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Run the NYC Marathon with Rdio


Tens of thousands of runners are getting ready for the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, and one thoughtful Rdio super user has made not one, but two soundtracks for it!

Jon Farb, who describes himself as a “NYC tech scene nerd,” has made two playlists to keep himself and you pumped through the whole day. “The only way I've been able to keep the motivation and power through time intensive training has been listening exclusively to Rdio playlists,” he says, “Both my very strategically crafted playlists as well as other users’.”

His playlist "Pow!" hits hard with songs by the loud likes of Rancid, Adolescents, and Sick Of It All, while "Wham!" stars classic punk and rock bands like the Sex Pistols, Ramones, and X. Hey, it takes a lot of energy to run 26.2 miles, so you need all the help you can get.

Thanks for the playlists, Jon! You can track his progress by following his bib number, 42630 on Sunday. Good luck to everyone who is running the marathon!

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

Boards of Canada

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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Inside the Sounds of NCIS: Benchmark


The NCIS: Benchmark soundtrack dropped yesterday from the 10-season-long police drama NCIS, but unlike many film or television soundtracks, this one has a special twist. Both Pauley Perrette (who plays Abby Sciuto) and Michael Weatherly (Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo) have contributed original songs to the collection, which also features artists such as Lady Antebellum, Neon Trees, Patty Griffin, and Hank Williams. To celebrate, Perrette and Weatherly have made exclusive playlists for Rdio listeners that offer insight into their musical lives.

Pauley Perrette
Perrette’s collection, featuring bands like Modest Mouse, Indigo Girls, Capital Cities, and Vintage Trouble, “are tracks in the family of songs that I like to listen to when I’m down,” says the actress, “Songs that inspire and make me feel better!”

Michael Weatherly
Weatherly has selected wistful and melodic songs with a hint of hope and longing from artists like The Kinks, Elvis Costello, The Police, and Fleetwood Mac. “It is the mystery in them that keeps me returning to them year after year,” he reveals.

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Rdio Sessions: These Are the Artists You Need to Watch

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We’ve been honored to host live, intimate shows with a wonderfully diverse group of rising artists from around the world like Passenger, City and Colour, On An On, Alpine, Shout Out Louds, and Missy Higgins. Our new Rdio Sessions playlist is a quick way to get familiar with our exclusive live performance series, which we record with diehard fans and Rdio listeners like you in attendance. We’ll continue to update the playlist with any and all future Rdio Sessions like Autre Ne Veut, Paloma Faith, and Youngblood Hawke. Subscribe to know when bands are buzzing and about to break.

Enjoy the set below and watch this space for more installments of Rdio Sessions!

∞  July 18, 2013 — 10:00AM

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Rdio’s Top Charts of 2012

Most Played Tracks 2012

As 2012 winds down, it’s time to look back on our musical journey and reflect on all jams past. This was a year full of heavy-hitting new releases but the most shared album in the world was a powerful contender from 2011. Adele’s 21 never left our charts in ‘12 — neither did Icelandic indie troupe Of Monsters and Men’s debut album, Alt-J’s Mercury Prize winning LP, and the soundtrack to Brazilian soap opera, Avenida Brasil.

Take a look below to see who else ruled the global Top Shared Albums on Rdio.

1. Adele - 21
2. Of Monsters And Men - My Head Is An Animal
3. Various Artists - Avenida Brasil EP
4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gotye - Making Mirrors
7. Paula Fernandes - Meus Encantos
8. Thiaguinho - Ousadia & Alegria
9. Audiogroove - 100% Top 40 Summer 2012
10. fun. - Some Nights

Naturally, these results are reflected back here at home, too, with the aforementioned artists and more making plenty of waves. Take a look at the Top Played Tracks in the U.S. to see who else made the grade:


  1. 1. Gotye - “Somebody That I Used To Know”
  2. 2. fun. featuring Janelle Monae - “We Are Young”
  3. 3. Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
  4. 4. fun. - “Some Nights”
  5. 5. Drake featuring Rihanna - “Take Care”
  6. 6. Jay-Z and Kanye West - “Ni***s in Paris”
  7. 7. Adele - “Set Fire To The Rain”
  8. 8. M83 - “Midnight City”
  9. 9. Ellie Goulding - “Lights”
  10. 10. Adele - “Rolling in The Deep”

Loved the list? Then listen to the 20 Most Played Tracks on Rdio 2012 in the U.S. below and discover how many of the words you may already know by heart.

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Announcing Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Award Winners

Best of 2012

Move over, Grammys — Rdio’s Best Of 2012 Awards are here! It took a lot of statistical (and, um, creative) research to determine the winner of such categories as Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest and Album With The Most Swag, but we finally have the definitive answers.

Without further ado, it’s time for a drumroll. Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of Rdio’s Best Of 2012 are ready for their closeups:

Album That Never Left Your Heavy Rotation
Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
From “Super Rich Kids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” to “Pyramids” and “Forrest Gump,” Ocean kept us pressing play over and over again.

Best Reason to Wait for the Beat to Drop
18 Months - Calvin Harris
The Scottish DJ/producer kept hands in the air with meteoric anthems like “Feel So Close” and “Sweet Nothing.”

Album With the Most Swag
Based on a T.R.U. Story - 2 Chainz
The Atlanta rapper has had a huge year, with a gold single (“No Lie”) and a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, but this honor is his most effortless.

Best Album to Take on Your Visionquest
Cobra Juicy - Black Moth Super Rainbow
Pittsburgh’s strangest act will help you come of age with its fifth album.

Album You Can’t Resist Singing Along To
Tornado - Little Big Town
The fifth album from the Nashville country heroes is undeniably their most infectious.

Best Reason Not to Skip Through the Commercials
“The Scientist” - Willie Nelson
Nelson’s astonishing cover of Coldplay’s song is one of the year’s great surprises.

They Brought The Rock in 2012
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
The Canadian duo handily avoids the sophomore slump by truly throwing down on this album.

Supergroup Album of the Year
A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits
A dash of Spoon and a heap of Wolf Parade equals an indie giant mix.

Best Music to Walk Home To
Lonerism - Tame Impala
The sophomore album from the Australian psychdelic rockers is perfect for your most introspective stroll.

Most Enchanting Album of the Year
Bloom - Beach House
Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally stole our hearts with their first new album in two years, a project that brought the Baltimore duo to Texas to record.

Breakout Album of the Year
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
A return to simplicity and sincerity took this folk rock debut to the far reaches.

If We Could Recommend One Album To You This Year It Would Be
Mia Pharoah - Miniature Tigers
Keep in mind how many thousands of titles come across our headphones each year, but seriously, check out this dreamy Brooklyn indie pop immediately.

Bask in the aural glory of the winners circle with our Best of 2012: Award Winners playlist below:

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Best of 2012: Staff Picks

The diverse Rdio staff has many teams and departments, but all share a deep love for music. We got everyone together — support, mobile, marketing, and more — and delved back into the past 12 months to pick our absolute top tunes of the year. Want to know the songs that we couldn’t take off of repeat? Hear the Best of 2012: Staff Picks playlist now.

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Developer Apps: Typing Karaoke

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Say farewell to productivity for the next half hour — this month’s featured Developer App is Typing Karaoke.

Developed by Travis Chen at the most recent Hollywood Hackday, Typing Karaoke is described as Mavis Beacon meets Guitar Hero. Pick from a selection of songs like Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” or Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and try your best to type along to the lyrics. Make sure to warm up those digits because the faster and more accurate you are, the more points you’ll score. Are you dying to transcribe a certain tune? Follow Travis on Twitter and suggest a song.

Think you have what it takes to make the next awesome app? Then have a look at Rdio’s Developer’s Page to register for an API key. We have a Github and API Google Group to help you get started. Who knows? Your creation can be worth some money through the Rdio Affiliate Program.

∞  June 13, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Listening To: Out of the Game

“Rufus Wainwright is a chameleon and I mean that as the sincerest form of flattery. Every album he has released defies classification unless you bought into the "Popera" description so widely bandied about (even by him early on). I did not. Baroque and roll? Maybe.

This album comes on the heels of his mother's death and the birth of his daughter (with his hero, Leonard Cohen's, daughter and his longtime partner). On that note the album is upbeat and clear-headed, contemplative obviously, but with Mark Ronson on board as Producer, Rufus' sound is a bit more "manageable." And as a maturing artist, that is good.

A ‘70s vibe is clear, especially on "Barbara" and "Rashida." Think Avocado and Harvest Gold and Benedict Canyon parties. For me "Jericho," "Song of You," and "Respectable Dive" are the standouts. "Candles," a lament and a prayer to and for his mother, is classic Rufus — gorgeous and solemn with passion dripping from the speakers. Lyrically he remains in a class all alone, certainly.

Being that Rufus is my number one, my Elton John, Michael Stipe and Burt Bacharach all rolled into one, I admit I am too biased to write a review that is "fair." But if you want "fair," then hit the midway at your local carnival. If you want the perfect early summer album for 2012, look no further. How can you be out of the game when you never left it?”

Johnny Hooks

∞  June 7, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Developer Apps: re/spin


We’ll now be calling our regular API feature “Developer App” — but the coolness remains the same. This month, the awesome app created with a little help from the Rdio API is re/spin.

re/spin imports your playlists from Last.fm and Spotify to Rdio with just a few clicks. If you’re on Last.fm, either enter your Last.fm username or playlist URL to select and transfer your mixes over to Rdio. Spotify account holders will need to batch select tracks in Spotify, copy (ctrl+c or cmd+c), and paste the links into the re/spin text box to import. re/spin can help you organize your plethora of playlists to one central location on your favorite music source, Rdio.

Do you have a great idea for an awe-worthy app, or just want to learn more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page. If it piques your interest, register for an API key to start building. Your creation may even earn you some cash from the Rdio Affliate Program. Need help? Visit our Github and API Google Group for sample code and libraries, or just for support.

∞  May 11, 2012 — 10:00AM