July 2010

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Rdio for Android: Discover New Tunes and Keep Track of Your Music

Another day, another Android (update). Now on version 0.4.11, Rdio for Android (beta) has seen plenty of improvements over the past two weeks.

Here are the highlights:

  • Track your network’s music discovery with Recent Activity on the dashboard.
  • View Now Playing in a list.
  • Listen to Artist Radio from more places by long-pressing artist names in your collection.
  • Enjoy music longer with improved battery performance.

Please let us know how these new updates are working for you (and what you’d like to see in the future). Post your feedback in our Android forum.

The Android app changelog is also posted here.

∞  July 29, 2010 — 12:00AM

Music

Without knowing it, this week’s

Without knowing it, this week’s New Music Tuesday would fit nicely in a summer-themed playlist. Surf-rock, catchy dance remixes and breezy jams are peppered between more moody love songs. Sample these new releases and put a little sunshine in your Heavy Rotation.

Brazilian crooner Seu Jorge and his band Almaz cover classics from Kraftwerk and Michael Jackson, to old Brazilian standards in their new album.

Noisy, upbeat, dramatic, sad—there’s bound to be something you like in Portland rockers Menomena’s 4th album, Minds.

The man behind Owl City puts away his electronic bleeps and bloops in favor of a more acoustic sound. Will you like Sky Sailing’s love-centric ballads?

If you’re looking for a summer roadtrip soundtrack, reserve The Best Coast’s Crazy for You for the beach portion of your journey.

You. Make. Me. Feel Like I’m Living A. Teen. Age. Dream. Thank you, Katy Perry, for indulging in our collective Teenage Dream, the second single from her upcoming album of the same name.

Just when you thought you overplayed LCD Soundsystem’s latest album, This is Happening, out comes I Can Change and You Wanted a Hit remixes from Tiga, Soulwax and Stereogamous.

Honorable mentions:

If you want to see all the newest releases in the Rdio catalog, check out the New Releases page—queue, playlist and review the day away.

∞  July 27, 2010 — 12:00AM

RT @wiseacre Big Lebowski fans

RT @wiseacre Big Lebowski fans and people on @rdio, you now have a definitive soundtrack; go and partake: http://is.gd/dClD8

∞  July 23, 2010 — 12:00AM

RT @squaregirl This ‘Commercial Appeal’

RT @squaregirl This ‘Commercial Appeal’ playlist on @rdio is the bombizzle diggity shizzle fo’rizzle : http://bit.ly/9MqeAb

∞  July 22, 2010 — 12:00AM

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Rdio for Android: Now with your Dashboard

Since the Rdio for Android (beta) was released, it has seen big changes. Our most recent update includes a dashboard with Heavy Rotation, Queue and History screens. You can also do more on artist pages—play artist radio, and view popular albums and songs. Head over to the Android Market and update to enjoy these new features.

Have you been using the Rdio for Android (beta) app? We’d love to hear how how it is working for you. Post your feedback in our Android forum: http://help.rdio.com/discussions/android

∞  July 21, 2010 — 12:00AM

Music

It’s Tuesday — embrace the

It’s Tuesday — embrace the week ahead with this selection of bright new tunes. This music is ready to find a home in your Heavy Rotation or if it’s lucky, your Collection.

From the reggae + dancehall dedicated braintrust of DJ/producers Diplo and Switch, Lazers Never Die is Major Lazer’s newest EP featuring M.I.A., a Thom Yorke remix, Mr. Vegas and Buraka Som Sistema.

Rick Ross wants you to listen to his new album, Teflon Don. You wouldn’t want to make Rick Ross upset, would you?

Want to make your summer less like that boring 9-5 job and more like the Jersey Shore? Here’s the perfect collection of tunes straight from the scandalous t.v. show. It’s exactly what you’d expect, featuring music from Taio Cruz, Lil Jon and the show’s own DJ Pauly D.

Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox creates music as Panda Bear. His second album is almost ready and if these two songs are any indication, it can’t come out soon enough.

Tiësto breaks out Feel It In My Bones, a song from his latest album featuring indie pop sisters Tegan and Sara. If you liked it the first time, chances are you’ll love these remixes and alternate versions.

Child violin virtuoso grows up and does an album of classical music inspired rock songs from bands like Nirvana, Aerosmith and Metallica.

Honorable Mentions:

If you want to find more great music, browse Rdio’s new releases, check out what’s topping the charts or see what’s recommended just for you.

∞  July 20, 2010 — 12:00AM

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Update: Rdio for Android

If you love the Rdio Android app, we’ve got great news for you — it’s even better! Our intrepid developers released an updated version to the Android Marketplace last night, so be sure to get the latest.

What can you expect?

Search and sort by albums, artists and songs, view all available albums on artist pages, and sync playlists by long-pressing the playlist title. Additionally, long-pressing albums and songs lets you add them to your collection or sync to mobile. And finally, you can add an Rdio widget to your home screen.

Sounds awesome, right?

Get that phone out and visit the Market right now to install the newest Rdio Android App.

∞  July 16, 2010 — 12:00AM

Music

We practiced last week but

We practiced last week but today we’re officially kicking off New Music Tuesday with four new releases, plus one bonus catalog gem. Swing by the blog every Tuesday for a smattering of the newest songs and albums playing in our ears and in the office.

Perhaps overshadowed by the untimely passing of Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, Dark Night of the Soul remains an intriguing collaboration between Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse. Hear what they created with the help of The Flaming Lips, David Lynch, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, Iggy Pop and many more.

If you liked her recent single, XXXO, M.I.A.’s newest album, /\/\/\Y/\, is ready for a test drive. Will her newest music vehicle be a lemon or an instant classic?

Perhaps you’re not familiar with Will Holland of Quantic. That’s OK — take the time now for a proper introduction to his newest project, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno. Dog with a Rope might be the perfect warm weather soundtrack — a little bit mambo, hip-hop and reggae, and as NPR said, “These juxtapositions can be startling, but they never feel out of place.”

Darius Rucker… why does that name sound so familiar? To jog your memory, he was the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish! Since that time, he’s made a name for himself with a resurrected career in country music. Curiosity piqued? We’ve got his first new single, Come Back Song.

Wish you could vacation in Graceland? Are you Still Crazy After All These Years? Were you childhood best friends with Rhymin’ Simon? Then point your browser to Paul Simon’s artist page. You have the pick of his catalog right there. (Were you more of a Simon fan when he was with Garfunkel? We have that too.)

If you love what you’ve heard so far, be sure to check out New Releases on Rdio. These tunes are ripe for the picking—add them to your queue, a playlist or write a review to spread the good word.

∞  July 13, 2010 — 12:00AM

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Rdio for Android (beta) is here

“Hey, when’s your Android app gonna be ready?” is one of the questions we hear the most. And now we have a better answer than “soon” — in fact, we can say “today” because Rdio for Android (Beta) is now available in the Android Market.

Why beta?

It’s important to note that the app is in beta. Major functionality is available, and we’ve tested it on a variety of devices and versions of Android, but there’s still more to do — we wanted to get it in your hands as soon as possible. We’ll keep working on it so expect frequent updates, and don’t install it if you can’t live with the occasional quirk or even crash.

What does it do?

Rdio for Android (beta) lets you browse and listen to your collection and playlists. You can also search for (and play) any song on Rdio. Even better, you can sync music (songs, albums and playlists) and listen when you’re offline. So if your commute is an Internet-less subterranean subway ride, or you’re on a mile-high cross-country flight, Rdio will happily play the music you’ve synced.

How do I get it?

From your Android device, visit www.rdio.com or follow this link — it requires Android 1.6 or newer, though we’re working on 1.5 support.

You still need an invite to register for Rdio, but our mobile apps (including iPhone and BlackBerry) are available during Rdio’s free trial, and for all Rdio Unlimited subscribers.

If you’re already done with your free 3-day trial, you can verify your account to extend the free trial — or you can subscribe to Rdio Unlimited for $9.99/month. All subscriptions are month-to-month and you can cancel anytime, if you find it’s not for you. If you have an Rdio Web subscription, you can easily upgrade.

Feedback

We’d love to hear how Rdio for Android (beta) is working for you, especially if you’re encountering bugs and issues you can consistently reproduce. Please post your feedback in our Android forum: http://help.rdio.com/discussions/android

∞  July 12, 2010 — 12:00AM

You don’t need us to

You don’t need us to tell you what good music is — you’re already following your friends and other people with great taste in music to do just that. But still, so much new music is added to Rdio every week, and since it may take a little while for new releases to appear on your radar, we thought we’d take some of the guess work out of the freshest music on Rdio. So join us today and each Tuesday to hear more about a handful of our favorite new releases on Rdio.

Be the first kid on your block to hear these four great new releases:


OutKast’s Big Boi strikes out on his own with Sir Luscious Left Foot… The Son of Chico Dusty, his debut solo album. It’s a summer fun album but you will want to repeat the infectiously catchy “Shine Blockas” year-round.


Did you skip watching Kanye’s performance at this year’s BET Awards? Same here. It’s probably more fun to listen to his redeeming new single, “Power,” and imagine him standing on a volcano.


Not just the name of Old 97’s new EP, a mimeograph is old-school copy machine. How appropriate since this release, Mimeograph, features covers of The Rolling Stones, The Fratellis, R.E.M. and David Bowie.


If you’re ready for the reinvention of an old favorite, Au Revoir Simone’s 2009 album Still Night, Still Light gets the remix treatment in Night Light by musicians like Neon Indian and Jens Lekman.

∞  July 9, 2010 — 12:00AM