News

Rdio Expands To 60 Countries

Today, we're happy to announce Rdio has expanded into nine more countries around the world. We're now in 60 countries in six continents.

Welcome Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia in Europe as well as Indonesia, Philipines, Singapore, and Thailand in Asia.

In honor of our newest milestone, we've made a playlist of music from all the countries you can find Rdio. From Argentina's Soda Stereo to Venezuela's La Vida Boheme, uncover 60 tracks that are either current toppers, unforgettable classics, hometown anthems or just office favorites.

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. You can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited any time to stream unlimited mobile music everywhere you go.

∞  May 19, 2014 — 7:36PM

Posted by Rdio at 7:36PM in News |

ExclusivesLabel Spotlights

Exclusive: Journey Inside Stones Throw’s Headphones

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Stones Throw has created an incredible and diverse body of work over the past 18 years, a legacy that has been neatly summarized in a documentary called Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton. The film offers an insider’s look at the Los Angeles label through never-before-seen archival footage, home videos and interviews with founder Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Common, Mayer Hawthorne and many more.

To celebrate the release of the soundtrack and the documentary on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital, the label has kindly created an exclusive playlist for Rdio listeners called In Stones Throw’s Headphones. The 50-minute set reveals some of the label office’s most frequently played tunes from the catalog, including songs from Hawthorne, Madlib, and the late producer J Dilla.

Follow Stones Throw on Rdio for this playlist and check out the soundtrack to Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton for new beats from Madlib, unreleased rarities, brand new tunes, and other songs from the documentary.

∞  May 14, 2014 — 9:02AM

Posted by Rdio at 9:02AM in Exclusives, Label Spotlights |

New Music Weekly

New Music Weekly - May 13, 2014

With so many new releases emerging in all genres, it’s a great time to be a listener with broad tastes. This week, it’s time to explore the highly anticipated debut from Southern electronic duo Sylvan Esso, take in the latest efforts from New York indie pop act Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Regina Spektor and Of Montreal collaborator Kishi Bashi and rising country star Sturgill Simpson. Also, pay tribute to the late Lou Reed with a new collection of his songs performed by Peter Gabriel protege Joseph Arthur.

Tune in to the New Music Weekly playlist to hear curated highlights from these and other artists who have just dropped fresh material. If you want to stay in the groove, you can now subscribe to the playlist, then check back each Tuesday as a fresh set drops. Don’t forget to visit the Rdio New Releases for the wide view of all the latest songs!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
    The soulful Swedish electronic act’s fourth album breaks out beyond the dancefloor into even more experimental territory.

  • Michael Jackson - Xscape
    The King of Pop’s prolific nature in the studio and some modern finesse from executive producers Timbaland and L.A. Reid made this second posthumous album of previously unreleased songs possible.

  • Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke
    The incomparable singer unleashes an incredible 42nd album that includes a duet with Kenny Rogers and covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi.

  • Chromeo - White Women
    The cheeky electro duo’s fourth album is fleshed out with guitars and strings and features a motley crew of collaborators including Toro Y Moi, Solange Knowles, LCD Soundsystem and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig.

  • Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
    With songs inspired by visual artists like post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and photographer Diane Arbus, the singer-songwriter’s 14th full-length is an exploration of art pop.

∞  May 13, 2014 — 8:01AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:01AM in New Music Weekly |

New Music WeeklyThis Week on Rdio

New Music Weekly — May 6, 2014

This week's new releases mark the return of icons and classics, plus plenty of fresh and exciting faces. A great way to start tackling it all is with a little guidance.

First, try reacquainting yourself with Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li, British alt-rockers Morning Parade, the ultimate guitar hero Santana, or the always rock-chic Garbage.

Our New Music Weekly playlist features these artists plus more picks for the most compelling songs that have just come out. After listening, hop over to the Rdio New Releases page to explore even more.

And now our New Music Weekly playlist is dynamically updated each Tuesday. So subscribe once then check back to the playlist (from the left hand nav) each week for the latest new releases!

PLAYLIST NOTES

  • Hunter Hayes - Storyline
    The 22-year-old country singer and multi-instrumentalist from Louisiana expands from his one-man-band self-sufficiency and brings in guest musicians for his sophomore album.

  • Lily Allen - Sheezus
    The British pop star with a knack for tongue in cheek grooves and courting controversy comes back all guns blazing, Yeezus style.

  • Tune-Yards - Nikki Nack
    Merrill Garbus’ third album (and second since 2011’s international breakout Whokill) reflects on time spent in Haiti and focuses on simple yet honest and dark messages.

  • Usher - “Good Kisser”
    It’s been two years since the R&B heartthrob (and coach on The Voice) has dropped an album, but he’s teasing his next full-length with this naughty sizzler.

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.

∞  May 7, 2014 — 1:11PM

Posted by Rdio at 1:11PM in New Music Weekly, This Week on Rdio |

Influencer Spotlights

Influencer Spotlight: BottleRock Napa Valley

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BottleRock Napa Valley will pop the cork on its second annual music, food and wine festival at Napa Valley Expo in beautiful California Wine Country on May 30-June 1. Forty-five bands are scheduled to play over four stages while attendees wine and dine with from the region’s up-and-coming purveyors.

The Napa area is booming with new sights and sounds, and this year’s fest promises to upstage last year’s inaugural event with a wide variety of top talent across musical genres such as The Cure, TV on the Radio, The Fray, Outkast, Weezer, Matt & Kim, Blues Traveler, Heart, Gin Blossoms, Sublime with Rome, Eric Church, and many more.

Whether or not you will be checking out BottleRock in person, you can follow BottleRock on Rdio for exclusive playlists starting now and leading up to the festival weekend. Each day’s lineup is a tempting mix of artists & genres.

BottleRock Day 1 will kick off the celebration with headlining sets from acts like The Cure, Sublime, TV On the Radio, Mayer Hawthorne, and Spin Doctors:

BottleRock Day 2 offers a perfect lineup mashup with legends like Outkast, indie darlings Weezer, iconic rockers Heart, plus Matt and Kim, Blues Traveler, Third Eye Blind and more:

BottleRock Day 3 says, “Turn down for what?” LL Cool J, Deerhunter, The Fray, The Black Angels, Thee Oh Sees, and The Silverado Pickups will be guaranteed to keep the party going:

Ready to BottleRock? The pre-party starts right now on Rdio!

∞  May 1, 2014 — 2:15PM

Posted by Rdio at 2:15PM in Influencer Spotlights |

Artist SpotlightsThis Week on Rdio

Artist to Watch: 5 Questions with Strange Talk

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Strange Talk's debut Wind-Up Records release, Cast Away, has countless electrifying tunes that are bound to get stuck on repeat and never leave your head. We sat down with the Melbourne-based electro-pop band to discuss their new album, upcoming tour, and being one of Rdio’s 2014 Artists To Watch.

1. Where did you write the record?

We wrote the album in two completely different places. The first was a farm in Victoria in the country and the second was on the coast of Melbourne at a friend’s beach house. We locked ourselves away for several hours a day writing.

2. Were there any favorite artists that made an impact on the album’s sound or songwriting process?

There are so many musicians who made an impact on Cast Away! Michael Jackson, Daft Punk, and Queen are just a few of our long time influences. The album is a reflection of all the music we’ve listened to through the years of our lives and we put all these influences in a blender and out came the album.

3. How excited are you to finally debut these songs live in the US? What will the touring experience around this record be like?

We've spent a fair amount of time in the U.S. thus far playing in various cities, but never with an album released. So playing the songs that haven’t been released is always hard as no one knows them. It’s definitely a new chapter for us having an album out now.

4. You recently recorded an Rdio Session at SXSW. Can you tell us about the experience? What can fans expect from the live session compared to the album?

We try to make the live show different to the recording. We're big believers in having that difference because it seems so boring otherwise.

5. Who are some artists you think are on the verge of making it big and what is it like being chosen as one of Rdio’s 2014 Artists to Watch?

Warpaint and Great Good Fine Ok. To choose us out of all the other bands is very humbling and a huge honor! Thank you!

Strange Talk’s album, Cast Away is out today on Wind-Up Records. Keep up-to-date with all the band’s activities and follow Strange Talk on Rdio.

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.

∞  April 29, 2014 — 5:36PM

Posted by Rdio at 5:36PM in Artist Spotlights, This Week on Rdio |

News

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.

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.

∞  April 25, 2014 — 4:07PM

Posted by Rdio at 4:07PM in News |

NewsRdio RecommendsThis Week on Rdio

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.

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.

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

Posted by Rdio at 3:08PM in News, Rdio Recommends, This Week on Rdio |

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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.

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.

∞  March 31, 2014 — 8:01AM

Posted by Rdio at 8:01AM in New Features, News, Tips & Tricks |

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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!

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.

∞  March 28, 2014 — 2:31PM

Posted by Rdio at 2:31PM in Developer App, News, Tips & Tricks |