Artist To Watch

Our January Artist To Watch: Rae Morris

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Rdio’s first Artist to Watch of the year Rae Morris is a shooting star. World-wise beyond her 21 years, the Blackpool-bred singer who has chosen to remain in her hometown rather than move to the capital city has kept her music ground in soulful honesty. Morris, who sang on the Mercury Prize-nominated album So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club, has already performed on sold out tours and co-written songs for acts like Clean Bandit.

Now it’s time her own original songs and music to be heard on a wider platform. Listen to the haunting single “Cold”, taken from her forthcoming debut album Unguarded, and see if you aren’t moving and humming along by the end. There’s much more to come from Rae Morris this year, and Rdio is excited to be with her every step of the way.

∞  12/01/2015 — 12:43PM

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News

New For 2015: Jaguar and Land Rover Integration and Partnerships with DTS, LG Electronics and Hisense

We’re happy to start 2015 with some exciting partnership news we’ve announced at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, that highlights our commitment to providing users around the world with access to music everywhere they are.

Today, we’re unveiling an exclusive partnership with Bosch that integrates Rdio into dashboards of vehicles internationally through the new Bosch mySPIN platform. The partnership adds Rdio as Jaguar and Land Rover’s first in-car on-demand music streaming service on the InControl Apps platform. Users can safely interact with our online and offline features through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

As part of the initial rollout, Rdio will be accessible to Unlimited subscribers in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles where InControl Apps is installed. Rdio on InControl Apps provides a safe way for drivers to easily access popular features, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists and favourites.

We’re also extending our presence on connected home devices through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on our current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility.

Our new partnerships also extend our reach with in-home wireless speaker systems through integration in the LG Connect SDK home streaming platform for mobile devices interfacing with smart TVs, DTS Play-Fi® technology and Google Cast for audio (through the “Cast” button in the Rdio mobile app that automatically streams to Google Cast Ready speakers). These advancements add to our current wireless speaker partnerships, which includes Sonos, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook.

“Our vision is to offer every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly tuned to each listener. People listen to music wherever they are at work, in the car, on the go, and at home. Providing our customers with a simple, integrated and consistent music experience in their homes is a priority for us and one we are investing significant resources in,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. “Dedicated audio devices as well as integrating music into the TV experience are priorities for Rdio, and we look forward to introducing Rdio on each of these exciting devices and platforms in 2015.”

∞  07/01/2015 — 12:00PM

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New Features

Rdio on iOS - Now with Search and Play & Comment Likes

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Today, we’re releasing a new update to our iOS devices with some brand new search and social features we’ve know you’ve been waiting for:

  • Search and Play. Tap the new play button in search results to instantly play music.
  • Comment Likes. Tap Like on any comment to give others some positive feedback.

We continue our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you. Download Rdio for iOS and try out these new features today. We’ll be rolling out Comment Likes on Android soon.

∞  22/12/2014 — 10:23PM

Posted by Rdio at 10:23PM in New Features |

News

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

Posted by Rdio at 9:50AM in New Features |

News

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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Music

#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

Posted by Rdio at 9:35AM in Music |

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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