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upload music?

Jennifer Porzio Jun 18, 2012 11:17AM PDT

I own CDs of some of the titles that are not available to be streamed. Can I upload them to my collection, so I can access all my music from RDIO? I've already purchased it, so don't want to pay for the MP3.

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Mike K. Rdio Employee Jun 18, 2012 11:52AM PDT

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for writing in. The ability to play local files isn’t currently on our roadmap for a couple of specific reasons: local files aren’t social in the way that our user experience calls for, and managing them adds overhead (they need to have good metadata, you need to keep them backed up, etc).

If this changes down the line, we'll send you an update.


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Jennifer Porzio Jun 18, 2012 01:24PM PDT

OK... but-

If I purchase the MP3, am I able to then play it on rdio? I always see the "Purchase MP3" button on titles that are not available for free streaming. IF not, then I understand... If so, why is it any different?


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Mike K. Rdio Employee Jun 18, 2012 01:48PM PDT

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for following up. You won't be able to play the .mp3 files you 've downloaded through any of the Rdio apps—you'll need to play them through some other media player of your choosing.

Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.


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Jonathan Felchlin Jul 25, 2012 03:34PM PDT

Spotify now offers the ability to add music not in their library, not having this feature now puts Rdio at a huge disadvantage.

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A Light Sep 29, 2012 11:48AM PDT

Okay, this does it for me. I'm quitting Rdio as soon as I can square it w/ my S.O. Too many of the songs I want to play are unavailable or disappear from my playlists. I had been planning to patch this by purchasing music.

Also, Spotify does not have this problem: http://www.spotify.com/us/help/faq/local-files/

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Amit J Dec 18, 2012 11:44AM PST

I will be subscribing to Spotify as soon as it's released in Canada for this very feature. Having to manage two media libraries is annoying and completely defeats the purpose of a cloud-based player.

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Bernhard Bürenkemper Jan 05, 2013 11:31AM PST

This should be an option. Deezer does this as well. I don't see the problem.

It could be handled in the way that these files are alway private by default. I would love to use rdio even more, but it is not a great solution to have 2 libraries.
Also it would be nice to have the "local files" also in the mix for the radio feature.

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Michael Jameson Jan 11, 2013 10:04PM PST

I would also love to have this feature as there are many local bands and various mixtapes or self released albums that I have in my local collection that are not, and will not be, available on rdio.

It would be great if you could reconsider the current policy.

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Josh Arnold Jan 16, 2013 12:05PM PST

Rdio. 1. Your app layout is great. 2. The fact that a users collection allows you to select a song by artist is huge. 3. Interaction with other users is much more fulfilling than other media players. Love that I can go listen to a playlist Curated by Questlove Jenkins.

Now please just add a feature that gives us the ability to add local files.
Do this and my friendship with other media players whose reputation is getting a bit spoty, is finished!

Just add a "Local Files" tab under "Your Music" and allow local files the ability to sync between per user devices over same wifi.


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John Crisostomo Aug 13, 2013 05:47AM PDT

This is a significant missing feature. Mike K: the "social user experience" is an add-on (a good one) to the music, but it's not the mission. One music library that integrates your offerings with our already-purchased files is the "user experience" your users seek. Please don't try to be facebook at the cost of complicating our music management. The mission is the music!

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Rhys Hiscock Aug 27, 2013 05:05AM PDT

Join me in the campaign to make Rdio add local file support.


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Grant Stolk Sep 13, 2013 02:21AM PDT

I actually just recently filled out Rdio's user poll and forgot to request this feature. Infact it is the feature I would most like to have. I love Rdio's interface, but I must admit that if a service is made available in Canada with a great UI (similar to Rdio) and allows me to add/upload/stream my own music, I will switch from Rdio to this service.

It is a pain to have to manage two separate music collections. Users should be given this feature, and it's fine if outside users cannot access these files/songs. I want to be able to make playlists that integrate ALL my music. Rdio doesn't even have to host this music with their own storage, a desktop app that shares/streams my files with Rdio remotely or links to a Dropbox or Sugarsync folder would be fine with me. Personal files could simply be excluded to other users within our history or playlists. As long as I can access them is all that matters. Please Rdio, you're only doing yourself a disservice by excluding such a feature.

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Matt Coady Oct 21, 2014 09:32PM PDT

I love Rdio, the way the interface looks and feels but since spotify is in canada now and lets you upload tracks to fill in the gaps I have to cancel my subscription. I hope this gets added so I can come back some day.

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Elio Damaggio Dec 17, 2014 01:28PM PST

Local files are super important.
I am sure there are ways to monetize them, people might also be willing to pay for it.

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Igor Escobar Dec 26, 2014 07:54AM PST


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David Morton Jan 10, 2015 11:33AM PST

Thanks, Matt Coady, for letting me know Spotify has this ability. I quit Rdio in April of last year because they were missing this feature. Google Play has it, but I don't like their app on the iPad. Looks like it's, "Spotify, here I come!"

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Lance Williams Jan 13, 2015 11:07AM PST

+1 Add ability to add local files or off to Spotify I go!!!

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Karla Uribe Jan 27, 2015 09:52AM PST

Looking for same feature, assume nothing has happened in the past few years since the conversation was started?

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