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New Rdio Spotlight: Browse

Last week we launched the new Rdio preview for all subscribers. This week we’re kicking off the New Rdio Spotlight series to help familiarize you with some new features and behind-the-scenes improvements.


Housed on the left sidebar, let’s begin with the Browse section — with new Rdio, prepare to find music faster than ever. Easy access to both new and well-loved features can expedite your new music exploration, then quickly get back to where you left off listening.

You might have noticed that Heavy Rotation got a face-lift — discover what your network is listening to by scrolling through a tailored album display. With New Rdio, just hover over the user icons next to each album to see how many friends have listened to it. You can click the number icon to see a full list.

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Pro-tip: you can still find your own top albums on your profile page, just click your name in the upper right-hand corner.

Go to Recent Activity to check out what Your Network has been up to. You’ll see their latest reviews, playlist updates, what they’re adding to their Collections and more.

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Top Charts is still the home of the most played-music on Rdio, but now you can see which of your friends is jamming out. Sort by Album, Song, Artist, and even browse through the top Playlists on Rdio.

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Be in-the-know with New Releases. Every Tuesday, find out what came out this week, last week, or the week before. You can also click Overview to see the most popular releases from the last few weeks in one place.

That wraps up this week’s New Rdio Spotlight. Tune in next week for more tips and tricks.

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.

∞  March 22, 2012 — 11:09AM

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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.

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Tips & Tricks: Help is On the Way

Tips & TricksIf you visited Rdio's Help site recently, you may have noticed our design refresh. On this week’s Tips & Tricks, we’re here to give you the lowdown on what's changed.

So, what’s new?

Design facelift aside, you’ll see all of our original articles content, including tips for getting started, troubleshooting articles, and secret hidden features.

Use the "I did"/"I did not find this article helpful" links at the bottom of each article to let us know what we can improve.

What's new in the forums? 

At the bottom of the main page, you can browse Rdio's Community Discussions, which are separated into platform-based categories.

When viewing a discussion, you can respond with a post of your own, and can also vote for other answers as well. Click the up arrow next to a question or answer, and let us know posts you've found most helpful.

On long threads, these votes will help surface the best answers.

Any questions?

Start a new thread, we’d love to hear what you think!

∞  July 29, 2011 — 4:03PM

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Tips & Tricks: Waste Not, Want Not

Tips & Tricks Many monthly cellular data plans are limited these days — but luckily that doesn’t mean your Rdio experience has to be limited as well.

There are a few easy ways to conserve your data without restricting your Rdio Mobile apps (for iPhone, Android and Blackberry)—this week’s Tips & Tricks is here to show you how.

Tip 1: Sync Your Tunes

Save data by syncing your tunes. Synced music is stored directly on your device, and does not need a connection to play. Whether you’re Online or Offline, playing synced music won’t use any data.

Tip 2: Stream and Sync over a Wifi Connection

Connect to Wifi for high-quality streams and faster syncing without taking a toll on your monthly 3G data plan.

Tip 3: Customize Your Sync Settings

To minimize date usage while syncing your tunes, edit your Settings. On an iOS device, go to Settings and tap Advanced—you can select “Wifi Only” to make sure the phone won’t ever sync over 3G. On an Android device you can do this by going to Settings, tapping Enable Background Syncing and selecting “Wifi Only.”

Now you can listen to Rdio on-the-go, worry-free. If you’ve got any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you.

∞  July 14, 2011 — 3:01PM

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Tips & Tricks: Your Queue to Enter

Tips & Tricks With New Releases, friends’ favorites and Recommendations aplenty on Rdio, it’s hard to know what to listen to next. Luckily, your Queue is here to help.

Not ready to commit a new find to your Collection? Re-discover a favorite album? Need a few hours of music for a long afternoon at work? The Queue is a great resting place for tunes you’re anxious to hear — add anything to it: albums, songs, playlists or Rdio Stations.

Ready, set, Queue.

Quickly add new music to your Queue from the action menu, or shortcut an album to the top of your Queue with a quick CMD (or CTRL on PC) + click.

Once what you’re currently listening to finishes, your Queue will start playing.

Let’s see what you’ve got.

Access and organize your Queue directly from your Dashboard. From there you can view or reorganize your picks, and even quick-click a track straight to the top. Gotten a little too click-happy? You can clear your Queue here too.

Check out our full guide to Queueing, and as always, let us know if you have questions or feedback!

∞  June 30, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Tips and Tricks: Let’s Play

Tips & TricksWith so much great new music coming out each and every week, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the all the variety. And sometimes what you need is just a simple, well-curated playlist.

Playlists are the perfect way to find, organize and share music on Rdio — whether you’re creating or listening, there’s always something new to discover.

How do I create a playlist? Hover over the Action menu next to a song and select Add to Playlist. A pop-up will appear — select an existing playlist, or choose Create Playlist to make a new one. Give your playlist a name and description, then click Create. Allow other people to join the fun by making your playlists Collaborative.

Now what?

Get creative! Share ideas, play musical games, and take advantage of other Rdio-ers’ vast musical knowledge. Use Playlists to:

To cruise the best of the best, check out Rdio’s Playlist Charts, featuring our Top Playlists of all time, this month, this week or today.

Have you already mastered the art of the incredible playlist? Tell people about it—embed it on your blog or Tweet about it. We are always on the lookout for the next great playlist!

∞  June 16, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Tips and Tricks: We’re Here For You

We, the folks behind Rdio, want to hear what you have to say. Whether it’s a feature request, bug report, or some heart-felt praise, we’re all ears. This week’s Tip and Tricks is here to show you the best ways to be heard by someone at Rdio. We get great emails, tweets, and posts from Rdio’s awesome community every day, and we want to keep the conversation going.

Contact Us

Short and sweet: Got a question, feature request, or issue that fits in 140 characters or less? Send a tweet to @Rdio or @Rdiohelp and we’ll try to help.

One on one: Need more space to explain what you’re seeing, or have something for our eyes only? You can reach us by email. We’ll do our best to respond as soon as possible, usually within one business day. is great place to let us know about bugs, mislabeled tracks, or feature requests.

Sharing is caring: Want to open up the conversation? You can search our forums or start a new thread to find out if anyone else has requested the same feature, or is experiencing the same issue—and we’ll chime in. You can also submit a message directly to us from a form on the Help page.

Like Us: Rdio is on Facebook. Like Rdio to get news on the latest updates—new music, features and contests (like the GaGawesome one happening now). Join in on the fun and post on our Wall if you have questions, praise, or feedback.

Build It: If you’re creating something using Rdio’s API, there are several ways you can ask questions—check out the Developer Forum, join the Rdio API Google Group (which is where you’re likely to get the quickest reply), or follow @RdioAPI on Twitter.

Have a question about something? We want to hear from you, and now you know what to do.

∞  June 2, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Tips and Tricks: If You Like It, Then You Should Review It

You are a music listener of distinguished taste. You have opinions and it’s important to share them with your Rdio friends and followers. Luckily, Rdio has a way for you to inspire them with your words.

This week, Tips and Tricks is about Reviews. Reviews are an excellent way to let your Network know what you think about your latest discovery, rediscovery, or time-tested favorites.

How do I write a review?

You can review any artist, album or playlist by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking Write a Review. Have something to say about one song in particular? Choose the song from the dropdown menu.

Pro Tip: Ever wonder how people end up on the People to Follow Page? One of the things we’re on the lookout for is well-written, thoughtful, clever, or just plain awesome reviews from Rdio’s community. Keep up the good work and you could be one of our next Suggested Users.

Next step: Let the world know

You can show off your clever reviews to even more people in your network by posting them to Facebook and Twitter. Make sure your accounts are connected, then choose where you’d like to spread the word.

Bonus: Sharing on Twitter will automatically include an embed in #NewTwitter’s sidebar.

Ready, Set, Review!

Think of something you’d like to see in an upcoming Tips & Tricks? Let us know, as we’d love to hear what you have to say.

∞  May 19, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Tips & Tricks: Follow the Leader

Following people on Rdio makes it easy to discover (and re-discover) music — you’ll see what they listen to most, what they add to their Collections, and their Playlists and reviews.

How do I find people to Follow?

There are a few ways to find people to Follow on Rdio — whether they’re old friends, new friends, or just people with awesome musical taste.

Find out which of your friends are already on Rdio by connecting Rdio with your Twitter, Facebook or email account directly on our People to Follow page — just click on the network you’d like to connect, and you’ll see a permissions page appear.

Once they’re linked, you’ll see a list of friends from your network who are already on Rdio, but you’re not yet following.

[Tip: if your email provider isn’t listed, you can also create and import a contact file directly from your computer using the Upload Contacts File button:

What about people I don’t know?

Browse our People to Follow section — the Tastemakers (Labels, magazines, festivals and more), Suggested Users, and Top Listeners you’ll find there are great for inspiration.

Still looking for more?

You never know what music you might discover in other peoples’ profiles, Collections, and Playlists. Following users with similar (or enviable) music taste is great for discovery and your network’s Heavy Rotation.

No matter where you are within, you can find out about other people whenever you see a user icon. Hover over anyone’s icon, anywhere on Rdio — a review, an album’s recent listeners, your friends’ followers — and you’ll see a hovercard appear.

Click the arrow to see Heavy Rotation, Top Artists and Collection details.

Once you Follow someone, you’ll see his activity reflected in Your Network’s Heavy Rotation and Recent Activity — you’ll also be able to Share albums, songs, Playlists and Artists with him directly.

Questions? Feedback? Tell us about it on Rdio’s help site.

∞  May 5, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Tips and Tricks: Search

We’re sure you’re familiar with the old saying “Give a listener a song and she’ll listen for a couple minutes. Teach a listener to search on Rdio, and she’ll rock out forever.” This week we’re here to help you fine-tune your tune-finding skills.

Your jumping-off point for Search is, of course, the search bar itself:

Type the name of an artist, album, song, or playlist into the search bar, and results will magically appear in a dropdown list, separated by category.

To see more, select Show All Results (or hit your Enter key), and browse through the tabs at the top of the Search page.

Pro Tip: When searching for a tune, you can also see all user-created Playlists that include the song—just click the song title, then select the Playlists tab.

“Nice tips, but where are the tricks?” you may say. Don’t worry, we’ve got some up our sleeve.

Trying to find something but don’t want to go through 10 pages of results? You can narrow things down by putting quotation marks around your search term, or use the hyphen character (-) to exclude words from the search. (“The The” is a favorite search-befuddling band.)

Still seeing too much noise? Check out more search-related tips in our Help site. And if you still have questions or feedback, we’d love to hear from you.

∞  April 21, 2011 — 12:00AM