January 2013

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Exclusives

Hear Electric Guest’s Intimate Rdio Live Set

Electric Guest

Last August, L.A. indie pop darlings Electric Guest played a super intimate show for die-hard fans at San Francisco’s Monarch — even staying long after the set was finished to sign custom Mark Weaver posters for everyone.

The five-song set is now available as Electric Guests’ Rdio Live installment. Listen to hear tunes taken from the group’s debut album Mondo.

∞  January 8, 2013 — 12:00PM

MusicNew Music Weekly

New Music Tuesday - January 8, 2013

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2013 is off to a huge bang with new releases to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. Legendary experimental rockers Pere Ubu are back with their fifteenth album, while indie pop group Thorcraft Cobra drop their debut LP. Electronic artist Broadcast soundtracks a British thriller about a horror composer, while fellow UK act Skeewiff keeps things uplifting and cheeky.

But that’s just the tip of the tunes you will hear in our New Music Tuesday playlist of treats. Check out the Playlist Notes below for some pointers toward this week’s heavy hitters, and visit the complete collection of Rdio New Releases to hear everything that’s come out. Ready for all this newness? Press play!


PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Chris Tomlin - Burning Lights
    The American Christian contemporary singer emerges in the new year with an eighth studio album of songs of faith and devotion.

  • Dropkick Murphys - Signed and Sealed with Blood
    The Celtic punk group’s eighth studio album comes complete with rousing singalong songs and a campaign to get fans to ink the cover art on their bodies.

  • Black Veil Brides - Wretched and Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones
    The long-awaited third album from the L.A. glam rockers has already fueled the fury on WWE special Hell in a Cell. The band considers it a more punk effort than what is expected, calling it “Social Distortion meets Metallica.”

  • Hollywood Undead - Notes From The Underground
    The rock-rap crew is back with their terrifying masks and plenty of rhymes on a third album that reflects the first time they’ve had full creative control.

  • Kavinsky - "Protovision"
    The French electro producer’s album OutRun isn’t ready until February, but this charged-up first single provides a peek.

∞  January 8, 2013 — 11:00AM

Exclusives

Bad Religion Debuts "Vanity" on Rdio

Bad Religion

Bad Religion’s brand new track "Vanity" doesn’t officially drop for two weeks, but we’ve got an exclusive preview for your ears only right now. This is the latest taste of the legendary Los Angeles punk band’s sixteenth studio album True North, which will be released on January 22.

Bad Religion’s own Brett Gurewitz is part of our community of worldwide music fans! Follow Brett Gurewitz on Rdio to hear classic punk cuts as well as songs that have been on his Heavy Rotation lately.

Rdio Recommends

Rdio Recommends: December 2012


January is already teeming with new releases, but there are still some songs that we just can’t get out of our heads from the end of the year. Rdio Recommends: December 2012 features those tunes that you loved and the ones that you might have missed in the frenzy of the holidays.

Did we forget your favorite song of December? Review the playlist and let us know what made your Heavy Rotation.

About Rdio Recommends: The first Monday of every month, we’ll review and create a playlist that reflects what we’re enjoying and think you might also like. It is composed entirely of new music from the previous month.

∞  January 7, 2013 — 11:00AM

New Features

New on Rdio: Search by Label

Search by Label

Do you have a favorite record label? Perhaps you love Epitaph’s punk rock outfits, or maybe you feel like bumping Def Jam hip hop hits? Now you can discover music by label on Rdio.

When you start typing in the search box, labels will pop up in addition to artists, albums, songs, playlists, and people. You can narrow down your search results by clicking the Labels filter as well. Once you’ve found your favorite label, just press Play Station to spin their roster.

New FeaturesNews

Rdio App Update for Windows Phone is Here

Rdio Windows Phone


You’ve been asking for it, and now we’ve got it. The Rdio app has been updated with Windows Phone 8 support.

NEW FEATURES

  • Windows Phone 8 compatibility
  • Improved online playback
  • Browse Recommendations
  • Metro interface enhancements

Head over to the Windows Phone Store and download the new Rdio app now. Follow Rdio on Twitter and Facebook, and tell us what you think!

∞  January 3, 2013 — 11:00AM

EventsNew Features

From Rdio Engineering: Rdio Hack Day #4

Rdio engineering recently embarked on their fourth quarterly Hack Day. This is a great opportunity for the team to cook up some cool product ideas and build something fun directly into the product or outside of it using the Rdio API. We’re really excited to share a few of these great accomplishments. Think you’ve got an awesome idea for next Hack Day as well as the engineering chops to build it? Rdio is hiring!

WEB AND DESKTOP APP

Let’s start with some hacks on the core product set. Rdio is available on your web browser or downloadable as a Windows or Mac application.

Buddy System
Julia Chaves built tracking features so that you receive a free month of Rdio whenever a certain number of friends you’ve invited to join Rdio become subscribers.

OSX Rdio Notifications
Jimmy O'Neill added functionality to the Mac desktop application. When someone shares an item with you, it now shows up in the OSX Mountain Lion notification center.

Employee Directory
Jason Norris continued work on his employee directory features from the last Hack Day. An employee info section to profile pages on Rdio was added — and, as a bonus, so was a much desired feature to www.bwaaamp.net so that it can now be installed to your OSX command line.

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Heavy Rotation Hatin’
Ryan Nordman added a remove function to Heavy Rotation to eliminate albums you don’t like without unfollowing people. Manually purge certain albums from your Heavy Rotation by clicking an X button on the album art. Special thanks to Bri Hunziker who provided the icon design.

MOBILE

Rdio lets you take your music with you everywhere. Here are some hacks that were done on Rdio’s suite of mobile apps.

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Offline Search
Raul Agrait added the ability to search your synced Collection while your phone is in offline mode on the mobile app.

Location Tracking
R. Kevin Nelson added an optional setting into the iOS app that, when enabled, shares your location when you play a song by using your phone’s GPS. This data would be used by Rdio’s evil data lords for nefarious purposes — or, it would be aggregated into interesting stats on what’s popular in a specific neighborhood of your city.

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Remote Player Push
Brett Duncavage worked on functionality to push the master player to another app — including web, desktop, and mobile — from any device that is logged into your Rdio account. No more running into the other room if you want Rdio to play on your stereo!

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Better Android Notification Tray Controls
Taylor Perkins improved the Android notification system so that controls remain visible when the music is paused. Larger notifications are implemented on Android devices that support it.

DEVELOPER TOOLS

Some of the team looked inwards and created these hacks to make our engineering team’s day to day lives easier.

Code Review Activity Graphs
Craig Kimerer built a stats dashboard pulling from our code review and bug tracking tool, Phabricator. The dashboard shows stats on who has commented, accepted, and requested changes on patches. It includes a Wall of Shame that features engineers who have not reviewed a patch in the past week.

Rdiobot 2.0
Leslie Chong improved Rdiobot (our Skype bot) by adding the ability to interact with the Skype bot and query it for information. You can now ask Rdiobot for build status or about a specific test to see whether it has failed in the past or not.

Slow Queries Graph
Matt Erkkila created a reporting graph that shows an automated summary of errors and slow queries for all Rdio’s postgres databases. This helps us quickly determine which database queries need the most improvement.

ANALYTICS

Some of the engineers delved into Rdio’s data stores and mined the information for some interesting, new insights.

Zip Code Top Charts
Jonathan Klobucar and Mike Smith teamed up to sift through our play data in order to show popular music by region based on subscribers’ billing zip codes.

Predictive Taste Profiling
Matt Crocker gathered data together to predict the kind of music people like based on their age, gender, and location. He presented a new onboarding flow that suggests music to users when they first join Rdio by using this data to create a predictive profile.

Radio Smoothing
Rob Ferguson tweaked the Collection radio station to better select songs that were similar in genre or mood. He also created an analysis tool that shows you other users who have similar Collections. Lasty, he implemented a feature that lets you save a recent playthrough of a station on Rdio into a playlist to capture the music you just heard.

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Influencer Graph
Jim Fleming made an influencer graph which shows a user’s influence score with their followers. Users received a higher score if they played music shortly before another person in their network.

Annual Retrospective
Brian Ferrell created a page of stats and graphs which showcases a user’s listening habits over the course of the last year such as your favorite artists and songs as well as the amount you listened to each over the course of the year.

API

The Rdio API enables you and other clever people to invent great new ways for listeners to discover, collect, share, and play music. These hacks generally don’t require any privileged insider information about the Rdio service. You can get more info about the Rdio API here.

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Showd.io
Anthony Taranto and Netta Marshall worked on improvements to show data for Showd.io, their project from the last Hack Day. This web app displays nearby concerts in a grid based on your Collection data.

Discoversong
Eugene Efremov further refined his Discoversong service. It now works on Windows Phone, and integrates with Soundhound through Twitter. Discoversong allows you to quickly add a song from Shazam, Soundhound, and other services to an Rdio playlist. Test it out for yourself here.

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Collection Tags
Ian Gilman combined Rdio’s Collection data with Last.fm data to show Last.fm tags on albums from your Collection. This allows you to browse your Collection by tags. You can try it here.

Multiple 2D Collections
Scott Merritt created a web app that gives a more detailed view by album that focuses on the playlists which use the album and the album’s listeners. It also features the ability to have multiple Collections and these Collections allow you to use a 2D grid view where you can layout the album art spatially on the grid.

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Rdio Firehose
Alex Gaynor and Jimmy Krehl worked together to create a new API method that would output every song play on Rdio in a constant stream. They built in a few filters demonstrating the feature’s usefulness such as displaying the most popular song in the last few minutes, hours, or days.

∞  January 2, 2013 — 11:00AM