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Rdio Becomes First Streaming Service To Power Full Song Playback Within Shazam

Starting today, Rdio users on Shazam can finally go beyond the preview with full song playback on Shazam. Rdio subscribers update their Shazam app can stream entire songs without ever leaving Shazam, making it even more seamless to discover and explore music.

Plus you can continue to add your favourite songs to your choice of playlist or automatically add all the tracks you have Shazamed to an Rdio playlist.

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"We are thrilled to be the first streaming service to power Shazam's new in-app song playback," said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "This partnership helps us deliver on our promise to be everywhere music is being discovered."

This update is available now on iOS and Android.

∞  14/07/2014 — 3:21PM

Posted by Rdio at 3:21PM in News |

Exclusives

Global Exclusive: Rdio Sessions - A Dance Party With STRFKR

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Portland’s STRFKR is a group that’s close to our hearts here at Rdio. We were the first to offer a preview of last year’s album Miracle Mile and are now thrilled to present the band’s contribution to Rdio Sessions, our set of intimate recordings available only on Rdio.

Recorded live in San Francisco, this exclusive STRFKR set includes highlights from Miracle Mile including the bright pop of “Malmö,” the swaggering “While I’m Alive,” and the discofied “Atlantis,” plus “Bury Us Alive” from 2011’s Reptilians and “Rawnald Gregory Erickson The Second,” the irresistibly bouncy song from the self-titled 2008 debut Starfucker that started it all. Go ahead and have a sweaty dance party, we won’t tell!

Subscribe to the Rdio Sessions playlist to hear more recordings from Rdio favorites such as Passenger, City and Colour and Shout Out Louds.

∞  10/06/2014 — 8:16AM

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Rdio Expands To 60 Countries

Today, we're pleased to announce Rdio has expanded into nine more countries around the world. We're now in 60 countries in six continents.

Welcome Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia in Europe as well as Indonesia, Phillipines, Singapore, and Thailand in Asia.

In honor of our newest milestone, we've made a playlist of music from all the countries you can find Rdio. From Argentina's Soda Stereo to Venezuela's La Vida Boheme, uncover 60 tracks that are either current toppers, unforgettable classics, hometown anthems or just office favourites.

If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at rdio.com right now and start streaming your favourite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favorites with our web and desktop apps. You can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

∞  19/05/2014 — 11:39PM

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Bring on Festival Season! The 405's Guide to 2014 Music Fests

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As music obsessives, we think there aren’t many things better than seeing your favourite band live. So when summer approaches and we have the opportunity to catch a whole heap of great acts and possibly a few rays of sun at the same time, that’s pretty exciting!

Festival season kicked off already in the US with desert-based extravaganza Coachella, but the UK’s world-famous run of outdoor live music is about to get started in earnest. With so many events lined up, it can be a little bewildering to figure out where to start, but The 405 have it sewn up with their 2014 festival guide, and they’ve made playlists for each festival lineup exclusively on Rdio.

Look ahead to May and June to check out The 405’s picks of the festivals coming up. Get revved up for the festivals you plan to attend or get inspired to make a ticket purchase for the likes of Field Day and Isle of Wight Festival:

Alternatively, explore the playlists and recreate the vibe (with less mess) in your own living room! There are even options further afield such as Roskilde or Bonnaroo, for those hardcore enough to make the trip abroad for great live music.

With the whole summer stretching out before us this is just part 1 of the festival guide, so be sure to check back for more. Follow The 405 on Rdio to explore their taster playlists of the key festivals this summer.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want to get the most out of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features everywhere you go.

∞  30/04/2014 — 3:23PM

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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

Last month, music gurus The 405 gave our ears a treat with their recommendations for the very best new tracks. We think they’ve outdone themselves with these latest picks and can’t wait for you to give them a whirl.

Here are The 405’s top finds, all ready for you to enjoy on Rdio!

Ang Low
Brooklyn's brightest R&B talent is Ang Low, a platinum-gulleted dude supreme with a penchant for soul, indie-pop and electronica. Firmly hitched to the '90s revival bandwagon, Ang Low stands out head and shoulders above the common rabble. Heavy on emotional content, pop pizazz and ingenuity, he is a prime example of how to be a true original in a saturated genre. “Can't Describe Her” and the twinkling parade “Life Goes Down” are essential listens.

Sylvan Esso
North Carolina twosome Sylvan Esso came together serendipitously back in 2012. The pair swiftly began doodling with noise, sculpting sublime synthpop that careens between skulking dance lurches (“Coffee”) and quaint folk handclappery (“Hey Mami”) – the combinations they make are both fascinating sonic explorations and technically flawless ditties, showcasing Nick Sanborn's eclectic genre-hopping penchant and Amelia Meath's golden pipes. 2014 is set to be a big year, and it's easy to hear why.

Zhala
Like Naomi Pilgrim, Swedish singer Zhala once got her kicks as a backup vocalist for Lykke Li, but is now striving to create her own pop dynasty. Unlike Pilgrim, Zhala's manic electro-pop skirts demonic rather than sweet; tracks like the distorted dance-pop barrage “Prophet,” with its rhythmic flippancy and gyrating synth pulses, prove Zhala to be a more tarnished force. These are otherworldly musings, drenched in '90s house. Her oldest cut, “Slippin Around,” is less frenetic, and her distinct vocal tones shine through amongst the glitches, digi-blips and tribal beats.

Check back for more recommendations from Rdio influencers and Follow The 405 on Rdio for more essential emerging music.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want to get the most out of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features everywhere you go.

∞  11/04/2014 — 11:10AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:10AM in Influencer Spotlights, Music, Rdio Recommends |

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Send a Raven! Game of Thrones Characters Battle it Out on Rdio

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Not that we are obsessed or anything, but Game of Thrones will be upon us in mere hours (yes, we are counting). In the preamble to this auspicious event fans of the immensely popular show have gotten creative and descended on Rdio to create a slice of Westeros by building in-character profiles and playlists for the show's protagonists and antagonists. And we are loving it!

As you enjoy the Season 4 premiere tonight, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favourite Game of Thrones characters. Rdio’s "GoT" the perfect distraction — and accompaniment to your viewing parties — with these clever profiles from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Jon Snow, and Hodor of Winterfell that are stirring up the drama and laughs.

And for more amusement, be sure to read the hilarious playlist comments posted from one in-character profile to another. See King Joffrey’s sociopathic and tyrannical jab on Arya Stark’s "Stick 'Em With The Pointy End" playlist here and what our favourite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Follow your favourite characters on Rdio throughout the season to see new music and playlists added from the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond the Wall.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand listening everywhere you go.

Daenerys Targaryen unleashes a fierce set of queen tunes on Ascending and compiles a hilarious set of Mother’s Day Songs — no surprise she’s really into dragon songs.

It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Tyrion Lannister makes it look effortless. J. Cole, UB40, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars are on hand to help him celebrate wine, women, and money on his Things I Like a Lot and I Prefer Fun Sized playlists.

Arya Stark's been kicking ass and taking names all over Westeros. Check out the music that preps our favourite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favourite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

It’s good to be King Joffrey, and he gives it up to his all-time favourite person with his Me, Myself & I and Inspiration playlists.

Our favourite handsome bastard and member of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow knows how to stay warm while bumping his Night’s Watch Slow Jamz and Just Chilln’ playlists.

Loyal servant and Big Man Hodor of Winterfell is always at the side of young Bran Stark. He doesn’t say much, but we love tha drops and big bodied, hip-hop beats on Hodurrrrrr.

∞  07/04/2014 — 12:00PM

Posted by Rdio at 12:00PM in Events, Music, Rdio Recommends |

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Cast a Wider Net: Introducing Rdio on Google Chromecast

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We are thrilled to share news that starting today you can listen to Rdio on Google Chromecast. Chromecast allows you to cast songs, albums, stations, and playlists to your TV — then control playback from anywhere in your house and enjoy a beautiful display of album art on your big screen. This means you now have a whole new way to surround yourself with your music in the comfort of your home.

Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Once the Chromecast device is setup, simply press the cast icon in the Rdio iOS, Android or Web apps. You won't have to learn anything new. If you’re new to Rdio, you can start a free trial by simply downloading the Rdio app and registering.

“Rdio on Google Chromecast marks another milestone in Rdio’s commitment to delivering the best music experience everywhere,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalogue of over 20 million songs or start a station easily, all from Chromecast on their TV.”

We are very excited about this awesome new way to play Rdio at home and unleash your favourite music, check out new releases, and stream an endless variety of Stations from anywhere in the house right to your TV with Chromecast’s bold new technology. It’s not only easy, but with a starting price of £30 Chromecast is also affordable.

Ready to cast your first song? Learn how to connect Google Chromecast to your TV and Rdio app.

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand listening everywhere you go.

∞  31/03/2014 — 8:01AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:01AM in New Features, News, Tips & Tricks |

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Rdio Heads to South by Southwest!

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The South by Southwest Music Festival takes over Austin, TX this month with musicians, industry reps, music fans, and media coming together for what has become the United State's biggest music event and conference.

Rdio will be heading to SXSW to join the fun and capture a truckoad of exclusive performances as part of our Rdio Sessions series, the SXSW 2014 edition. Each live session will be released as an exclusive live set on Rdio, bringing these unique and intimate performances back home to Rdio listeners.

Rdio Sessions at SXSW will feature a stellar lineup of up-and-coming artists including Lucius, Ty Dolla $ign, David Nail, Bad Suns, Haerts, Tensnake, Strange Talk, Little Boots, and Tokyo Police Club. Many of these acts are also part of Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, our handpicked tipsheet of musicians and bands that Rdio anticipates to break through in 2014 and who we think fans will love.

Curious to hear these artists now? Check out our SXSW lineup right here with the Rdio Sessions + SXSW 2014 playlist:

Want more? Stay tuned for the release of each SXSW Session on Rdio and be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for daily updates and sneak peeks of Rdio Sessions from SXSW!

SXSW Artists Recording Rdio Sessions

Lucius - Berklee College of Music voice majors Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig make up the Brooklyn-based indie pop quintet Lucius.

Ty Dolla $ign – Ty is a Los Angeles-based singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and multi- instrumentalist.

David Nail - Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri, David is a country singer songwriter with recent the hit single, "Whatever She's Got" which made it to Billboard’s country airplay number one spot.

Bad Suns - Comprising vocalist Christo Bowman, drummer Miles Morris, guitarist Ray Libby, and bassist Gavin Bennett, Bad Suns formed in 2012 in Woodland Hills, California.

Haerts – The long-distance collaborative project Haerts came into formation when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started working on music together in a small apartment in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tensnake – The electro producer Tensnake from Hamburg, Germany recently released the single “Love Sublime” featuring Nile Rodgers of Daft Punk.

Strange Talk - An Australian synthpop band from Melbourne, Victoria, Strange Talk consists of Gerard Sidhu, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable and Gillan Gregory. The band will be releasing their debut album Cast Away in 2014.

Little Boots - Blackpool. England’s Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, makes sleek. exquisite electropop with friends from LCD Soundsystem Hercules and Love Affair. Catch her on the mike, the moog, the keys and the dancefloor.

Tokyo Police Club - The Toronto band was described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the greatest thing to come out of Canada since Molson”. Their new album, Forcefield, comes out right after SXSW.

∞  07/03/2014 — 6:05PM

Posted by Rdio at 6:05PM in Events, Music |

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New Music: The 405 Recommends

The 405 Recommends

Here at Rdio, we believe you can never have enough new music and we’re always on the lookout for impressive fresh talent. Luckily, there’s no shortage out there, and our friends over at online music and culture mag The 405 are also on a mission to seek out the very best.

As a treat for Rdio listeners, The 405 have shared their top picks of the most intriguing and exciting new artists of the moment for your listening pleasure. Read on to hear what sets these artists apart, then turn them up and enjoy on Rdio!

Ian Isiah
New York City singer Ian Isiah is an exhilarating prospect in the R&B world. Full of slick production (from ShyGuy, Brenmar and Sinjin Hawke) with a silver-tongued gift of the gab, Isiah's recent album The Love Champion went down a storm with fans, onlookers and critics alike. The track “Sweat” is a particular stand out and a dancefloor-ready, honest-to-God banger.

Fifi Rong
Fifi Rong is an exciting prospect in the world of electronic music. Fusing satin-sleek R&B vocals, reminiscent of the late ‘90s trip-hop, she creates a progressive kind of downtempo, dub-slathered post-electronica that also skirts pop and soul. High profile collaborations and her well-received debut album, Wrong, demonstrate she’s already garnering attention from bigger players and it’s only a matter of time before we see her burst forth into the limelight.

The Casket Girls
The Casket Girls are a trio comprised of Ryan Graveface (Black Moth Super Rainbow) and sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene, who met in Georgia under a tree while the sisters were busking with an autoharp. They’re prepping their second LP, True Love Kills The Fairy Tale, for release as we speak, and when you hear efforts like their track “Same Side,” you'll wonder why they’re not the outfit on everyone’s lips.

Clarence Clarity
Haywire R&B enigma Clarence Clarity is set to leave a scorched wasteland in his wake this year. He is silver-tongued and maniacal. His tracks “The Gospel Truth” and “Alive In The Septic Tank” are elysian delusions, assuming a horror-hop guise. Join his cult today and save yourself from being enslaved when he conquers the planet!

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want to get the most out of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features everywhere you go.

∞  04/03/2014 — 10:03PM

Posted by Rdio at 10:03PM in Influencer Spotlights, Weekly New Music |

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Rdio Pushes for Net Neutrality in Europe

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At Rdio, we believe there should be a level playing field on the internet, in order to provide the best experience for consumers, with seamless and reliable access to their favourite content, whether it is video, music, web pages or simple information. That is the future of online, and it’s something that can be achieved – or at least significantly improved – through net neutrality.

Because of our passion for this issue, Rdio today joined industry peers Netflix, Soundcloud, and 22tracks to sign an open letter to the European Parliament to further Net Neutrality protection. The European Commission’s proposal for the “Connected Continent” is a strong push in the right direction, but we’ve joined with our peers in the industry to argue for revisions that pursue net neutrality while safeguarding innovation in Europe.

We believe that a level playing field, with no special exemptions for one company or sector or another, is crucial to delivering the best experiences online for consumers. That’s what matters. People want content delivered smoothly and reliably over the internet – that is without question the future, and we believe it is important that nothing hinders this.

Rdio is available in 51 countries across 6 continents. If you're new to Rdio, start listening for free today to your favourite artist, song, album, or more than 400 stations. Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited anytime for unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

∞  18/02/2014 — 10:18AM

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