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Super Bowl Sound-Off: Are You Team Denver or Team Seattle?

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The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off at NFL Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2. But here at Rdio, we’re ready to battle it out right now with these super playlists supporting each team, featuring music from each squad’s hometown state.

The competition is stiff so we want YOU to weigh in. Share your team’s playlist from our Facebook or Twitter pages. Whichever playlist gets the most shares, retweets, and plays wins the very official status as “most loved team” on Rdio. Now isn’t that worth two minutes of your day?

Go Broncos! features a dream team lineup that includes OneRepublic, The Lumineers, Dead Kennedys, Flobots, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and The Fray. Get ready for red zone action with a no-huddle attack on this Denver soundtrack as you cheer on Peyton Manning and the Rocky Mountain faithful.

Go Seahawks! is aiming for sonic touchdowns with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, and Jimi Hendrix. Pass rush this hard hitting playlist and show Russell Wilson and Seattle’s hopeful that you’ve got their back.

Get your favorite team into the Rdio end zone by sharing these playlists with your friends. Added bonus: When your team takes the championship, you’ll have the perfect music to play during your celebration!

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited or our Family Plan, for mobile on-demand features and ad-free listening everywhere you go.

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Rdio + Shazam Go Global

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We’ve been incredibly stoked about working with Shazam the past year to power music discovery in new and creative ways. Earlier this month we announced our latest integration with Shazam to offer a personal playlist of your Shazamed songs in the Rdio App. This playlist automatically updates with every new song you tag in Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, on Rdio. Music fans can also instantly listen to entire songs on the fly right after tagging them in Shazam by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the app.

Now Rdio and Shazam are taking these integrations around the world to 29 additional countries including France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.

“Working together in major countries across the globe, we are now providing more than 270 million Shazam users the ability to instantly listen to an entire song they just identified exclusively on Rdio and seamlessly build playlists on Rdio,” said Daniel Danker, chief product officer of Shazam.

“Music lovers around the globe can now connect Shazam's tagging feature with Rdio's digital music service. All the songs tagged in Shazam are automatically added to a 'My Shazam Tracks' playlist in Rdio, making it easy to identify, save, and organize their music discoveries,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Rdio and Shazam are at the forefront of how people are discovering new music.”

Here is the complete list of the 35 countries where the Shazam and Rdio integration is now available: United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

Our partnership with Shazam is one of the many ways we are dedicated to bringing the Rdio experience to music lovers everywhere. Paired with our new option to listen to Rdio for free on web or mobile in the United States, we can proudly say the music never stops! And for on-demand listening everywhere you go, upgrade to Rdio Unlimited, our Family Plan, or grab a Student Discount.

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Pass It On: Drag & Share the Music You Love

When you stumble upon music that feels new and noteworthy, the desire to share it with friends comes pretty easily. That’s why we’ve made it simpler than ever to share music you discover on Rdio with the new Drag & Share feature, available on Rdio web and desktop apps.

Here’s how it works: Click the album, playlist, or song you want to share, drag it to the right side of your Rdio screen, and choose how you want to share it — on Twitter, on Facebook, or with a friend on Rdio. You can quickly drag music to a playlist, too.

Whether you’re repping your new jam on Twitter and Facebook or telling your best friend about an album they just gotta hear, Drag & Share is a faster, fun way to spread the word about the music you love. And that’s not a drag at all.

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The GRAMMYs on Rdio: Countdown to Music's Biggest Night

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The countdown is on — In just a few days The 56th Annual GRAMMYs will take over the airwaves on CBS to reveal the big award winners plus a host of blow-out performances and eye popping wardrobe choices.

To get you in the mindset for Music’s Biggest Night, Follow The GRAMMYs on Rdio and check out their exclusive playlists for this year’s nominations, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Want more? Listen to a sampling of all the nominees including 52 songs from a variety of artists like Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and many more.

Will Keith Urban sweep the country categories this year? The 56th GRAMMYs: Country Field Nominees features the superstar singer alongside colleagues such as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Tim McGraw.

When it’s time to turn things up and move your body, put on 56th GRAMMYs: Dance Field Nominees. The set features EDM stars like Rdio Influencer Armin Van Buuren, ZEDD, Kaskade, and Calvin Harris. The competition is stiff this year, but it’s all love on the dancefloor.

The 56th GRAMMYs: Pop Field Nominees brings together megastars like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and newcomer Lorde. Who’s your pick for ultimate pop champ this year?

You can also listen to this year’s nominees and winners through the official GRAMMYs app powered by Rdio available for free download in the iTunes store.

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Influencer Spotlight: Armin van Buuren

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Long, long before the term EDM was coined, the popular Dutch DJ, producer, label owner, and radio host Armin van Buuren was captivating international dance floors and furthering the trance movement.

He continues to receive major acclaim for his work. His YouTube views number in the hundreds of millions and he was recently voted the second top DJ in the world by DJ Magazine, an annual ranking he’s topped five separate times and been included in for a dozen years. To top it all off — Armin is also an active member of the Rdio community who generously shares his playlists and passion for trance music with everyone.

Follow Armin van Buuren on Rdio and you won’t miss a beat, starting with these two exclusive playlists:

Who’s Afraid of 138? gets the heart pumping with almost three hours of trance music for die-hards, a set based on his own single of the same name and likeminded vibes.

A State of Trance Radio captures the tone and feeling of Armin’s weekly radio program that he has hosted since 2001. It has an estimated listenership of 20 million listeners across 50 countries and over 40 radio stations through both satellite and Internet radio stations.

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Keep The Music Playing: Rdio is Now Free on the Web

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If you love something, set it free. Well, we couldn't agree more. So starting today Rdio is free in the U.S. on the web. That means you can listen to 20 million songs plus all the albums, playlists, and stations you love anywhere there’s a computer. Absolutely free.

As part of this update, we’ve added in-stream messaging to Rdio on the web. These new ads are short and sweet. Free listeners will hear a mix of new feature announcements, messages from partner brands, notifications about exclusive content, and other helpful tips.

Our ad-free option, Rdio Unlimited, will still be available for $9.99 a month for mobile and web access. If you’re already an Rdio Unlimited subscriber, your listening experience will stay exactly the same.

And don’t forget that Stations are always free on your phone. So now you can hear music you love, whether you’re walking around town or listening through your computer, without paying a thing.

To celebrate our new found freedom, we figured there is no better mode of expression than music. Turn up these songs and let freedom reign:

New to Rdio? Start listening for free right now. Want the most of your Rdio experience? Upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for mobile on-demand features and ad-free listening.

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Influencer Spotlight: Skylar Grey

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If you don’t know Skylar Grey, well, you should. As a five-time Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Skylar Grey has long been a secret weapon of today’s hottest music stars, a true musician’s musician. She co-wrote “I Love The Way You Lie” for Eminem and Rihanna — the biggest-selling single of 2010 — and she co-wrote and performed on Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor,” which earned two Grammy nominations.

If you were to keep count, the songs Skylar has touched have sold over 25 million copies across the world. Her versatility as an artist has allowed her to cross genres into a wide sensation where she has crafted or appeared on songs for the likes of Will.i.am, Cee-Lo, Lupe Fiasco, Diddy-Dirty Money, Zedd and Kaskade. You can hear her own take on some of these tracks on The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey.

Fresh off a hot performance with Eminem on Saturday Night Live, we are thrilled to welcome Skylar into the Rdio community as an Influencer to share her own exclusive playlists with you. Her first contribution is Skylar’s Rockin’ Playlist, an upbeat set that features her pal Eminem, current pop hits by One Republic and No Doubt, and captures her love for strong female soloists like Fiona Apple, Angel Haze, Alanis Morrissette, and Tori Amos.

Follow Skylar Grey on Rdio to catch all her upcoming playlists and music recommendations.

Rdio + Shazam: Making Playlist Magic Together

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Last year, we teamed up with Shazam to make it easier than ever to listen to music you discover at clubs, shops and restaurants with the Listen Free on Rdio link, available from Shazam’s Tag screen. Now we’re taking our integration one step further with the latest Shazam mobile update, available on Android and iOS. Connect your Rdio account in a few simple steps and all of your Shazamed songs will be added to a new playlist in Rdio called “My Shazam Tracks.” And the playlist will automatically update with every new song you Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, through the Rdio app.

The Shazam playlist feature is exclusive to Rdio and instantly ready for you to use. Just update to the latest version of the Shazam app, connect your Rdio account, and your playlist awaits!

This integration is the latest example of one of our developer partners extending the Rdio experience through our powerful, best-in-class API. Over a thousand developers are actively creating a huge variety of apps using the Rdio API, making it easier for Rdio users to discover new music, attend concerts, create playlists, listen collaboratively, learn about their favorite artist, and more. Check out our API Gallery for more innovative examples of the Rdio API at work.

The latest Shazam update is available in both Free and Encore versions for iOS and Android. To connect your account, follow the instructions in your Shazam newsfeed or go to your Shazam settings and select Connect to Rdio.