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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.

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2013: Off the Charts

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2013 was an incredible year for music. Revisit the top songs of the year and find out what to expect next with Rdio’s 2013: Off the Charts year-in-review, brimming with playlists that provide a thoughtful summary of what moved music culture this year and a look ahead to great music moments to come.

Rdio Top Charts showcases the songs and albums that the Rdio community played the most in 2013. Check out who topped the Rdio Charts worldwide and which artists were most popular by region. One artist scored twice this year by taking both the global top track and top album slot. Think you know who it is? Take a look and find out if you guessed right!

Our Staff Picks playlist reveals our office obsessions, those tunes we couldn’t take off repeat for pretty much the whole year, while Rdio Recommends highlights artists of note that we championed throughout 2013. And because we like to keep the needle moving forward, we put together a playlist of 2014 Artists to Watch to provide a jumpstart on what’s coming up next.

2013: Off the Charts is also the place to check out our exclusive Rdio Covers project. We took the songs you streamed most in 2013, plus a few we thought made the biggest impact, and put them in the creative hands of artists you should know for the new year. And they made magic! Miley Cyrus’ emotional hit “Wrecking Ball” gets a new beat in the hands of electro-pop duo Hi Fashion. Robin Thicke’s irrepressible “Blurred Lines” is re-envisioned by R&B singer Nylo. And Lorde’s breakthrough “Royals” has a whole new take when performed by UK band, Monarchy. Rdio listeners have exclusive access to these songs and many more Rdio Covers from Junior Prom, LIGHTS, Echosmith, Colette Carr, Au Revoir Simone, Bright Light Bright Light, and Polly Scattergood.

2013, thank you for the music. Time to play!

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Rdio Expands to 20 New Territories: Now Available in 51 Countries

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We’ve got the whole world in our hands... or getting close!

We are excited to share Rdio with more music fans today as Rdio expands to 20 new territories around the world. Rdio’s global footprint now reaches people in 51 countries across six continents, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela as they join the Rdio family.

If you’re new to Rdio, welcome! Sign up at rdio.com right now and start streaming your favorite artist, song, album or over 400 genre stations. Discover new music and find your favorites with our web and desktop apps and you can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

Rdio is constantly expanding to more international territories so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.

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Today’s Harvest: Boards of Canada’s Catalog Comes To Rdio

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Great news for electronic fans as well as enthusiasts of genre-bending sounds: Boards of Canada’s catalog has arrived to Rdio! In addition to the latest album Tomorrow’s Harvest, you’ll soon be able to hear the milestones in the dreamy Scottish electronic duo’s (brothers Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison) discography.

Seminal albums Music Has The Right To Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002) and The Campfire Headphase (2005) are all available today. The BoC debut Twoism (1995), EPs In a Beautiful Place in the Country (2000) and Trans Canada Highway (2006) will all follow in late November.

Turn up the volume and reap today’s harvest from Boards of Canada now.

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Snoop Hijacks @Rdio Twitter to Talk Music, Influences and BET Awards

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Our friend Snoop Dogg is the host of the BET Hip Hop Awards, which airs on Tuesday, October 15. That day, Tha Doggfather himself will be tweeting from our @Rdio Twitter account to share exclusive photos, favorite jams, BET Awards insights, and lots of giveaways with you. This the first time ever that we've hosted a Twitter takeover — it should only be fitting that we let the D-O-double G take the reins.

Tweet him back with the hashtag #SnoopRdio and you’ll have a chance to win one-year subscriptions to Rdio every half hour. Whether you call him Dogg or Lion, catch Snoop in action on our Twitter feed from 1pm-3pm EST / 10am-12pm PST next Tuesday.

In the meantime, follow Snoop on Rdio and bump his BET Awards playlist below!

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Meat Puppets Now Rocking on Rdio

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Meat Puppets might be most widely remembered as Nirvana’s favorite band that hit the road with them on the In Utero Tour in 1993 and guested on the seminal live recording of the 1994 album MTV Unplugged in New York. But the band has had a prolific and inspiring career all its own. The band formed around the family core of brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood have been together on and off for 33 years, a partnership that has yielded more than a dozen albums and helped an independent record label called SST one of the most influential in the DIY movement of the 1980s and 1990s.

Now that the Meat Puppets catalog is on Rdio, you have unlimited digital access to the work of these largely unsung country punk rock heroes, from commercial peak Too High To Die to fan favorite II and so much more. Eat to the beat!

∞  October 7, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Play Now: Free Mobile Music

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We heard our listeners loud and clear, so now we’re making stations — one of our most popular features — free for everyone on mobile iOS and Android. Whether you’re a paid subscriber or not, you’ll have access to awesome music whenever you use the Rdio app.

We’re inviting everyone to listen to all of Rdio’s stations, drawing from over 20 million songs, through our mobile apps for iOS and Android without ever pulling out the plastic. Even if your subscription or trial has ended, you’ll be able to choose from 10 different station types — including stations based on artist, song, and over 400 genres plus You FM, a personalized station based on your listening habits — so you can keep the music playing for as long as you want at no cost to you.

In addition, we’re introducing two new mobile features:

  • Station Sharing — Think your You FM is proof positive of your superior music taste? Now you can share it — and any other station — with your friends. 
  • Playlist and Album Stations — Creating an endless stream of your favorite (or soon to be favorite) songs keeps getting easier. With the introduction of playlist stations and album stations, Rdio is amped to have more station types than any other music service right now.

By combining The Echo Nest’s Taste Profiling technology with Rdio’s beautifully dynamic design and rich data on listening history, we’ve unlocked an unprecedented personal radio experience for all mobile users to enjoy for free. Free mobile music is available in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Try Rdio for free right now. Download the mobile apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play to get started. Go play!

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Listen to This: Recommendations on Rdio

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What to play next? Rdio always has the answer. Recommendations is back and better than ever, surfacing gems from our catalog of more than 20 million songs and personalizing the picks based on your taste.

Hot on the heels of our Stations launch, we’ve built Recommendations as another great means of effortless music discovery. Powered by technology from The Echo Nest, the new feature provides a steady stream of new music recommendations — including albums, stations, and playlists — based on what you listen to most and who you’re following.

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  • Album Recommendations — As you listen to music on Rdio, we compile albums you’re likely to enjoy based on your history. Every time you visit Recommendations, more new music is waiting.
  • Station & Playlist Recommendations — Discover what stations and playlists are popular in your network and in your area.

Recommendations is rolling out to the web starting today and will be available on iOS and Android soon.

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Schoolhouse Rock: 50% Student Discount on Rdio Unlimited

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School costs an arm and a leg but music shouldn’t. We’re kicking off this academic year with a 50% discount for current students.

Regularly priced at $9.99 per month, we’re offering college students with a verified edu email address an Rdio Unlimited subscription for just $4.99 starting today.

Discover new music with Stations, add old favorites to your Collection, listen along with friends — all this and more on your web, desktop, and mobile devices for less than five bucks a month! With the 50% discount, it's easier than ever for you and your classmates to make music a group assignment.

Get started at rdio.com/students. You’ll be asked to create a profile with Facebook Connect or an email address if you’re new to Rdio. If you’re already an Rdio Unlimited subscriber, the discount will be applied to the next month. Student discounts are only available in the U.S. at the moment.

Start listening on Rdio anywhere — in your dorm room, on your phone, even at the library (quietly). We’ve got music for every kind of all-nighter.