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Rdio Expands To India

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Today, we’re happy to announce that Rdio is now available in India. With this launch, we’re bringing users the largest catalog ever to be available in India. Experience over 32 million songs in 43 languages from global, regional and local labels. Users can also choose from hundreds of curated stations, including those curated by some of the top labels in India, or create their own personalized stations.

"Over the past seven years, my brother and I have dedicated our lives to bringing millions of users the diverse and wonderful music of India,” said Snehal Shinde, VP of Emerging Markets at Rdio (Co-founder of Dhingana). “Last year Rdio acquired Dhingana and we set out to marry our Indian expertise and experience with the best global music platform. We are proud now to introduce Rdio to India, a world class product that delivers a global music service with a localized user experience for music fans in India and abroad."

“India is the fastest growing Internet market in the world with one of the most vibrant cultures for music. We have built a strong local organization here, which is now our largest office and team outside the U.S. Our objective is to raise the bar for the digital music experience in India and provide the most robust offering of music from around the world, all tuned to each individual listener,” said Anthony Bay, CEO.

In addition to providing the largest catalog of songs in India, enjoy your favorite music through our partnerships with mobile app and automotive brands:

  • Shazam - users can now connect their Rdio account to get the tracks they discover automatically added to Rdio playlists. Rdio users can also go beyond the preview, playing full tracks from Rdio right in Shazam.

  • SoundHound - this app connects directly with Rdio to enable discovered songs to be played back “in app” and also linked to a playlist in Rdio.

  • Google Chromecast - casts Rdio content to the TV’s from Rdio iOS, Android, and Web apps.

  • Automotive and Entertainment Devices - Rdio provides interactive streaming music for all Volvos in India along with aftermarket car entertainment devices such as Pioneer AppRadioLive, and HARMAN Aha Radio.

Our free radio experience can be upgraded to a full on-demand subscription service with access to any song, album, playlist or station, online or offline, without ads for $1.99 USD or 120 Rupees a month. 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. Welcome India!

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New For 2015: Jaguar and Land Rover Integration and Partnerships with DTS, LG Electronics and Hisense

We’re happy to start 2015 with some exciting partnership news we’ve announced at CES, the International Consumer Electronics Show, that highlights our commitment to providing users around the world with access to music everywhere they are.

Today, we’re unveiling an exclusive partnership with Bosch that integrates Rdio into dashboards of vehicles internationally through the new Bosch mySPIN platform. The partnership adds Rdio as Jaguar and Land Rover’s first in-car on-demand music streaming service on the InControl Apps platform. Users can safely interact with our online and offline features through the vehicle’s infotainment system.

As part of the initial rollout, Rdio will be accessible to Unlimited subscribers in Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles where InControl Apps is installed. Rdio on InControl Apps provides a safe way for drivers to easily access popular features, including personalized radio, curated stations, search, albums, playlists and favorites.

We’re also extending our presence on connected home devices through a pre-loaded app on Hisense smart TVs and other connected devices, building on our current TV presence through Roku (the Roku remote control includes an Rdio button), its existing customized app on Google Chromecast, and upcoming HTML5-based smart TV compatibility.

Our new partnerships also extend our reach with in-home wireless speaker systems through integration in the LG Connect SDK home streaming platform for mobile devices interfacing with smart TVs, DTS Play-Fi® technology and Google Cast for audio (through the “Cast” button in the Rdio mobile app that automatically streams to Google Cast Ready speakers). These advancements add to our current wireless speaker partnerships, which includes Sonos, Samsung Shape and Bluesound devices by Lenbrook.

“Our vision is to offer every song ever recorded, on any device, anywhere in the world, instantly tuned to each listener. People listen to music wherever they are at work, in the car, on the go, and at home. Providing our customers with a simple, integrated and consistent music experience in their homes is a priority for us and one we are investing significant resources in,” said Anthony Bay, CEO, Rdio. “Dedicated audio devices as well as integrating music into the TV experience are priorities for Rdio, and we look forward to introducing Rdio on each of these exciting devices and platforms in 2015.”

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New Update for Windows Phone Available Today

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In September, we introduced a big update for Rdio listeners on iOS, Android and the web, including a greatly enhanced free radio experience and a host of new music discovery and organization features. Today, we’re bringing all of those improvements to Windows Phone users around the world. New features include:

  • Ad-supported radio stations: Endless stations including stations by artists, tastemakers, genres, moods or activities, plus personalized stations tuned to each individual listener.
  • Home: An evolving mix of music stories, personalized for you.
  • Favorites: Find something you love? Favorite anything from albums to artists, songs to stations, and keep them all in one place. All songs and albums from your existing Collection and playlists you’ve subscribed to now live here.
  • Browse: Stations can now be found here, from genre stations to all-new curated stations for any mood.
  • Trending: What’s most popular right now, combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts.

“Rdio’s Windows Phone app relaunch reiterates our mission to give all music lovers the ability to listen to the music they choose anytime, anywhere, on any device,” said Chris Becherer, Senior Vice President, Product, Rdio. “We're thrilled to bring Rdio’s impressive music catalog and powerful new music discovery features to Windows Phone users around the world.”

The new app also includes support for Cortana and Live Tiles. Windows 8.1 users can download the app beginning today from the Windows Phone app store.

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Rdio's Family Plan: Same Great Music, An Even Lower Price!

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We’re all about family here at Rdio. That’s why back in 2011 we were the first music service to offer a Family Plan so everyone could simultaneously enjoy Rdio -- anytime, anywhere, online, offline and on any device.

Our Family Plan provides each family member access to more than 30 million songs with individual control over music collection, You FM, stations, playlists and other great features. And now we’re excited to announce that our Family Plan price has been lowered to only $5 for each additional Rdio listener in your family . Here’s the new pricing breakdown:

• Family of 2 = $14.99
• Family of 3 = $19.99
• Family of 4 = $24.99
• Family of 5 = $29.99

With our Family Plan, say goodbye to having only one person being able to listen at a time — or having to share favorites and playlists that aren’t really your own. And say goodbye to friends wondering why “you” are listening to your kid’s music that's overcrowding the Home feed.

Keep your music individuality and sign up for family sub-accounts to your Rdio subscription here. Learn more about the Rdio Family plan here.

We’ll be rolling out the new pricing across the globe starting today, just in time for the holiday season. So you can give your loved ones the gift of the world’s best music experience - tuned to you.

In honor of the occasion, we put together this playlist celebrating the music of family bands.

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Rdio Now With iOS 8 and CarPlay Support

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Today we’re announcing an exciting update for iOS 8 that continues our commitment to creating the best music service in the world, tuned to you.

Our latest update includes:
- CarPlay Support. We’re one of the first music services to be integrated into Apple’s CarPlay. Control Rdio playback and navigate your favorites and playlists from the built-in display in CarPlay-enabled cars.
- Interactive Notifications. Play music and follow people directly from an Rdio push notification.
-Optimized Visuals. Enjoy high-resolution images and album artwork with your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+.

Download Rdio for iOS and try out the new features for yourself. Be sure to follow @Rdio on Twitter and Like Rdio on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our apps.

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Introducing High-Quality AAC Audio Across The Globe

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Today we’re happy to announce we’ve converted our entire catalog of over 30 million songs to high-quality AAC audio. Listeners around the world now have four sound quality settings to choose from across iOS, Android, and the web. All Rdio users can choose between data-efficient 64 kbps all the way up to 192 kbps. Rdio Unlimited subscribers now also have the option of listening in pristine-quality 320 kbps. Plus individually select your audio settings for a variety of uses, whether you’re using Wi-Fi or cellular streaming or listening to offline downloads.

Our commitment to sound quality also deepens today with our partnership with Bob Weir, the legendary founding member of the Grateful Dead and champion of Musicians for Audio Quality Initiative. To celebrate this milestone, we’re releasing an exclusive catalog of Bob Weir tracks recorded at the Tamalpais Research Institute (TRI Studios), his state of the art studio in Marin County, CA. The catalog features Weir as well as musicians like Dave Schools, Sammy Hagar, and many others.

Download the latest updates to Rdio on iOS and Android to start this exciting new listening experience today.

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Music Sounds Better With You

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By Joe Armenia

Rdio has always focused on giving music fans the best access to the artists they love while also coming up with new ways for them to discover their next new favorites. The promise of discovery through people has always been paramount at Rdio, and we get really excited when we get to facilitate the process. Creating platforms and programs that showcase not only the superstar artist releases but also the most obscure albums from artists we think need to be heard is a privilege, and we take it seriously.

Today, we advance that promise with another great leap with the introduction of our free stations-first offering, creating even more exciting opportunities for you to connect with tastemakers and artists who feel exactly the same way about connecting people and music.

As a diehard music fan, it’s always fascinating to know what music my favorite artists or personalities are listening to. Now, you can turn to some of the influencers and tastemakers you trust most to serve up some new music. Stations from our friends at NPR Music, Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine will give you a good earful of what they’ve got in rotation for their audiences. If you’re a chart lover, check out Billboard’s station featuring the top songs of the week. You can even follow musical trends as they are made through discovery hubs like Shazam and Hype Machine. The listening possibilities are endless, with stations curated by everyone from the iconic GRAMMY® Awards to Aussie electro legends The Presets to – just in time for Fashion Week - the always fashionable Marc Jacobs International and tons more. Look for the Tastemakers section on the Browse tab and dive in.

What’s insanely exciting about these stations is that it’s really just the beginning. We have the opportunity to create hosted Rdio stations, so your connection to your favorite artist or celebrity can be much more personal. Watch this space next week for news on our first-ever hosted station.

And the announcements aren’t over yet. To celebrate all the great new Rdio features, we’re rolling out a slew of Rdio Sessions over the next few weeks. Continuing the ongoing series of unique, intimate recorded performances hand-picked by and exclusive to Rdio, we’re introducing 2 new sets today: hot country duo Dan + Shay (our first country Session!) and Canadian rockers Tokyo Police Club.

These sets will be joined in the coming weeks by Rdio Sessions from an amazing lineup of artists: The 1975, Daughtry, Switchfoot, SOHN, Haerts, Strange Talk, Jon Pardi, Little Boots and Tensnake, our first original DJ session. Can’t get enough of these amazing, intimate recordings? Tune into the Rdio Sessions station (you knew I was going to say that) to catch up on all of the great music in the Rdio Sessions vaults.

Joe Armenia runs Rdio’s music team and influencer programs. Follow Joe on Rdio.

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Come As You Are: An Evolved Rdio for Every Kind of Listener

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By Chris Becherer

A great music service should let you listen any way you want. Sometimes, like when you’re driving or hosting friends, that means “turning on the radio” and letting the service do the work. Other times, you want complete control of what you’re hearing, such as when a new album drops from your favorite band or when a friend shares a song with you that you need to hear, right now.

No streaming music service has successfully combined these listening experiences. Music fans have been forced to go to different services for “lean-back listening” (radio stations) and “on-demand listening” (albums, songs, and playlists). This is an unnecessary hassle, and it cheats you out of having one service really get to know your music taste.

Today, we’re rolling out a significant update on iOS, Android, web, and Roku that for the first time pairs a first-class stations experience with a first-class on-demand experience — along with a suite of new features that seamlessly integrates the two and personalizes the entire service around you. It’s an evolved Rdio, tuned to you and your unique way of loving music, and we’re thrilled to finally share it with you.

Free radio, front and center

Last year, we added the Stations section to Rdio, along with the ability to start a wide variety of endless stations based on artists, songs, albums, playlists, genres — even record labels. We also introduced You FM, a station that takes into account everything we know about you — what you’ve listened to, what you’ve told us you liked, even what you Like on Facebook — to create a truly personalized listening experience. You can listen to your own You FM, or tune into the You FM station of a friend or tastemaker like Rolling Stone magazine or The El Rey Theatre. You FM quickly became one of our most popular features.

Today, we are doubling down on lean-back listening and moving stations to the forefront of the Rdio experience. After downloading the app and signing up in a few simple steps, new users will immediately start listening to a free radio station based on their favorite artist, with no trials to start or paywalls to navigate. From there, they will have access to all the various station types we offer, each drawing on the 30 million tracks in our catalog. They will also be able to enjoy hundreds of brand new curated stations, handcrafted by our in-house team of experts to fit any mood or activity.

That’s just the start. We’ve re-examined all of Rdio through a stations-first lens. Rather than a single dedicated section, stations now live throughout the app. Whether in Recommendations, Trending (our new section combining Heavy Rotation and Top Charts), or Browse (our new home for expert-curated stations), new users will be looking primarily at stations.

All of this is completely free to users today in 20 countries around the world with plans to roll out to more of Rdio's 60 supported countries in the coming months.

We believe Rdio is now the best free radio experience on the market. But what about Rdio Unlimited subscribers, our most loyal fans? Rdio Unlimited pairs all of these great stations with the ability to play albums, songs and playlists on-demand and offline. One of the central design goals of this update was to maintain a single app with a consistent user experience that scales gracefully across our subscription tiers. Every one of the new features we are introducing today was carefully designed to be flexible enough to benefit all of our listeners, free or paid. The best example of this flexible approach is Home, our new landing page on web and mobile.

Your new Home on Rdio

Home is the feature we are the most excited for you to try out. It’s based on ideas that Head of Design Ryan Sims and a group of designers, engineers, and product managers here have been thinking deeply about for several years. Rdio was founded on the idea of social music discovery — that the best music recommendations come from people you know and tastemakers you trust. Home is the next step in the evolution of that idea. As one beta user told us, “It’s what Rdio always wanted to be.”

Home is an evolving feed of personalized music stories that surfaces the best of Rdio in a single destination. Stories can be based on your own activity, such as “Keep Listening” — where you can quickly get back to music you’ve recently played — and “Similar to…” — which gives recommendations based on your favorite artists. Stories can be based on your friends’ recent activity, or recommendations from our in-house team of music experts, such as “Artist to Watch” — which highlights new and emerging talent on a weekly basis. As you keep using Rdio, the stories you see will become more varied and personalized. There are over 20 different kinds of stories in Home, and we’ll be adding new ones all the time.

One of my favorite stories is “Dig deeper with more by…”. It looks for albums that you haven’t yet played from familiar artists, surfacing deep cuts from our vast catalog of 30 million songs — remixes, b-sides, reisssues, etc. This morning, I discovered three gems from one of my favorite bands, The Flaming Lips, that I hadn’t ever heard — one live album, one soundtrack, and one single with a bunch of amazing b-sides that I never would have found on my own with just a search box.

Home also gives us a vehicle to highlight user-generated contributions to Rdio, like comments and playlists, in a way we couldn’t before. I follow some hardcore music nerds, many of them Rdio employees, and if one of them leaves a gushing comment about a new record, I’ll probably want to give it a listen — as long as I see the comment. Now, that comment will make its way to me right in Home, the most precious real estate in Rdio. Simply put, Home encourages conversation around the music you love.

Home borrows some of the personalization concepts of You FM and applies them to not just one station, but the entire user experience. As you grow with the service, playing more music and following other listeners, Home will evolve and tailor all of Rdio to you based on how you like to listen. The word we keep using to describe it is “elastic” — whether you are a free stations listener, a hardcore collector of albums, or a playlist creator, Home will stretch and bend toward your tastes, suggesting music you’ll like and have the access to play.

More new ways to organize and discover

Home is just one of many cool new features launching today. Favorites is an expanded, smarter version of your collection — you can now collect any artist, album, song, station, or playlist by tapping the heart icon to favorite it. The more you favorite, the more Rdio gets to know you, surfacing music relevant to you in Home and You FM. With Trending, we’ve improved Heavy Rotation by combining it with Top Charts so that you can quickly see the music that's popular with your friends or the entire Rdio community. Check out our new curated stations, handcrafted by our in-house experts and organized around a variety of moods and activities, in Browse. Continuing our long tradition of social discovery features, we’ve created a new section on the web called People that lets you see what your friends are listening to, right now.

All of these features are available to everyone, whether you’re listening to stations for free or you’re an Rdio Unlimited subscriber. Give them a try, or learn more about how they work.

Built by fans, for fans

With this update — which includes more new features rolled out at any one time since the original launch of the service in 2010 — we’ve put Rdio in a position to be the daily music destination for a wide variety of listeners. Rdio now pairs a first-class, cross-platform, global, free experience with the best on-demand experience on the market.

Every day, the team here at Rdio focuses on building the very best music service possible. Not the best music service for the industry — but for you, the fan. Because we’re music fans, too. We get to work on a product that we ourselves passionately use every day, that we obsess over. Everyone here has strong opinions about Rdio. This creates heated arguments about the product, its features — even its pixels. It’s never easy, but this kind of passion ultimately leads to a better product. I want to thank every single person at Rdio for channeling all of that passion and hard work into this release. It’s our best yet.

We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. We invite you to try out the latest evolution of Rdio, and we very sincerely hope that you love it as much as we do.

Jason Russell, playlist junkie and lead product manager for Home, assembled this for the occasion. Enjoy.

Chris Becherer is Rdio's SVP of Product. Follow him at rdio.com/people/becherer

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A Special Gift from Aether for Rdio Subscribers

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We are thrilled to announce that today Aether Cone will go on-sale exclusively to new and current Rdio Unlimited subscribers. Cone is the thinking music player that learns what you like and plays what you’ll love. Turn the dial and Cone automatically plays the perfect sound for the moment, selected from more than 25 million tracks on Rdio and filling any room with incredible sound. If you know exactly what you want to hear, tell Cone to “play” an artist, album, or title. As a thank you for being an Rdio subscriber, Cone is gifting a special offer of $5 off your Cone for every month you have subscribed to Rdio, up to $180 off the price. Visit Aether.com to take advantage of this limited time offer.

∞  August 25, 2014 — 11:00AM

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Get Connected To Rdio With SoundHound

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Today, we’re happy to announce a new milestone to Rdio’s integration within SoundHound, the revolutionary sound search mobile app. With the introduction of a new feature called “Connect to Rdio,” after you tag a song in SoundHound, it will be automatically placed in a “SoundHound" playlist accessed from Rdio. Along with this new update, SoundHound users will see a significant increase in the speed of their returned search results.

Here’s how it works — existing SoundHounders will see a plus sign (+) in the results page if they have not connected to Rdio. When the Plus (+) is tapped, SoundHounders will be directed to the set-up page for “Connect To Rdio.” By enabling this feature, users will see all of the songs they identified through SoundHound as a playlist inside Rdio.

“We are always looking for additional ways to enable music discovery for our listeners,” said Chris Becherer, SVP of Product at Rdio. "We’re excited to be working with the SoundHound team to create a dynamic listening experience around songs identified in the real world, right inside Rdio.”

This new update is available now on iOS and Android.