Tips & Tricks

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Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Quick Queuing, a Beginner ’s Guide

It’s been an exciting few weeks here in the Rdio office, so for this week’s Tips and Tricks we’re keeping things short and sweet.

Whether you’ve got five things in your Queue or a hundred, getting your next listen ready to play just got a whole lot easier with our brand new “Move to top of Queue” button.

Simply click theicon to move that album, playlist, song or Rdio Station straight to the top. You can do this from your Dashboard’s Queue tab, or directly within the flyover view.

And here’s one of our Secret Hidden Features: holding Command (on Mac) or Control (on PC) when you click a play button will play the new track or album, but also add whatever was just playing to the top spot in your Queue, where it will resume once the new tunes finish.

While you’re adding and organizing, don’t forget to look for the “In Queue” badge on the Action Menu, it’ll help keep your Queue under control.

Need a crash course in Queuing? Read all about it right here. And if you’ve still got questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

∞  March 3, 2011 — 12:00AM

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Tips and Tricks: Sharing

This week’s Tips and Tricks feature is here to show you how to share your impeccable taste in music with people you like. With so many tunes at your fingertips and a vast network of listeners and tastemakers by your side, you’re bound to come across something that’s simply too good to keep to yourself.

Rdio makes it easy for you to share that great new find on Twitter, post it on Facebook, email it to your buddy, or even embed it on your blog or website. While you’re busy earning trendsetter-cred by showing off that awesome unknown band, Rdio will scrobble all your listens to Last.fm.

The first step to sharing is connecting your other accounts to Rdio.

Go to your Settings (don’t know how? Just mouse over your name in the upper right corner of the site and click Settings) and click External. From there you can connect your Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm accounts.

Once you’ve got them connected, go to any artist, album, song, or playlist and click the little dropdown menu (see below). At the bottom of this menu you’ll see, “Share this album.” On artists pages, Sharing is in the right sidebar, above the artist’s description.

And voila! All your sharing options are in one location.

Link to it: Copy and paste the short link anywhere you’d like to share it.

Embed it: You can use the Embed code to put a customizable embedded music player on your blog or website.

Share on: Post your music on Facebook by clicking the Facebook button—you’ll be able to add a message that will appear with the album art on your wall. You can even post on a friend’s wall by typing their name (in the bottom of the Share menu) and selecting their Facebook profile.

Tweet the album by clicking Twitter. (Tip: Rdio will auto-generate “♫ Listening to” and a short link of your music to tweet for you. You can delete the message and customize the text if you’d like.)

Recommend this album to a friend: Want to email the album to one of your followers on Rdio? Type their name and choose their Rdio profile from the menu. Select “Add a Message” to send a note along with the recommendation.

Extra bonus: Once your external accounts are connected to Rdio, you’ll also have the option to let everyone know about the fantastically clever review you’re writing. Select Post to Facebook and/or Post to Twitter then click Post to broadcast your brilliance.

And thus concludes this installment of Tips and Tricks. We hope this information will change your life as you know it. Or at least we hope you’ve learned another fun way to connect with your network of music-loving friends.

If you’ve got any questions, comments or suggestions, do let us know.

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Tips & Tricks: A Quick Guide to Rdio Stations

We’re back with another edition of Rdio’s Tips & Tricks series. This week, Rdio Stations are up to bat — you might already recognize this little black “Play Rdio Station” box from your Heavy Rotation, Collection, or favorite Artist’s page, but, if you don’t, we’re here to fill you in.

Rdio Stations were designed for folks who like to ‘sit back and listen.’ To make this even easier, this post has three sections: Collection, Heavy Rotation, and Artist Rdio Stations.

Collection:

Use an Rdio Station from your Collection (or anyone else’s) to play a mix of songs—just click the Play button to hear a shuffled mix of 25 tracks.

To customize your Rdio Station, use the down-arrow button to select the number of songs (25, 50, 75, 100) or, add them to your Queue.

(Super-secret tip: if you enable Repeat on your Web Player, the music will continually refresh. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough!)

Heavy Rotation:

Want to hear a sample of the great tunes your Network is listening to? Can’t get enough of your own top picks? If so, Heavy Rotation Rdio Stations are for you.

Again, just click to add (or customize), and get listening.

When you play the Heavy Rotation Rdio Station for “Everyone”, you’ll hear a mix of songs from Rdio’s current Top 20 albums.

Artist:

With Artist Rdio Stations, we’ve added even more variety by adding the choice to turn Recommendations On or Off.

With Recommendations enabled, you’ll get a mix of songs from both your selected Artist, and similar Artists. If you leave them Off, you’ll only hear a shuffled mix of that Artist’s songs.

Questions, comments, suggestions for our next post? You know where to reach us.

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Tips & Tricks: A Queue Keyboard Shortcut

There’s never a dull moment here in the Rdio office. Since our launch in August 2010, we’ve been working full-time on a slew of exciting projects, including expanding our catalog, streamlining our fleet of mobile apps, and continuing to update and improve the site.

We wanted a way to keep our ever-growing community of music lovers in-the-know about the latest new features, so today marks the launch of Rdio’s Tips & Tricks series.

Every few weeks we’ll highlight a feature—it might be brand new, it might be top secret, or it might be just plain cool.

This first trick we’re spotlighting is the latest addition to Rdio’s keyboard shortcuts — Command (on Mac) or Control (on PC) + U will instantly show your Queue.

Designed for easy access and managing your queue, this “flyover” shows you what’s playing now, and what’s coming up. Drag and drop any item to change the order, or hit the “x” to remove it completely. This is also a fantastic way to manage your Rdio Stations—the flyover gives you the power to adjust the number of songs, mix in artists, or totally veto any recommended tracks. Just hit Command (or Control for PC) + U another time to hide the flyover, and sit back and enjoy your finely crafted Queue.

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Just Press Play: Introducing Rdio Stations

If you’ve ever said, “I just want to click Play and listen to something,” now you can, using Rdio Stations.

Starting today, listen to a shuffled mix of music from your Collection, Heavy Rotation or any Artist using Rdio Stations. Clicking Play on an Rdio Station means an instant mix of music. If you’d like more control over playback, use the fly-over controls to select 25-100 songs and play them instantly, or add them to your queue.

Additionally, if you enable Repeat on Rdio’s web player while listening to either Heavy Rotation or your Collection’s Rdio Station, you’ll get a continuous selection of music. Yep, music that won’t run out.

Go ahead, treat your Heavy Rotation or Collection to the ultimate shuffle. When you’re done, let us know what you think and if you’re looking for the nitty gritty on how to use Rdio Stations, you can read more at Rdio’s Help site.