Now that I’ve discussed my reasons for choosing Rdio as my streaming music service, it’s time to wade through some awesome tools I have found for making my Rdio experience an absolute joy.
Moving from Spotify
As a former free Spotify user, I needed to move a playlist or two to Rdio. Considering that one of the playlists was well over 100 songs, I didn’t want to manually recreate it. Thankfully someone built a web app, Re/Spin, to handle this. I think it took five minutes to transfer my playlists.
Then there is Last.fm. A service that I have been using to track what I listen to digitally since 2005, it also has a favorite songs feature that I once used. Keith Silgard built a tool to pull your Last.fm favorites into your Rdio feed as a playlist. He is a digital music hero. Bonnie Tyler can stop holding out for a hero now.
Scrobbling is also a native feature in Rdio and takes only 30 seconds to set up through your settings.
Wake Up, Powererd by Rdio
David Brunow and Jenni Leder built the Wake Up app, a free iOS app that lets you use Rdio in two beautiful ways. The first and most obvious function is using an Rdio playing for your alarm. It’s a pleasant transition from a standard alarm bell. But my favorite, and I mean favorite, feature in all of these Rdio things? The sleep function. You can trigger any playlist in your Rdio account, whether one you created or someone else’s you subscribe to, for your falling-asleep music. You can determine the duration too, so you can create a several-hundred song playlist and take weeks to get through it. It’s bliss, I tell you. Bliss.
If you want to have democratically-chosen music at your next party, use Jukio. The host needs an Rdio account and Jukio downloaded on the device playing the music. The host sets up a party in their app that plays music and then others can download the app and recommend songs. Upvotes get played faster, downvotes don’t. You can also passcode your party to prevent the kids next door from playing Tom Jones’ What’s New Pussycat 21 times in a row.