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Listen to: Wonky

“After a multi-year hiatus, they dusted off their vintage gear and brought us a blend of vintage and contemporary styles that is all Orbital.

In this album, I hear a bit of In Sides and a bit of Middle of Nowhere. Folded into this are some expressions of current trends and styles, which I believe they successfully made their own. The best part for me is that I find every song on this album listenable repeatedly, which hasn't been true for at least two of their last albums. In typical Orbital style, this album has some sublimely beautiful moments, and at other times has flourishes that seem a bit hackneyed.

Overall, a quality offering. I'm glad they are back. I hope they can keep the creative juices flowing, and get back in prime form with their next release.”

Jeff Elder

∞  May 10, 2012 — 9:00AM

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Unofficial Rdio App: Radio Time Machine

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Here's one more awesome app brought you to by the Rdio API. This time, we’d like to spotlight Radio Time Machine as the featured Unofficial Rdio App.

Visit Radio Time Machine to travel back in through the years and discover how music changed from 1960 to today. Toggle the interactive timeline and the app will play the most popular songs from your destination year according to the Billboard Top 100. Powered by Rdio, Radio Time Machine goes all the way back over 50 years so let the music transport you.

Want to hear more about music apps and the Rdio API? Read more about it on Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and start building. Visit our Github and API Google Group for sample code and libraries, or just for support. Need another reason? You can even earn some green via the Rdio Affiliate Program.

∞  April 19, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Listen to: Getz Plays Jobim: The Girl From Ipanema

“If you have never heard this album before and consider yourself to be a jazz aficionado, turn in your membership card at once! This collaboration of Getz, Jobim, and the "Keely Smith" type vocals of Astrud Gilberto rocked the music world in the ‘60s.

The thing is, just like Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue," this has stood the test of time and sounds just as fresh and innovative as the day it was released on a vinyl LP.”

Rick Chandler

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Listen to: Opera Explained: Mozart - Cosi Fan Tutte (Smillie)

“I’m all a wallow in hog heaven and had to share. Have stumbled on a series of ‘Opera Explained’ discs that walk you through 29 of the world’s best operas (or series — an excellent Wagner covers the Ring series in 2 discs). Each disc provides background on the composer, his life and times, in an academic (some may feel pedantic) voice over including numerous excerpts from the opera as well as the composer’s other works.

Most commentary by Thomson Smillie, an opera scholar and impresario, who is as enjoyable as the works themselves. Entertaining and insightful, if your enquiring mind wants to know, here is all you need to take your opera experience to the next level. Sou-ee!”

Jon Parsons

Follow Jon Parsons on Rdio for more insightful classical music reviews.

∞  March 16, 2012 — 10:00AM

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Unofficial Rdio Apps: Anthm


In this installment of awesome apps created using the Rdio API, we're happy to present Anthm. Think of Anthm as a majority-rule interactive jukebox.

Download the app to your iPhone and invite your friends to create a playlist with you using Rdio’s music library. Once songs are added, you and your friends can vote for what you want to hear — vote up to play the track sooner, vote down to eventually remove the song. Plug your phone into any speaker and pump up your perfect party mix.

Get music recommendations from the app-makers themselves — you can also follow Anthm on Rdio.

Interested in learning more about the Rdio API? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and change how people listen to music. You can even earn some cash through the Rdio Affiliate Program. We even have sample code and libraries available on Github and an API Google Group to help spur your idea.

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Listen to: Django Django

“Listening to Django Django, I am taken back to when I first heard the Beta Band's The Three E.P.’s and Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk at Cubist Castle. Amazing, vaguely psychedelic pop, with a penchant for Beatle-isms, a pocket full of Pet Sounds and a pulsing minimalist disco beat.

Their name is a variation of Quando Quango, Factory Record's disco outfit from the early ‘80s. I'm hearing all sorts of odd references here: Arthur Russell, Flat Earth Society, Dick Dale, Radiophonic Workshop, DJ Rush, Bush Tetras, Elephant 6, and, yes, the aforementioned Beta Band. Best of all, these guys sound like they are having a blast making music: this record is resplendent with joyous, youthful sonic adventure.”

Tod Nelson

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Unofficial Rdio Apps: Playlistdio and SF Music Hack Day

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In our quest to highlight cool and useful things built using the Rdio API, Playlistdio is this month’s noteworthy app. It helps you de-dupe tunes in your playlists and create a mix of the top 50 songs from any artist.

Simply visit Playlistdio, connect your Rdio account, and clean up your playlists by removing the duplicate tracks. Or if you want to make an artist playlist, search for an artist and create a playlist of the top 50 most popular songs.

Do you have a brilliant idea that can change how users listen to music on Rdio? Visit Rdio’s Developer page, register for an API key, and start building. Feel free to check out our sample code and libraries on Github and join our API Google Group. Need more incentive? You can even earn some dough via the Rdio Affiliate Program.

If you're in the Bay Area and have an idea and coding chops, register for this weekend’s San Francisco’s Music Hackday. Build something neat using Rdio’s API and you could win free time on Rdio.

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Listen to Sufjan Stevens on Rdio


The wait is over for Sufjan Stevens fans — you can now listen to his music on Rdio.

The Michigan-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is the mind behind acclaimed gems like Michigan, Illinois, and Seven Swans. Stevens is responsible for some of the most beloved music of the past decade, and has continued to lead fans down his intriguing rabbit-hole in the new decade — 2010’s genre-bending The Age of Adz was Steven’s most ambitious record to date, ending with a 25-minute suite that included auto-tuned vocals.

Add the Sufjan Stevens discography to your collection today, and share his music with your friends. If you haven’t listened to Stevens yet, today is a good time to start.

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Listen to Gotye’s Making Mirrors on Rdio


When not recording with his three-piece pop band The Basics, multi-instrumentalist Wally De Backer writes and performs as Gotye. This Australian phenomenon has already recorded three albums under the moniker — Making Mirrors is his third.

Making Mirrors is now available on Rdio for your listening pleasure — don’t let this gem go unheard.

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Unofficial Rdio Apps: Trnsmit


Rdio has a solid Engineering team here in San Francisco, building features and improving our products every day. But thanks to Rdio’s API, music fans and hackers anywhere can create their own Rdio apps, enhancements and social music innovations. Starting this month, we’ll be featuring interesting Rdio API apps monthly, right here on our blog.

This month is all about Trnsmit. Rdio’s own desktop apps can already match your iTunes Library, but what about all those playlists you built way back when? Move them from iTunes to Rdio with Trnsmit.

Importing your iTunes playlists is simple — connect your Rdio account to Trnsmit, export your playlist as XML, and upload it to Trnsmit. Presto: your perfect work-out mix is on Rdio without breaking a sweat.

Are you a developer with great ideas? Visit Rdio’s Developer page and register for an API key, check out our sample code and libraries on Github, join our API Google Group for discussion, and start building. You can even get some green for your efforts via the Rdio Affiliate program.