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Rdio Partners with The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir to Improve Streaming Audio Quality

Music is our passion at Rdio. We believe music is more than just a background beat. It's an expression of our moods, encompasses our personal stories, and has always been and always will be one of the most powerful and shareable forms of art.

As a reflection of that passion, Rdio has aligned with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on an initiative called “Artists For Quality.” Our joint mission is to ignite and lead discussions on inequity in streaming audio quality, and to commit to both artists and music fans to establish the highest standard of streaming quality in the digital music space.

As the initial step in this program, Rdio has begun to convert its entire existing catalog to the AAC format and will deliver 320KbPS as our new standard — without increasing our price. In addition, and as part of our ongoing commitment to the artist community, Rdio will work closely with artists and labels from around the world to continue to raise the bar higher on streaming quality where sufficient network bandwidth exists, and to improve stream delivery in markets around the world where network quality and bandwidth are often inconsistent.

Through Bob Weir and his network of friends, from music legends to top emerging artists, we are looking forward to working together to ensure that Rdio delivers the best possible audio quality option to both artists and music fans.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about this important and exciting venture.

Bob Weir announces "Artists for Quality" on CNBC, April 25, 2014.

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Send a Raven! Game of Thrones Characters Battle it Out on Rdio

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Not that we are obsessed or anything, but Game of Thrones will be upon us in mere hours (yes, we are counting). In the preamble to this auspicious event fans of the immensely popular HBO show have gotten creative this week and descended on Rdio to create a slice of Westeros by building in-character profiles and playlists for the show's protagonists and antagonists. And we are loving it!

As you patiently await the Season 4 premiere this Sunday, check out some true fan obsession with these playlists from your favorite Game of Thrones characters. Rdio’s "GoT" the perfect distraction — and accompaniment to your viewing parties — with these clever profiles from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, King Joffrey, Jon Snow, and Hodor of Winterfell that are stirring up the drama and laughs.

And for more amusement, be sure to read the hilarious playlist comments posted from one in-character profile to another. See King Joffrey’s sociopathic and tyrannical jab on Arya Stark’s "Stick 'Em With The Pointy End" playlist here and what our favorite Mother of Dragons thinks of Jon Snow (even though they’ve never met) here.

Game of Thrones, Season 4 premieres this Sunday, April 6 on HBO. Follow your favorite characters on Rdio throughout the season to see new music and playlists added from the Seven Kingdoms, Essos, and beyond the Wall.

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Daenerys Targaryen unleashes a fierce set of queen tunes on Ascending and compiles a hilarious set of Mother’s Day Songs — no surprise she’s really into dragon songs.

It’s not easy being drunk all the time, but Tyrion Lannister makes it look effortless. J. Cole, UB40, Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars are on hand to help him celebrate wine, women, and money on his Things I Like a Lot and I Prefer Fun Sized playlists.

Arya Stark's been kicking ass and taking names all over Westeros. Check out the music that preps our favorite spitfire for revenge on her Stick ‘Em with the Pointy End playlist and her collection of favorite Girl vs Boy tomboy theme songs.

It’s good to be King Joffrey, and he gives it up to his all-time favorite person with his Me, Myself & I and Inspiration playlists.

Our favorite handsome bastard and member of the Night’s Watch Jon Snow knows how to stay warm while bumping his Night’s Watch Slow Jamz and Just Chilln’ playlists.

Loyal servant and Big Man Hodor of Winterfell is always at the side of young Bran Stark. He doesn’t say much, but we love tha drops and big bodied, hip-hop beats on Hodurrrrrr.

∞  April 4, 2014 — 3:08PM

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Cast a Wider Net: Introducing Rdio on Google Chromecast

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We are thrilled to share the news that starting today you can listen to Rdio on Google Chromecast. Chromecast allows you to cast songs, albums, stations, and playlists to your TV — then control playback from anywhere in your house and enjoy a beautiful display of album art on your big screen. This means you now have a whole new way to surround yourself with your music in the comfort of your home.

Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Once the Chromecast device is setup, simply press the cast icon in the Rdio iOS, Android or Web apps. You won't have to learn anything new. If you’re new to Rdio, you can start a free trial by simply downloading the Rdio app and registering.

“Rdio on Google Chromecast marks another milestone in Rdio’s commitment to delivering the best music experience everywhere,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalog of over 20 million songs or start a station easily, all from Chromecast on their TV.”

We are very excited about this awesome new way to play Rdio at home and unleash your favorite music, check out new releases, and stream an endless variety of Stations from anywhere in the house right to your TV with Chromecast’s bold new technology. It’s not only easy, but with a starting price of $35 Chromecast is also affordable.

Ready to cast your first song? Learn how to connect Google Chromecast to your TV and Rdio app.

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Rdio + Shazam: Now With More Power

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The magical power of the Shazam app, which allows you to identify, explore and listen to music, has just gotten stronger with a fresh and full redesign that includes enhanced functionality for Rdio users.

Shazam fans can already use the Listen Free on Rdio mode on Shazam’s tag screen to hear full length versions of songs identified with the app and every song you Shazam is stored automatically in a personal playlist on Rdio called “My Shazam Tracks” — allowing you to revisit all the music that catches your ear and made you pull out your phone.

Now with the latest update, Rdio users can add any song on Shazam to any Rdio playlist, whether they Shazamed the song or found it in Pulse, Shazam’s music discovery feed of popular and trending music. We’re excited for you to try it out and see how much this opens up your playlist possibilities.

The most recent Shazam update is available now in both Free and Encore versions for iOS; the Android version will be available in a few weeks.

To connect your Rdio account with Shazam, follow the instructions in your Shazam newsfeed or go into your Shazam settings and select Connect to Rdio.

Happy Shazaming!

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Lean Back and Listen: New Stations on Sonos

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We love Sonos. Thanks to its multi-room music system, you can play Rdio’s huge catalog of songs and albums in every room of the house, from the kitchen to the living room. And now, Rdio Stations on Sonos are new and improved giving you even more to love when you play music at home.

In the new Stations section, you can now start up a station based on any genre; listen to You FM, your personalized station, or play a friend’s FM station; listen to your Collection or Heavy Rotation station; and find a list of stations you’ve recently played on another device and pick up where you left off.

Want to hear an artist station? Just search for the artist you’re in the mood to hear. Once you’ve started your station, lean back and listen while Rdio plays a mix of your favorites and related tracks all through the house.

Of course, you can still play all the songs and albums on Sonos that you want, browse and listen to playlists, and check out what your friends are listening to. But now when Sonos turns your house into a concert hall, stations can give you the perfect mix of headlining acts.

Want to fill the room with music? Learn how to connect Sonos to your Rdio account.

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 everywhere you go.

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SXSW Rdio Sessions with Ty Dolla $ign, Tensnake, David Nail and More!

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South by Southwest takes over Austin, TX this month with musicians, industry reps, music fans, and media of all types coming together for what has become the country’s biggest music festival and conference.

Rdio will be heading to Austin to join the fun and capture a truckoad of exclusive performances as part of our Rdio Sessions series, the SXSW 2014 edition. Each live session will be released as an exclusive live set on Rdio, bringing these unique and intimate performances back home to Rdio listeners.

Rdio Sessions at SXSW will feature a stellar lineup of up-and-coming artists including Lucius, Ty Dolla $ign, David Nail, Bad Suns, Haerts, Tensnake, Strange Talk, Little Boots, and Tokyo Police Club. Many of these acts are also part of Rdio’s Artist to Watch list, our handpicked tipsheet of musicians and bands that Rdio anticipates to break through in 2014 and who we think fans will love.

Curious to hear these artists now? Check out our SXSW lineup right here with the Rdio Sessions + SXSW 2014 playlist:

Want more? Stay tuned for the release of each SXSW Session on Rdio and be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for daily updates and sneak peeks of Rdio Sessions from SXSW!

SXSW Artists Recording Rdio Sessions

Lucius - Berklee College of Music voice majors Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig make up the Brooklyn-based indie pop quintet Lucius.

Ty Dolla $ign – Ty is a Los Angeles-based singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and multi- instrumentalist.

David Nail - Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri, David is a country singer songwriter with recent the hit single, "Whatever She's Got" which made it to Billboard’s country airplay number one spot.

Bad Suns - Comprising vocalist Christo Bowman, drummer Miles Morris, guitarist Ray Libby, and bassist Gavin Bennett, Bad Suns formed in 2012 in Woodland Hills, California.

Haerts – The long-distance collaborative project Haerts came into formation when childhood friends Nini Fabi and Ben Gebert started working on music together in a small apartment in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tensnake – The electro producer Tensnake from Hamburg, Germany recently released the single “Love Sublime” featuring Nile Rodgers of Daft Punk.

Strange Talk - An Australian synthpop band from Melbourne, Victoria, Strange Talk consists of Gerard Sidhu, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable and Gillan Gregory. The band will be releasing their debut album Cast Away in 2014.

Little Boots - Blackpool. England’s Victoria Hesketh, aka Little Boots, makes sleek. exquisite electropop with friends from LCD Soundsystem Hercules and Love Affair. Catch her on the mike, the moog, the keys and the dancefloor.

Tokyo Police Club - The Toronto band was described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the greatest thing to come out of Canada since Molson”. Their new album, Forcefield, comes out right after SXSW.

∞  March 5, 2014 — 5:01AM

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Rdio CEO to Speak at Digital Entertainment World on "The State of the Music Industry"

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This week, Rdio CEO Anthony Bay will participate in a panel at the inaugural Digital Entertainment World conference on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Bay will join industry colleagues for "The State of the Music Industry," to discuss the future of the music business and technology — what's working and what's not — as well as the innovations and business models that will help fuel growth in the digital music marketplace.

Bay will share insights from Rdio’s innovation in the subscription music industry along with perspective from two decades of experience as a former digital executive at Amazon, Microsoft and Apple where he took companies to the next level helping to expand global reach and subscriber base growth.

If you are attending DEW, be sure to join for the discussion. Or check back here on the Rdio Bog later this week for a recap of the panel session.

"The State of the Music Industry"
Digital Entertainment World
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles Room

Other panelists include:

Rio Caraeff, CEO, VEVO
Jordan Berliant, Partner/Head of Music Management, The Collective
Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin
Moderator: Alex Pham, Senior Correspondent, Billboard

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Rdio for iOS: It’s Getting Better All the Time

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Rdio is already the best music app available (just ask the New York Times), but that’s not good enough for us — we’re always looking for ways to make our mobile app even better.

So today, we’re excited to launch two new features on the Rdio app for iOS.

First up is playlist editing. Now, you can update your playlists from your iPhone or iPod touch — in addition to creating playlists and adding new tracks, you can now remove and rearrange tracks until you’ve made the best playlist ever (or it’s dethroned by your next playlist, of course). You can also customize the playlist artwork, change its visibility and collaboration settings, and more.

The other big addition is reviews. You can now write album and playlist reviews right from the iOS app, and read reviews by critics and other people on Rdio. It’s a great way to see what other listeners think of your favorite albums and let your own voice be heard.

We’ve also made tweaks to the app’s design, user interface, and overall performance — all the little details that make Rdio so enjoyable to use.

We hope you enjoy the updates on Rdio for iOS. We look forward to bringing these new features to Android down the road.

Haven’t tried Rdio on mobile yet? Download our apps for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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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.