October 2012

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New Rdio Beta Mobile App for Android

Rdio For Android

We're inviting our tech savvy users to be the first to try the beta version of our new Android app and help us shape the next generation of Rdio for Android.

As a beta tester, you’ll notice an updated look and feel, including a redesigned player, new side-bar navigation, and a new remote control feature. During the beta period, we will be continuously refining and improving the app, so expect frequent updates as your feedback comes in. It’s important to note that if you choose to beta test, the beta app download will replace your existing Rdio app, and quickly migrate your synced music.

Rdio Android users can participate in the beta and share their thoughts directly with us. To become a beta tester, simply join the Android Google Group. From there, you can download and install the app on your Android device and leave feedback.

We’ll let you know when Rdio for Android will be available for everyone on Google Play.


Rdio Live Comes to New York October 20th

Rdio Live NY

Rdio Live, our live music event lands in New York on Saturday, October 20th. From 1pm to 6pm, two stages will feature bands we love at one of our favorite venues, Union Pool in Brooklyn. It’s free and no RSVP is required. Spend a Saturday afternoon discovering your next Heavy Rotation artists.

The lineup includes:

2:00 pm: Emma Louise
3:00 pm: The Lost Brothers
4:00 pm: Jesse Harris

2:30 pm: IO Echo
3:30 pm: Citizens!
4:30 pm: The Luyas
Rdio Live NY 2012 Flyer

Developer App

Developer App: SoundReady


See the setlist before the band even takes the stage with the help of this month’s Developer App. SoundReady creates a playlist predicting an artist’s upcoming show.

SoundReady analyzes the artist’s trends and past setlists from Setlist.fm to surmise future performances. Want to find out if Lady Gaga will play your jam live? Enter her name and SoundReady will list her bio and upcoming tour dates along with the predicted setlist. Listen to the mix, recreate the playlist on Rdio, and share it with your concert buddies. Follow SoundReady on Twitter for updates.

Want to learn more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and start building. Feel free to check out our sample code and libraries on Github and join our API Google Group. Need more incentive? You can even earn some cash via the Rdio Affiliate Program.


Hear Papa Roach’s Current Favorite Tunes on their New Rdio Playlist


Melodic hard rock outfit Papa Roach have maintained their edge by continually shifting their sound. The band have covered diverse territory, incorporating elements of rock, metal, hip-hip, and yes, pop into their sound across the years, and their new album, The Connection, finds the band revisiting them all.

What are Papa Roach listening to now? It’d be hard to pinpoint had they not compiled their Current Favorites into a handy playlist for fans. Listen to what the band is blasting now:


He’s My Brother She’s My Sister Comment on their Debut, “Nobody Dances in This Town”

He's My Brother Photo

‘60s-channeling quintet He’s My Brother She’s My Sister fuse rock’n’roll, soul, folk, and blues into the kind of swinging tunes that make people want to dance. Maybe that’s why the Los Angeles band named their new debut Nobody Dances in This Town.

With all those influences, it’s a wonder the fivesome were able to agree on the band’s sound, but their Rdio-exclusive Commentary Version of the album might illuminate the process. Below, hear track-by-track discussions by the band members about what went into their long-awaited debut:

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - October 9, 2012


This week’s New Music Tuesday is a little loud: hardcore heroes Converge, new Sub Pop-signees Metz, and epic prog-punk maestros Coheed and Cambria all have new albums out this week, as do Canuck indie rock troupe Ladyhawk and Odd Future hip-hop associates Mellowhype.

There’s more, too: Listen to the New Music Tuesday playlist below, and read our Playlist Notes on more of the week’s big releases. Then, round out your listening experience with more from the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Deadmau5 - >album title goes here<
    Yes, that’s the album title, but the dance music maestro might as well have titled it >guests go here< — it features Cypress Hill, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, and Imogen Heap, among others.

  • Tame Impala - Lonerism
    The psychedelic indie rockers follow up their breakout debut with an album on which the band took their time to “indulge,” and record from home. Expectations are high — how will Lonerism compare to Innerspeaker?

  • Citizens! - Here We Are
    This London-based dance-rock outfit have the thumbs-up of Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, who produced their groovy debut, so give ‘em your ears.

  • Rihanna - “Diamonds”
    Rihanna’s new one is a piano-based stomper that builds to a grand climax, and finds the singer bellowing powerfully in a lower register than her usual soprano. We sense a new album...

∞  October 9, 2012 — 10:00AM


Dent May "Gives Us The Night" on his New Rdio Playlist

Dent May

Anyone who's listened to singer-songwriter Dent May's new album, Do Things, knows he's no stranger to love songs, but his usually come served as a ukulele ditty; not over woozy strings and delicate piano. That doesn't mean he isn't a fan! His new playlist, Give Me The Night, finds the songwriter demonstrating his taste for the sensuous, via artists like George Benson, Brandy, and Dru Hill, amongst others.

Dim the lights and listen below:

∞  October 5, 2012 — 11:00AM


Little Big Town Share their Pre-Show “Dressing Room Playlist”


Since 1998, Little Big Town have been making the kind of down-home country twang that gets feet tapping and hearts warming. The foursome are currently touring their fifth and latest album, Tornado, and they need inspiration on the road — that’s why they play their Rdio Dressing Room Playlist.

The playlist includes some unexpected picks — blues-rock buzzmakers Alabama Shakes, troubadour John Mayer, and swaggering pop outfit Maroon 5, to name a few. Find out why the band picked each song and artist in the notes below. Go ahead and play the mix; just don’t be surprised if you feel like belting out a few country tunes afterwards.

  • Alabama Shakes – "Hold On"
    So much soul on this record... can’t wait to see them live.

  • Jack White - "Love Interruption"
    The sound is bare and bold. Love the lyrics and the vocals.

  • Pistol Annies – "Takin' Pills"
    These girls are the good kind of crazy. We love hanging with them.

  • fun. – "Some Nights"
    I guess with a band name like this you can’t make downer music. This track will make you feel good.

  • Eric Church – "Creepin’"
    We’re huge fans of the whole Chief record, but this is one of our favorites.

  • John Mayer – "Born and Raised"
    Maybe the best thing he’s ever written. These lyrics are stunning.

  • Maroon 5 - "One More Night"
    The perfect end of summer jam.

  • Eli Young Band – "Say Goodnight"
    We love hearing these guys play every night. It’s been a pleasure to tour with them.

  • Josh Thompson – "Comin' Around"
    Josh is a friend, and this is just good country music.

  • The Lumineers - "Stubborn Love"
    The blend of folk, gospel, and country music in this is perfection.

  • Jerrod Neimann – "Shinin' on Me"
    This will make you want a margarita in your hand. Love the horns.

  • James Morrison - "One Life"
    The sentiment we all want to live by.

  • Shovels and Rope – "Birmingham"
    A friend introduced us to this band and now we can’t stop listening.

  • Florence and the Machine – "Shake It Out"
    Epic and spiritual.

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New Music Tuesday - October 2, 2012


Swedish pop chanteuse Taken By Trees, art-pop pianist Tori Amos, garage rockers The Vaccines and hip-hop vet Prince Paul hold enough sway to fulfill any New Music Tuesday, but as per usual, there’s still a lot more musical goodness to get you through the week.

The New Music Tuesday playlist is below; listen while you read the Playlist Notes, and don’t forget to browse all of the new titles in the Rdio New Releases.

Playlist Notes

  • Matt & Kim - Lightning
    The happy-go-lucky dance duo are back with their latest feel-good album, recorded in their Brooklyn apartment. Try to keep your foot still for this one.

  • Cher Lloyd - Sticks + Stones
    The UK singer already has four charting singles under her belt, but she’s making a statement with her debut album, which she calls a “jukebox” for it’s genre-hopping tracklist.

  • The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
    Folksy yarn-spinner John Darnielle has been called one of the best lyricists of our time. His new album features multi-part vocal harmonies and exquisite string arrangements, and is about outcasts; How could it not be beautiful?

  • Soundgarden - “Been Away Too Long”
    For ‘90s grunge lovers, doesn’t the title say it all?

∞  October 2, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Announcing the Rdio Artist Program

Rdio Artist Program

We’re committed to supporting the artist community and the music industry as a whole. That’s why today we’re launching the Rdio Artist Program — the first program of its kind, offering an innovative new model for artists to directly earn money from streaming music.

Scissor Sisters, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg), Chromeo, A-Trak and Brendan Benson — already fans of Rdio — are among the first artists to join the program. Now through the Rdio Artist Program, any artist can share their music and the music they love with their followers and be rewarded for fan engagement.

The Rdio Artist Program is active in all countries where Rdio is available, and any artist with an existing artist page is eligible to join. To learn more, visit the Artist Program page.