August 2010

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News

Rdio for iPhone: Now with Dashboard

iPhone users, today is your lucky day — the latest and greatest Rdio for iPhone app has been approved and is now live in the app store.

What’s new? The Dashboard — your faithful web companion is now on your phone and lets you see your network’s Recent Activity and Heavy Rotation. You can also see your own web Queue and Listening History. Other new features include high resolution graphics for the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, and some general bug fixes and tweaks.

So head to the app store, download the newest Rdio for iPhone app, and enjoy these new features.

∞  August 30, 2010 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

Tuesday, Full of Music

It wasn’t hard spotting some of the more notable albums for today’s New Music Tuesday. If you’re in the mood for something fresh, dig in — you’ll find something to love.

Searching for upbeat break-up songs? Find all the uplifting heartbreak and modern motown you can handle on Fitz & The Tantrum’s debut album, Pickin’ Up the Pieces.

Isobel Campbell, who? She may be better known as one member of the lighthearted music collective Belle & Sebastian, but she is a talented songstress in her own right. Listen in as she continues her ascent as a solo artist in Hawk.

If No Age’s new EP, Glitter, is any indication, the world should brace itself for a more mature, less noisy, more refined sound in their next album, Everything in Between. These guys are still a rollicking good time, but they seem to have mellowed. Did you like the noise? Listen to find out if this new music is up to snuff.

The Trigbag Chronicles is a 10 track retrospective of Trentemøller, the Danish musician and producer. It compiles some of his brightest contributions to electronic music in the last decade.

While we still have to wait for Antony & The Johnsons 4th album, Swanlights, you can sample his upcoming offering with the Thank You for Your Love EP. Rounding out this release is a cover of the Bob Dylan song, Pressing On, and John Lennon’s Imagine.

You’ve met California Gurls and already glimpsed Teenage Dreams but now it’s time to dive in and fully embrace Katy Perry’s third full-length album.

Honorable Mentions:

Pro Tip: If you’ve asked Rdio to have more Queen or Miley Cyrus available, you got it.

Still curious as to the new music we might have overlooked? Check out Rdio’s New Releases on your own, and be sure to share your favorites with your friends and followers alike.

∞  August 24, 2010 — 12:00AM

New Features

Finding people to follow just got easier

If you think the ability to follow other people with similarly awesome taste in music is a key part of Rdio, then your network is about to get even better. Mouse over a user’s icon anywhere you find it on Rdio — a review, an album’s recent listeners, your friends’ followers — and you can easily see what is in their Heavy Rotation, their Top Artists and their collection details. And you can be a music snob in the privacy of your own computer and decide to follow them or not, right then and there.

∞  August 23, 2010 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

Tuesday's New Music

Each week, it’s getting harder and harder to whittle down the albums, singles, and EPs we want to share with you on New Music Tuesday. Today’s selection is a balanced mix of new musicians and bands that have been around a while — find something new to add to your collection or share with a friend.

If you aren’t already familiar with her crystal-voiced EP, Why You Runnin’, take the time to introduce your ears to Lissie and her new full-length debut album Catching A Tiger.

Starfucker summed up B-Sides the best on Twitter: “all the bonus tracks from our vinyl are finally going digital on Tuesday as a 5 song EP. Not a new release, but something in the meantime.”

NOFX and The Longest EP is essentially 30 songs from the last 23 years, including outtakes, rarities and out-of-print tracks.

Produced by Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin continues their tradition of indie rock with the third album Let It Sway.

Fan of the slightly bizarre Norwegian group Casiokids? Enjoy a treat today— like this new single En Vill Hest and two accompanying remixes from their most recent release, Topp stemning på lokal bar.

Behold, a new single from The Doobie Brothers called Nobody. Bet you didn’t know they had an album coming up, did you?

Pop Culture Bonus:

Fans of The Wire, you have a brand new album called Contemplations & Remembrances from your favorite actor/musician Lance Reddick, otherwise known as Lt. Cedric Daniels.

For more new music, head to Rdio’s New Releases section and take a moment to browse our ever-expanding catalog.

∞  August 17, 2010 — 12:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Rdio for Android: More Music, Less Typing

Google just announced an exciting update for Android phones — Voice Actions. Why is it so exciting, and what does it mean for Rdio’s Android users? Now you can use Voice Actions to tell your phone what you want to hear, without lifting a finger to your keyboard. Speak an artist’s name, album or song to your phone, and Voice Actions will begin playing it on Rdio. Presto!

To see Voice Actions for Android in action, check out Google’s video introduction to Voice Actions — pay close attention around 1:00:

Download the latest Voice Search from the Android Market to give it a try.

∞  August 12, 2010 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

The Sound of a New Tuesday

Each week, Rdio’s catalog grows with more of your favorite tunes, both old favorites like Frightened Rabbit and the new music found in New Releases. Today’s New Music Tuesday is perhaps the most diverse yet. Hop from reggae to jazzy soul, indie rock to rap. Perhaps your next favorite album from 2010 is hiding in the ranks of this list.

Straight from a Polaris Music Prize nomination, Dan Mangan is ready to win you over with his second album Nice, Nice, Very Nice.

Former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry will soon release his upcoming album Olympia. He offers a taste of what’s to come with the You Can Dance EP, including remixes from Padded Cell and John Monkman.

Infuse your afternoon with some soul-jazz. Queue up The Budos Band’s new album The Budos Band III back-to-back with crooner Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed’s third album Come and Get It for hours of finger-tapping funk.

Whether you think he’s a madman, genius or just a musician, reggae legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is at it again with Revelation, this time with some help from friends George Clinton and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

After releasing his long-awaited Str8 Killa EP, rapper Freddie Gibbs wants you to hear his first single National Anthem.

Honorable Mentions:

There’s more than just these highlights. Take some time and explore all of this week’s New Releases on the website.

∞  August 10, 2010 — 12:00AM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Tuesday, New Music

Today is a big day and not just because of Rdio’s grand opening—it is also New Music Tuesday. Whether you’re brand new to Rdio or have been with us since the start, you’ll find something to love in this week’s batch of new music.

Just when you thought you had outplayed each and every last Lady Gaga song, here comes a breath of fresh air—The Remix. Here with the help of remixes from FrankMusik, Passion Pit and The Sound of Arrows, Lady Gaga’s breakout album The Fame has been reworked and is once again a new listen.

Squeeze re-records their old school classics. Can you Spot the Difference?

An enjoyable listen for the new, casual or hardcore Black Crowes listener, Croweology is full of the same elements that made them popular. Inspired by the 20th anniversary of Shake Your Moneymaker, these 20 acoustic tracks are culled from the band’s hits and lesser-known favorites.

Matthew Dear’s Black City is an unsurprisingly dark take on electronic thumps and trills.

Mulennium features the original 3-man Gov’t Mule line-up live from Atlanta’s Roxy. Whether you were there or not, experience the epic three-hour Y2K New Year’s Eve show . (Listen un-interrupted thanks to Rdio’s new gapless playback.)

Honorable Mentions

For the full list of new music, check out other New Releases on the web.

∞  August 3, 2010 — 12:00AM

News

Today: Rdio Grand Opening!

The days of needing an invite to join Rdio are finally over — starting right now, everyone can sign up and enjoy everything we offer. Simply head over to rdio.com and click one of the big ‘Try Rdio for Free’ buttons, and you’re off.

To make it extra-exciting for both new folks and existing subscribers, that’s not all we can announce today. We’ve got more of what you want: music. Yep, we inked new partnerships, and we’re proud to say that we’re busy adding music from IODA, a leading indie aggregator. IODA distributes music from such luminaries as London Symphony Orchestra, Arts & Crafts and Ghostly International. This is in addition to all the great indie content we already have from IRIS, Finetunes, INgrooves and The Orchard.

But wait, that’s not all! Our friends up north can now join the party, too — yes Canada, that’s you. Sorry it took a little while, but please come on in. Just visit rdio.com, sign up and try it out.

And of course, to play all that great music, we have a set of seriously awesome apps for iPhone (and iPod touch), Android devices and BlackBerry smartphones. They all play music in the background, so you can rock out when you’re writing emails or browsing the Internet. And they all let you sync music so you can play it even when you’re offline.

There are plenty of reasons to try Rdio:

  • Select any and all of our seven million songs and play them, on-demand, as much as you want.
  • Sync as many songs as you can fit on your phone, and play them even when you’re offline (and of course, play everything when you’re online).
  • Follow friends to find new music, rather than staring at an empty search box
  • Find friends from Twitter, Facebook and email
  • Discover music in industry insiders’ Collections and Playlists, such as Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, KCRW Radio, The FADER and XLR8R Magazine

Dive in and you’ll end up spending all day discovering new (and re-discovering old) favorites. It’s people-powered music.

Rdio is available as a free trial, and subscriptions start at $4.99/month for Rdio Web (web-only access), and $9.99/month for Rdio Unlimited which includes mobile access and sync. Try it today.

∞  August 3, 2010 — 12:00AM

New Features

Gapless playback on Rdio's web app

There’s an art to playback, especially when a classic like The Dark Side of the Moon rolls from track to track without interruption. It’s an important part of the listening experience—that’s why we recently rolled out gapless playback on Rdio.com. So give it a whirl, queue up your favorite gapless albums and let us know: does Rdio’s gapless playback stand up to the test?

∞  August 2, 2010 — 12:00AM