News

Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.

∞  January 22, 2015 — 11:57AM

Posted by Rdio at 11:57AM in News |

New Features

New Features Add Functionality to Favorites

Last September we introduced Favorites on Rdio, allowing listeners to quickly collect their favorite songs, albums, stations, artists and playlists with the tap of a button. Now we’re adding even more functionality to Favorites — four new features make it easier than ever to listen to the songs you love the most.

  • Multi-Select Your Favorite Tracks
    On the web, you can quickly select multiple tracks from an album or playlist to add them to your Favorites. Command+click the tracks you like, then right click to favorite them.

  • Play Just Your Favorites
    Want to play only your favorite tracks on an album? Check out the “Play favorite songs” option on web and mobile.

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  • Start Exploring With Listener Favorites
    Introduce yourself to new music on Rdio by starting with the most popular songs on an album to find your own hits (or misses). The most favorited songs on an album are now easy to find with the new Listener Favorite icon.

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  • Sort Your Favorites by Most Played
    It’s now easy to find your favorite Favorites. Back by popular demand, you can sort your favorite tracks by the number of times you’ve listened to them. On the web, choose “Most Played” to order your top tracks by play count.

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We'll continue to roll out more new features in the coming weeks, based on your listener feedback. We're dedicated to making Rdio the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

∞  January 21, 2015 — 10:48AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:48AM in New Features |

ExclusivesRdio Sessions

Exclusive: Ty Dolla $ign Blazes Rdio Sessions

LA’s Ty Dolla $ign has created his own seductive musical space that straddles rap and R&B. The songwriter and producer considers himself a singer over a rapper, but he’s got bars that put average MCs to shame. If you’ve never heard him before, now is the time to get acquainted with this rising star, who plans to drop his debut album this year with expected collaborations from R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. His Rdio Sessions set, recorded live at SXSW, features the breakout songs from his premiere Beach House EP: the infectious top 40 hit “Paranoid” and sexy jams “Or Nah” and “Familiar.”

Hear more from our intimate live series on the Rdio Sessions Station, which features exclusive performances by artists from all over the world.

∞  January 21, 2015 — 10:28AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:28AM in Exclusives, Rdio Sessions |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 20, 2015

We always have fun putting together your New Music Weekly playlist, a collection of the very best new songs that you can receive each week by subscribing. The current set celebrates the return of Glasgow indie darlings Belle and Sebastian and French DJ Étienne De Crécy, introduces the sound of young New York as created by Joey Bada$$ and much more that you’ll read about in the Playlist Notes below. Explore more sounds from each artist on the Rdio New Releases page.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Fall Out Boy - American Beauty/American Psycho
    Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz and company are back with an ambitious sixth album of stadium sounds that pushes past the modern rock box.

  • Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love
    The influential Olympia rock trio returns after a 10 years (and member Carrie Brownstein’s success in Portlandia) to deliver one of their most alive albums.

  • Mikky Ekko - Time
    The Louisiana born artist who has written songs for Rihanna and Gwen Stefani emerges with an ambitious genre-bending debut album.

  • Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor (Deluxe Edition)
    Blues is the unexpected influence on the controversial artist’s ninth album, which is light on words and heavy on melody.

  • The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
    After a four-year break, the Oregon act’s folk leanings are directed toward a more personal album.

  • Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
    Five albums in, the rapper uses his upbringing on Chicago’s dangerous West Side for lyrical inspiration.

  • Ty Dolla $ign - Rdio Session
    The in-demand rapper/singer/writer turns in a three-song set of his hits “Paranoid,” “Or Nah” and “Familiar” in advance of his collaborations with Kanye.

∞  January 20, 2015 — 9:26AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:26AM in New Music Weekly |

MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Dream To The Sounds of "Selma"

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we’re also enjoying this user-created Selma Soundtrack playlist. Anjelica Loza's set features songs that appear in the feature film Selma, including the Golden Globe winning anthem “Glory” by Common and John Legend, timeless tunes from Otis Redding and The Impressions, and emerging sounds from Fink. Time to dream!

∞  January 19, 2015 — 10:42AM

Posted by Rdio at 10:42AM in MonoMonday |

News

Rdio Expands To India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener,” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favorite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you. Welcome India!

∞  January 15, 2015 — 8:23AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:23AM in News |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - January 13, 2015

Women threaten to steal the spotlight in the latest New Music Weekly playlist, which includes songs by singer/rapper Kat Dahlia and soul shaker Jazmine Sullivan (as well as Meghan Trainor and Ella Henderson, who you’ll read more about in the Playlist Notes below). But don’t worry, the men also get their licks in, from punk stalwarts California X to the sonic noodlings of Panda Bear and the latest ensemble album from Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson. As always, you can subscribe to the New Music Weekly playlist to get a new hand-picked set each seven days, and dive into the Rdio New Releases to hear every latest offering in our collection.

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
    Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Mystikal are among the unlikely superstar guests on the British producer’s fifth album.

  • Meghan Trainor - Title (Deluxe)
    The “All About That Bass” singer’s debut album merges retro styles with pop and hip-hop.

  • Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
    On his fifth album, The Animal Collective member and experimental electronic artist talks about personal growth over Nineties-style hip-hop drums.

  • Ella Henderson - Chapter One
    This pop and soul-tinged debut from the popular alum of the UK version of X-Factor has already topped the charts in England.

  • Guster - Evermotion
    Boston’s alt-rockers play with new instruments and sounds on the group’s first album in four years.

  • DMX - Redemption of The Beast
    Swizz Beatz and Dame Grease contribute production for the rough rapper’s eighth album.

  • Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers
    The American roots artist emerges with a new album just four months after his last one, Single Mothers.

∞  January 13, 2015 — 8:58AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:58AM in New Music Weekly |

MonoMonday

#MonoMonday: Remembering Aaliyah

The short but impactful life of Aaliyah left behind an enormous musical legacy that continues to influence the young stars of today. Her 1994 debut album brought the hit singles "Back and Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" and earned Double Platinum sales status in the United States (worldwide sales now top six million). The dearly missed late singer and actress would have turned 36 on January 16. Play Age Ain't Nothing But a Number in honor of her birthday and you'll relive — or discover — the poised, mature grace of a soulful artist who did what she loved to the fullest.

∞  January 12, 2015 — 1:12PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:12PM in MonoMonday |

Artist To Watch

January’s Rdio Artist to Watch: Bea Miller

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Rdio’s Artist to Watch for January has already kicked off the year with a powerful anthem for the new generation. Bea Miller, a self-taught singer with a knack for creating memorable songs that flirt with pop punk sensibilities. You’ll feel it on her fiery debut EP, where she co-wrote two of the four songs. Take a listen to her title song “Young Blood” and you’ll hear her gravelly, yet gorgeously powerful voice and world-wise lyrics.

Miller is as much of a music fan as she is a musician, and her exclusive Artists I’m Watching playlist reveals exquisite taste. Kick back and enjoy her hand-picked set that’s packed with acts like Daughter, Hozier, Wilkinson, Passenger, Alt-J and Ed Sheeran.

Stay tuned for more from Bea Miller, Rdio's Artist to Watch through the month of January.

∞  January 7, 2015 — 4:21PM

Posted by Rdio at 4:21PM in Artist To Watch |

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 favorites.

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.”

∞  January 6, 2015 — 6:51PM

Posted by Rdio at 6:51PM in News |