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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.

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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.

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Lean Back and Listen: New Stations on Sonos

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We love Sonos. Thanks to its multi-room music system, you can play Rdio’s huge catalog of songs and albums in every room of the house, from the kitchen to the living room. And now, Rdio Stations on Sonos are new and improved giving you even more to love when you play music at home.

In the new Stations section, you can now start up a station based on any genre; listen to You FM, your personalized station, or play a friend’s FM station; listen to your Collection or Heavy Rotation station; and find a list of stations you’ve recently played on another device and pick up where you left off.

Want to hear an artist station? Just search for the artist you’re in the mood to hear. Once you’ve started your station, lean back and listen while Rdio plays a mix of your favorites and related tracks all through the house.

Of course, you can still play all the songs and albums on Sonos that you want, browse and listen to playlists, and check out what your friends are listening to. But now when Sonos turns your house into a concert hall, stations can give you the perfect mix of headlining acts.

Want to fill the room with music? Learn how to connect Sonos to your Rdio account.

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.

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Rdio + Shazam Go Global

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We’ve been incredibly stoked about working with Shazam the past year to power music discovery in new and creative ways. Earlier this month we announced our latest integration with Shazam to offer a personal playlist of your Shazamed songs in the Rdio App. This playlist automatically updates with every new song you tag in Shazam, making it easy to relive an amazing night out, track for track, on Rdio. Music fans can also instantly listen to entire songs on the fly right after tagging them in Shazam by clicking the “Listen Free on Rdio” link within the app.

Now Rdio and Shazam are taking these integrations around the world to 29 additional countries including France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.

“Working together in major countries across the globe, we are now providing more than 270 million Shazam users the ability to instantly listen to an entire song they just identified exclusively on Rdio and seamlessly build playlists on Rdio,” said Daniel Danker, chief product officer of Shazam.

“Music lovers around the globe can now connect Shazam's tagging feature with Rdio's digital music service. All the songs tagged in Shazam are automatically added to a 'My Shazam Tracks' playlist in Rdio, making it easy to identify, save, and organize their music discoveries,” said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. “Rdio and Shazam are at the forefront of how people are discovering new music.”

Here is the complete list of the 35 countries where the Shazam and Rdio integration is now available: United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Peru, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

Our partnership with Shazam is one of the many ways we are dedicated to bringing the Rdio experience to music lovers everywhere. Paired with our new option to listen to Rdio for free on web or mobile in the United States, we can proudly say the music never stops! And for on-demand listening everywhere you go, upgrade to Rdio Unlimited, our Family Plan, or grab a Student Discount.

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Pass It On: Drag & Share the Music You Love

When you stumble upon music that feels new and noteworthy, the desire to share it with friends comes pretty easily. That’s why we’ve made it simpler than ever to share music you discover on Rdio with the new Drag & Share feature, available on Rdio web and desktop apps.

Here’s how it works: Click the album, playlist, or song you want to share, drag it to the right side of your Rdio screen, and choose how you want to share it — on Twitter, on Facebook, or with a friend on Rdio. You can quickly drag music to a playlist, too.

Whether you’re repping your new jam on Twitter and Facebook or telling your best friend about an album they just gotta hear, Drag & Share is a faster, fun way to spread the word about the music you love. And that’s not a drag at all.

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Rdio Feature Spotlight: Remote Control

Back in November, we introduced our brand new Rdio apps for iOS and Android. Today we’re highlighting one of the most loved additions from our update to help make the most of your Rdio experience — with the remote control feature, your music is never out of reach.

When Rdio is in Remote Control Mode, you can still control the tunes playing from your phone with the web and desktop apps.

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Clicking Play Here Instead will stop the song in its tracks. Press play to continue the same song on whichever app or browser you’re using.

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On the flipside, now the mobile apps will let you know when “Rdio is playing elsewhere,” too. Tap the bottom to bring up the updated playback screen. From there, you can use your mobile phone to control Rdio if it’s playing on another device.

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Listening to music on your laptop while getting ready to go out? Pause, skip, play a Station, modify your Queue, and more from the comfort of your palm. Ready to head out? Keep the jams going by tapping Play Here Instead and your mobile device will pick up where your laptop left off.

If you haven’t tried out the new Remote Control feature yet, download Rdio for iOS or Rdio for Android now.

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Listen With Friends to Rdio on Facebook

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It might not be a brand new feature, but it's a cool one. When you connect your Rdio account with Facebook, not only can your friends see what’s Now Playing but you can listen to songs together. If you see a music note next to a friend’s name in the Facebook chat sidebar, hover over it and click the Listen With button. Close out at any time or let your friend become your personal DJ.

You can still chat during the DJ session and when others join the listening party, they’ll be added to the chat as well. Next time you like what your friend is playing, join in the fun.

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∞  May 24, 2012 — 1:50PM

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New Rdio Spotlight: Stations

This week, we’re diving into new Rdio’s Stations — Stations provide easy, instant mixes for those who are in the mood to sit back and listen. Wherever you see a Play Station button, click Play to hear a shuffled mix based on the music from that page.

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Here are three types of Stations you’ll see as you browse new Rdio:

Heavy Rotation: Want to hear a sample of the great tunes your Network is listening to? If so, the Heavy Rotation Station is for you.

Collection: Create a Station from your Collection (or anyone else’s) to play a shuffled mix of songs — then relax and bask in the carefully-curated musical glory.

Artist: With Artist Stations, you’ll get a mix of songs from both your selected Artist, and similar Artists.

Prefer to hear a shuffled mix of tunes from the selected Artist only? Press the play button from the page header to start an Artist-only station.

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That about wraps it up for this week — if you’re using new Rdio, and have have questions or suggestions, get in touch with us via @Rdiohelp or help@rdio.com.

Curious? New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio. The completely redesigned new Rdio is available to all Web and Unlimited subscribers.

∞  April 12, 2012 — 12:09PM

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New Rdio Spotlight: Click, Collect, and Share

We’re back with more Tip & Tricks for New Rdio — today we’re focusing on some of the ways we realized a couple oft-requested features. Let’s take a closer look at the Action Menu.

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Click the plus (+) sign on any album, track, or playlist to open the Action Menu. Unlimited Subscribers can use Sync to Mobile to add the item to their Offline Collection. If you’d like to add the album to your Queue, select Play Later.

You may have noticed that Add to Playlist now appears on albums too. That’s right, you can add full-album to playlists using the action menu, or using another brand new feature — drag and drop.

On New Rdio you can click an album and drag it directly into a playlist in the left-hand sidebar.

This brings us to the next menu on the action menu — Share. Select Share from the menu to open up all the share options.

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You can also use that nifty drag and drop feature to Share, too! Just drag the item to a friends icon in the right-hand sidebar to open up the Share menu, and send to them via Facebook, Twitter, Email, or direct link.

That wraps up this week’s peek into New Rdio. If you’ve got any questions or feedback, let us know!

Curious? New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio. The completely redesigned new Rdio is available to all Web and Unlimited subscribers.

∞  April 5, 2012 — 1:54PM

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New Rdio Spotlight: Your Network

Since launching the new Rdio preview for all subscribers, we want to point out some the handy new features and behind-the-scenes improvements. This week — let’s look at your friends, family and the rest of the people you follow on Rdio.

Your Rdio Network is like a recommendations system tailored for you, by you — they influence the music you’ll see and discover every time you log into Rdio.

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Now it’s easy to look at your friends’ favorite picks. From the new People Sidebar you can quickly view Your Network, and see what your Online friends are listening to on Rdio.

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Find something that catches your eye? Hover over your friend’s name to listen along with a single click, or add his current tunes to your Collection or Queue.

Quick tip: Click the People icon to open or close the sidebar.

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Click ‘Find and Invite People’ to find out which of your friends are already on Rdio —you’ll have the option to connect with Facebook, Twitter or your email account directly.

Once the accounts are linked, you’ll see a list of friends from your network who are already on Rdio, but you’re not yet following, in the People You Know section.

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What about people I don’t already know?

The labels, magazines, musicians, and tastemakers you’ll find in our Suggestions section are great for inspiration, discovery, and some pretty fantastic playlists. And Your Network probably follows some pretty interesting people themselves, so you can check their profiles for amped-up discovery.

Curious? New Rdio is a visually beautiful and dynamic way to play Rdio. The completely redesigned new Rdio is available to all Web and Unlimited subscribers.