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Rdio in the dashboard: Jaguar and Land Rover drivers can now take their tunes on the road

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In January, we announced an exclusive global partnership with Bosch to bring Rdio into the dashboards of vehicles that support Bosch’s mySPIN infotainment system. As of July 1, we’re excited to announce that Rdio Unlimited subscribers can now use Rdio directly within their Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

Rdio is the first in-car on-demand music streaming service to be included within Jaguar and Land Rover’s InControl Apps platform. InControl connects the vehicle directly to the Rdio app on your phone safely and instantly, making a seamless transition from earbuds to car speakers. Our award-winning user experience has been re-thought from the ground up to take full advantage of the InControl platform, delivering the best in-car experience around. No more fiddling with the phone—now you can easily and safely access your Rdio features directly in the dash, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists, and favorites—online or offline.

To take the music on the road with you, simply download Jaguar or Land Rover InControl from either the Google Play or Apple's App Store and enable Rdio. Rdio Unlimited listeners can take advantage of this partnership today. Support for Rdio’s free and Select tiers will be integrated later this year.

∞  July 21, 2015 — 8:57AM

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Music, Tuned to Your Living Room: It’s Easy With Rdio’s New Amazon Fire TV App

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Now there are even more ways to enjoy the music on Rdio from your easy chair. We— along with our partner Amazon—are proud to announce Rdio for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick!

Amazon Fire TV connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment, offering on demand music, movies, TV episodes, photos, games, and more. Rdio has long been available on Fire phones and tablets, and with the addition of Fire TV, Rdio is now supported across the entire Amazon Fire device family.

As soon as you open the Rdio app, you’ll be instantly welcomed by an all-new design, built specifically for TV, with all the music that interests you front and center. Rdio’s immersive design lends itself naturally to your TV screen. The music will look as good as it sounds.

Whether you’re a free stations listener or an Rdio Unlimited subscriber, you’ll enjoy the same features you already know and love. And if you’re not currently an Rdio listener, you can sign up directly through the app.

Some of the features you’ll enjoy with the Amazon Fire TV app include:

  • Home. Start with your dynamic Home screen and easily access recently played songs, your own station (You FM), find out what’s new and trending, get recommendations, and discover top stations.

  • Collection. Access all your favorite stations, albums, songs, playlists, and more.

  • Browse Stations. Choose from any of Rdio’s expertly curated stations.

  • Search. Easily navigate Rdio’s catalog of over 35 million songs.

    Rdio is available in the Amazon Fire app store today.

∞  June 22, 2015 — 5:37AM

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Introducing Rdio Select: Enhanced Stations and Your Choice of Songs to Play Anytime. Only $3.99/month.

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We're thrilled to announce a brand new way to enjoy your favorite music, combining radio and on-demand listening for one low price. With Rdio Select, enjoy endless ad-free stations on your mobile device and keep 25 mobile downloads to play anytime.

As an Rdio Select subscriber, you can:

  • Enjoy endless stations based on any artist, song, genre, and more, along with You FM, your own personalized station, with no ads or skip limits on mobile and coming soon to other devices, such as Roku, Sonos, and Chromecast.

  • Keep 25 mobile downloads at any one time to play whenever you want, even offline. Newest downloads automatically replace the oldest ones, and you can replace your 25 downloads up to once per day.

  • Kickstart your downloads with 10 track Rdio-promoted playlists featuring curation from artists like Mumford & Sons and Best Coast and tastemakers like NPR Music and Rolling Stone. Plus get daily playlist recommendations for a wide variety of genres, moods and occasions.

  • Enjoy higher quality audio. Listen at pristine 320 kbps.

On the web, enjoy the same ad-supported streaming offered in our free plan.

All this for just $3.99 a month. For a limited time only, get your first 60 days free when you subscribe.

Subscribe to Rdio Select now. Read the full press release here.

∞  May 14, 2015 — 5:00AM

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Experience the San Francisco Giants on Rdio

Today marks the opening of the world champion San Francisco Giants season. After winning the last World Series, this team is unstoppable! Rdio is thrilled to be the exclusive streaming music service for the team for 2015. During all 81 home games, you'll discover musical moments inside the ballpark with special in-game features using Rdio.

Inside of Rdio, press play on the new and free San Francisco Giants radio station at rdio.com/sfgiants. You’ll hear a fun lineup of classic baseball anthems like Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love” alongside the latest walk-up songs from star pitchers like Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. Fans can also follow the team at rdio.com/people/sfgiants where they’ll be revealing exclusive playlists throughout the season, including their first selection below. We Are SF, We Are Giant!

∞  April 6, 2015 — 12:59PM

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Mice Better Have My Money

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Everyone here at Rdio couldn't be more excited to announce our partnership with the most famous cats on the block! We've teamed up with founders Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, Piano Cat, I Can Has Cheezburger cat, Maru, and Nyan Cat, to release a new service specifically for cats.

After meeting up for dinner in LA, (after The Grammys) the cats decided they'd had enough of being misrepresented in the music world and needed to close the gap. Their goal was to bring their fellow felines access to kitty curated tracks. Thus, Rdio-Meowz was born.

In celebration, purr to the "Meow Mix" station, and welcome Rdio-Meowz.

∞  April 1, 2015 — 6:00AM

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Movie's Biggest Night Recap - “Glory” Wins on Rdio Plus All Our Top 10 Soundtracks and Songs

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Lady Gaga may have stolen the show last night at the Academy Awards with her medley of songs from “The Sound of Music,” but on Rdio, it was “Glory” by John Legend and Common from the film “Selma” that leaped to the top of our charts. Streams of the song spiked over 250% in the 3 hours after the broadcast. Other big winners on Rdio were Alexandre Desplat’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which took home the Oscar for Best Original Score and Antonio Sanchez's jazzy soundtrack to “Birdman” which won multiple awards, including Best Picture.

To celebrate cinema’s biggest night, we looked at overall film content on Rdio over the past year. Hans Zimmer’s score to Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film, “Interstellar” earned the title of “Most Popular Original Score,” while the contagious anthem, “Everything Is Awesome,” from “The Lego Movie,” performed last night by Tegan and Sara, The Lonely Island, Questlove + Devo won “Most Played Oscar Nominee.” The pop-laden soundtrack to YA series, “Divergent” featuring Ellie Goulding and ZEDD scored our most popular soundtrack on Rdio.

Whether you prefer film scores or songs, turn on our free Movie Stations to listen to some of the most popular film music on Rdio.

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Celebrate Placebo’s 20-Year Anniversary With A Catalog of Reissues

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UK heroes Placebo are in the spotlight all this week here on Rdio as we celebrate their catalog, available for streaming for the first time. Listen to two decades of the band’s success with daily reissues of their vital catalog. Seven of Placebo’s albums (all but 2013’s Loud Like Love) are back to introduce to a whole new generation of listeners. Start the Placebo party with their 1996 self-titled debut, 1998’s Without You I’m Nothing, and 2000’s Black Market Music.

On Thursday, they will release 2003’s Sleeping With Ghosts; Friday, 2006’s Meds, Saturday, 2009’s Battle for the Sun and finally Sunday, Covers, the latter originally released as a bonus disc with Sleeping With Ghosts.

Throughout the band’s life, Placebo has continually defied categorization, throwing off initial pegs as a glam rock act to show an incredible diversity. You’ll hear this legacy unfold over the course of these albums and through the many bands that have been influenced by Placebo.

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Rdio Partners with AXS Ticketing: Concertgoers Will Automatically be Eligible to Receive Free 30-Day Trial of Rdio Unlimited

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Today, in the US, we’re pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with AXS, an AEG joint venture. Now all AXS.com ticket buyers will automatically be eligible to receive a free, trial subscription to Rdio Unlimited. This deep integration with the live music experience will allow direct engagement with fans, notifying you immediately when new music from bands you’ve enjoyed live is added to our catalog and will help you discover new music that is similar to the artists for whom you’ve purchased concert tickets. Each new Rdio account will be personalized based on prior concert purchases in order to create the best listening experience, bringing artists and their fans closer together.

“We are thrilled to partner with AXS to provide millions of concert goers access to our vast music library of over 32 million songs through this seamless integration with the live performance purchase experience,” said Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio. “Rdio’s music discovery features and unlimited streaming service will provide AXS customers a unique and always‑on experience that is second only to hearing your favorite music live.”

Rdio Unlimited will be offered as a free, 30-day trial during the ticket checkout process on AXS.com. The trial period will not start until you activate your account, including by downloading the app or playing a song on Rdio.com. Integrated billing through AXS.com will make it simple to extend your Rdio Unlimited subscriptions beyond the trial period if you choose not to cancel. New users who choose not to receive the free trial of Rdio Unlimited, will receive access to our free ad-supported Internet radio service, offering a wide range of curated and personalized stations.

This innovative partnership is believed to be the first between a major live event company and a music streaming service, connecting passionate concert-going music fans closer to the benefits of music streaming. It’s just another way that we’re bringing music to you everywhere.

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Beck Streams Up Almost 1000% After GRAMMY® Wins

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Last night, before, during and after the GRAMMYs®, you turned on Rdio to hear more of the night's top performers and winners, including Beck, St. Vincent and Sam Smith. Streams of Beck were up almost 1000% after the 16-time GRAMMY® nominated singer accepted his awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album and then later performed “Heart is a Drum” with Chris Martin.

Who were the big winners on Rdio during The 57th GRAMMY® Awards?

1. Beck
-Winner of Album of the Year and Best Rock Album
-Performed “Heart is a Drum"
-Streams of Beck increased by almost 1000%

2. St. Vincent
-Nominated and won 1 Award (Best Alternative Music Album)
-Streams of St. Vincent increased by 265% following her win**

3. Sam Smith
-Winner of 4 Awards (Record of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artists, Best Pop Vocal Album)
-Performed “Stay With Me"
-Streams of Sam Smith increased by 152%.

Congratulations to all the winners! From bluegrass and jazz to dance, r&b and pop, be sure to check out our 2015 GRAMMY® Winners Station on Rdio.

(Please note, Rdio compared 7 hours prior to the East Coast broadcast of the Grammy’s and 7 hours after the East Coast broadcast began.)

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Rdio Expands To 24 New International Markets

Today, we’re pleased to announce our expansion across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Through our exclusive partnership with mobile phone network provider Digicel, Rdio will be available in 24 new markets and an additional seven regions.

In the coming weeks, Digicel will offer all prepaid data customers 30 minutes of free Rdio Internet radio listening per day on their mobile phones without accruing data usage charges – all through the exclusive partnership. Digicel will also be collaborating closely with us to infuse local influence in each of our new territories, curating playlists and stations together with Digicel Brand Ambassadors in each country and territory. Through this unprecedented arrangement, listeners in each market will have convenient access to popular music from around the world in addition to local artists they already enjoy.

Effective today, Rdio is available in the following new markets: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. In addition to the new markets where Rdio is launching, Rdio’s exclusive partnership with Digicel is effective in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Martinique, Bonaire, El Salvador and Panama.

This latest expansion continues our vision to deliver the best music streaming experience on mobile phones, on the web, and on connected devices to an expanding international audience. If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com or download our apps for iOS and Android to enjoy music tuned to you.