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Join Our Design Team and Make Your Mark on Rdio

Rdio Design

Here at Rdio, we’re always on the lookout for new discoveries — and not just the musical kind. We love discovering exceptional people who can help make Rdio even better.

That’s why our Design team is participating in Designer Fund’s Bridge program, which connects San Francisco-area startups with talented designers to join their teams. By enrolling in the program, you’ll boost your resume and design chops while making your mark on the Rdio iOS app, our just-launched Vdio product, Rdio’s and Vdio’s marketing sites, and other major projects. You’ll conceptualize, present, and ship designs — and while this is a three-month residency, it could lead to a permanent, full-time position at Rdio.

Think you’d be a good fit for the program? Meet our Design team, then send in your application for the Bridge Fall Session by July 14th. Good luck!

∞  June 21, 2013 — 11:03AM

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Now Watching: Vdio

Vdio

We gave Rdio Unlimited subscribers an early screening of Vdio, our online television and movie service, but starting today, you don't have to be an Rdio listener to buy, rent, and share your favorite movies and shows with friends. Grab some popcorn and scroll through our Spotlight or some Sets to discover something new to watch now.

Currently, Vdio is available in the US and UK. Try Vdio on the web here and download the iPad app here.

∞  June 19, 2013 — 6:00AM

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Rdio Arrives To Asia and Adds Seven New Territories

Rdio Map

We’re thrilled to welcome Malaysia, Hong Kong, Colombia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Poland to Rdio today! This step not only represents our deeper journey into South America and Europe, but also marks Rdio’s first step into Asia!

If you’re new to Rdio, sign up at rdio.com right now and we’ll gift you up to six months of free music. Discover old favorites and new jams with our web and desktop apps without ever pulling out the plastic. At any time you can upgrade to Rdio Web or Rdio Unlimited to stream unlimited music everywhere you go.

This exciting milestone brings Rdio to 31 countries in five continents! We’re constantly expanding our reach so let us know here where you’d like to see Rdio available next.

∞  June 13, 2013 — 6:00AM

New FeaturesNews

Music Discovery: Now Easier Than Ever

Rdio Friends

At Rdio, we’re all about helping you find new music. From Heavy Rotation to label pages, music discovery is always at the forefront of our design. We’re introducing new features to personalize your music exploration and give you more control over the music you’re listening to, as you’re listening to it. Today, we’ll walk you through the first of these updates that you may have already noticed in our web and desktop apps.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

  • Welcome to Rdio — New listeners will immediately be greeted by fellow Rdio friends (based on connected Twitter and Facebook accounts), awesome influencers, and the tunes they love when they first sign up. After all, music should be social.

  • Find People — Just like in the updated iOS and Android apps, current listeners can view a curated list of recommended friends alongside hand-picked artists and influencers to follow.

  • AutoPlay — Never again wonder, “What should I listen to next?” AutoPlay is a personalized station that plays more music similar to the last song you listened to.

  • Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down — We’re debuting one of our most-requested features. When playing an artist station, song station, or AutoPlay, just roll over the tracklist to vote on current and upcoming songs. Each time you click, Rdio learns more about your tastes, curating more of the music you love.

  • Start Station — Can’t get enough of what’s currently playing? Now you can start a new station based on the song you’re listening to by hitting the Start Station button on the album art.

  • New Player — We’ve integrated the album artwork from the currently playing song for a beautiful and visually-evolving listening experience. Access the full view by clicking the player button on the bottom right. Here you’ll be able to see what’s now playing and the tracklist of upcoming music.

    We’re excited for our listeners to take these features for a spin.

∞  May 31, 2013 — 11:00AM

New FeaturesNews

New Features Come to iOS and Android Apps

iOS and Android

We’re thrilled to introduce updates to both iOS and Android apps, bringing a unified Rdio experience regardless of platform. Among various UI improvements, you’ll find the following new features:

  • Find People — We believe music should be social which is why following other listeners is now easier on our mobile apps. Tap Find People, a new addition to the side navigation, to see a curated list of recommended friends and their music taste (based on your connected Twitter and Facebook) alongside hand-picked artists and influencers like Questlove of The Roots and NPR Music.

  • Label Pages — Just like on our web and desktop apps, you can now search for a record label and find its top albums and artists.

  • Updated Side Navigation — The side navigation features a new blurred background and a cleaner interface, making it easier to access your profile, sort through playlists, and more.

    Get hands-on with the new features yourself — download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now. Drop us a line on Twitter and Facebook to share your thoughts!

∞  May 22, 2013 — 10:00AM

Label SpotlightsNews

Take a Bite of Burger Records

Burger Records

Burger Records is an Orange County institution that encompasses a Fullerton-based record shop and an amazingly diverse label of artists blurring genre boundary lines. For nearly five years, Burger has crafted a fine reputation for nurturing and discovering new artists as well as supporting established acts like The Pharcyde and Ty Segall. Many of these releases originally came out on cassette, but now you can enjoy the sound of Burger digitally.

To celebrate this tasty arrival to Rdio, Burger Records has made a retrospective playlist of label highlights to share with you. Press play to discover artists such as Gestapo Khazi, Burnt Ones, and The Memories.

∞  May 17, 2013 — 11:00AM

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Discover New Music With Rdio and Shazam

Shazam

We’ve banded together with Shazam, the music identification tool, to make discovering your new favorite song and artist easier than ever, no matter where you are.

Now anyone with the Shazam app for iOS or Android can listen to entire songs after tagging them by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link. Seamlessly flow from identifying a never-before-heard track to playing it on Rdio, sharing it with friends, or finding more music by that artist within Shazam.

Rdio Unlimited subscribers can access the full experience in the app immediately. Users new to Rdio can try the mobile app free for 14 days to take advantage of the feature.

Originally launched last fall in the U.S., the integration is now available in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

∞  May 9, 2013 — 6:00AM

Label SpotlightsNews

Tap Your Toes To AUM Fidelity’s Jazz Catalog

Aum

New York’s 16-year-old independent label AUM Fidelity was inspired by the do-it-yourself spirit of punk record labels that nurtured and developed original acts through music released without major label assistance. That work ethic as well as the passion to encourage true individuality has been channeled into a different side of the music spectrum to highlight the jazz and avant-garde soul worlds.

Rdio is now home to AUM’s catalog online, and we encourage you to begin exploring it through the work of such label notables as improvisational rock band Shrimp Boat, alto saxophonist Darius Jones, pianist Matthew Shipp, the late saxophonist David S. Ware, and free jazz double bassist William Parker. The term “aum” represents the soundless sound of the harmonious universe, but we think you’ll find that AUM Fidelity represents a wide range of musical ideas.

Start your sonic journey with, Wisdom of Uncertainty, a six-song collaboration between David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, and Susie Ibarra below.

∞  May 1, 2013 — 10:00AM

MusicNews

Red Hot Chili Peppers Unleashes Catalog on Rdio

Red Hot Chili Peppers

From classics like Blood Sugar Sex Magik to more recent releases like Stadium Arcadium to forever favorites like Californication and One Hot Minute, there’s now plenty of Red Hot Chili Peppers action on Rdio to spice up your ears to whatever level of heat you desire. The L.A.-bred band is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year with the verve and effervescence of musicians much younger and greener — evidence that RHCP shows no signs of slowing down. Whether you start at the beginning or work backwards from the newest releases, the catalog is sure to offer insights, surprises, and old favorites.

We’re giving you a quick taste of the Chili Peppers with our RHCP Retrospective playlist — rock on below.

Label SpotlightsNews

Yeasayer, Minus the Bear, and More Secretly Canadian Artists Arrive to Rdio

Secretly Canadian

During your audio explorations of Rdio you may have noticed new and recent offerings from the likes of Diplo’s party project Major Lazer, Brooklyn’s psychedelic pop stars Yeasayer, or stately Detroit singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. These and many more albums new to Rdio hail from Secretly Canadian, a record label and distributor not-so-obviously based in Bloomington, Indiana. The label has been home to such diverse acts as experimentalists The Books, rock group Explosions In The Sky, indie darlings Dirty Projectors, Swedish pop act Jens Lekman, and the late Jason Molina’s alt-country project Songs: Ohia.

The Secretly Canadian catalog has grown to almost 800 titles since its inception in 1996. The company has even branched out to include sister labels Jagjaguwar, best known for the success of indie folk band Bon Iver, and Dead Oceans, the latter a recent addition boasting luminaries like John Vanderslice. Secretly Canadian includes its own distribution arm, SC Distribution, which was founded in 1997 and now distributes labels like Cloud Recordings, FatCat Records, K Records, The Social Registry, and Western Vinyl, to name just a few.

We suggest beginning what could be an epic journey of discovery with a couple cult classic albums from otherworldly singer slash modern goth princess Zola Jesus and Seattle’s hyper-catchy prog pop indie rock band Minus The Bear, two releases which instantly captivate open ears and also wonderfully hint at the wide spectrum of Secretly Canadian.