Dragonette

Canadian electropop band Dragonette teamed up with singer-songwriter Sunshine Jones (best known for her work in Dubtribe Sound System) for the remix of “Run Run Run,” a single taken from the recent album Bodyparts.

The song officially comes out next week but there’s no need to wait because Rdio listeners can enjoy it right now.

∞  08/05/2013 — 1:00AM