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Windows 8 App

Collin Duncan Feb 07, 2013 06:15PM PST

I'd really like to see a stand alone app developed for Windows 8. Rdio works fine in the browser, but Windows 8 doesn't allow browsers to run in the background so consequently, music gets shut off whenever you minimize the browser or open another app. A full featured Rdio app would fix this and provide a good unified experience. Are there any plans to create a Windows Store App for Windows 8 in the works?

Community Responses

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Kevin Ebaugh Rdio Employee Feb 08, 2013 08:21AM PST

Hi Collin,

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We don't have anything specific to share on this front, but thanks for letting us know it's something you'd like to see on Rdio.

Stay tuned to @Rdio (http://twitter.com/rdio) and our blog (http://blog.rdio.com) for updates.


Kevin Ebaugh | http://rd.io/people/kev

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Andrew Frahn Feb 10, 2013 05:55PM PST

its something needed, and not just phone or RT.

even as an x86 user of win8, it is a void needed to be filled.
been checking ever since i put consumer preview on my slate7
only through dissapointment did I decide to look on the forums.
never did I expect there was nothing available, let alone in development.

I would not be alone, in making an assumption that rdio had not forgotten about the most popular Operating System.

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Collin Duncan Feb 10, 2013 05:58PM PST

It's worth pointing out as well that competing service Rara already has an app for Windows RT devices.

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Matt Meloncon Mar 20, 2013 06:54PM PDT

I would also like to see a Windows 8 App for Rdio! Given that both Rdio and Windows 8 Modern UI both follow a sleek flat design style, I think it could really look quite awesome. :)

Hey, shameful plug, but if you need a C# developer for this kind of project, feel free to drop me a line. ;)


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Brendan Murty Apr 17, 2013 05:19PM PDT

I'd also be keen to see Rdio appear on Windows RT devices! A large marketplace with a growing userbase deserves a Rdio presence.

Also, Matt seems like a nice guy, you should hire him for this :)

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Matt Alexander Apr 21, 2013 08:19PM PDT

Another vote for a Windows 8 app!

I just discovered Rdio, and have been using it a lot on my Android phone and some on my Windows 7 PC. But I have a Windows 8 PC built specifically as a media server plugged into my TV/Home stereo. This would be the perfect application for an app (no pun intended).

Being able to control my home stereo from my smart phone using linked Rdio apps would be amazing.

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Mack Baczynski Apr 30, 2013 06:23AM PDT

+1 for a windows 8 app. would love to see the deeper integration into my desktop.

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Alexander Smith May 11, 2013 03:00PM PDT

I can honestly say I'm shocked by this. Really a simple solution would try to adapt to more html5 instead of flash and microsoft will instant approve it (they want to avoid things like flash dependent apps in the store). And, since this is something you guys should be working on anyway I don't see the big deal.

Not to mention I plan on getting a windows phone for my next one(and if I ever get a tablet it will probably be a windows one but I don't plan on getting a tablet).

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Jarrod Stilp Jun 16, 2013 02:56AM PDT

Definitely needing a Windows 8 app. As mentioned somewhere above, IE10 isnt allowed to run in the background and so music is stopped, and to add to this, the buttons can be tricky to hit for some reason. Although the tablet i am using is a surface pro and therefore i can use the browser in the desktop, the high screen resolution makes for small buttons that can be tricky to hit unless using a mouse.

Also, judging by your web interface, i can imagine a W8 Rdio app looking very nice since it is already suited so well to the clean style of interface.

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Corey N. Dondero Aug 25, 2013 01:04AM PDT

I have used rdio almost exclusively for music for almost a year now and I love it in my phone and other laptop. I recently upgraded to a windows 8 laptop and am running into the same problem as everyone else here as well as I'm sure many other people that don't take the time to write about it and simply move on to another music service. I really like rdio but if there won't be a windows 8 app I will have to switch to something else so I can have music running in the background. Please fix!

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Colm O'maolagain Aug 25, 2013 05:34PM PDT

In Windows 7 there is Windows Media Centre (mce) and that's where the Rdio extension should be published. I think mce exists on Windows 8 too.
There is a huge community who use mce in their home AV setups with remotes, and many laptop users too, and every pc with 7 or 8 has this installed to manage music.
There is a developer toolkit published for most Microsoft extensions such as mce, so that makes the job easier. No custom coding (ie follow the guidlines and your done) required and the rules to publishing are clear.
Seems like a route to 000,000's of ready made customers to me
Happy to help too btw

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Paul Wells Aug 27, 2013 10:41AM PDT

I, too, would like to see a Win8 app. But, some of you seem unaware of a couple things. First off, if you use Rdio in a Desktop browser then there are no issues with it running in the background. Problem solved. Secondly, you can already control Rdio on your Win8 PC using your smartphone, thanks to the well-developed remote control feature on Rdio. Works great!

I would like to see a Win8 app mainly so that I can control playback using keyboard keys. Bring it on, please.


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Paul Wells Aug 27, 2013 10:48AM PDT

Nevermind that last post. I just found that the latest version of the desktop app has been updated to run really well on my Win8 PC, and I have my playback controls via the keyboard. It may not technically be a metro app, but Very nice nonetheless!

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Kenneth Inoue Sep 10, 2013 06:22PM PDT

I would also like a windows 8 app, I know I can use the desktop app but some of the buttons are just too hard to press on my tablet. I do also hope the the windows 8 app will also allow offline mode for people that are mobile with their tablet/laptop running win8.

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Mack Baczynski Sep 16, 2013 03:24PM PDT

I will instantly switch back from xbox music if you guys launch a W8 app. I listen to music on my laptop, tablet, home pc, phone and workstation. Xbox music, having the ability to just snap the app to the side is fantastic. Don't get me wrong, your desktop app is nice, but only on my desktop.

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Austin Nugent Sep 18, 2013 01:20AM PDT

Seriously! I've had a Windows 8 tablet for almost a year and Rdio since Lala was harpooned - why no Windows 8 app? At LEAST make the website touch friendly, guys.

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Richard Moller Sep 20, 2013 05:07AM PDT

I have a Windows 8 tablet and am very disappointed that I can't sync music to my tablet to save bandwidth when I'm on the move. I love using Rdoi on my Sonos players at home, but need more flexibility for when I'm away from home with my Surface Pro.

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Simon Leufstedt Oct 01, 2013 02:33AM PDT

I would also like to see a Rdio Windows 8 app. If Deezer can have one, why can't Rdio?

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Ingo Rdio Employee Oct 01, 2013 04:12PM PDT

Hi everybody,

Thanks for your continued interest in a Windows 8 app.


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Matty Richardson Oct 27, 2013 11:39AM PDT

I'm just glad I'm going back to Mac in a couple months. It doesn't seem Rdio has any real interest in doing a Windows 8 app, as is the case with most developers.

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Andrew DeWitt Oct 31, 2013 12:56PM PDT

How about instead of simple, useless comments such as "Thanks for your continued interest in a Windows 8 app" or "hanks for letting us know it's something you'd like to see on Rdio" we see a real answer giving us an actual timeline of when we can expect such a basic feature?

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Imagio Peepot Feb 19, 2014 10:58AM PST

"Thanks for your continued interest in a Windows 8 app" is a really useless comment. Comments that contain no information from rdio employees are worse than no comments at all. I would like to hear at least some basic status information such as "we have no plans at this time but that may change in the fututre" or "we are investigating the possibility of building on this platform but have no guarantees" or "it is in development but we have no ETA".

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Harrison Fine Apr 25, 2014 02:04PM PDT

I'm with those that want a Windows 8 app. It's great to use via Chrome or Opera but there's no comparison to a standalone app. Would love to see this.

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Sandeep Bansal Apr 29, 2014 03:03PM PDT

I really can't understand why company's find it hard to release a metro app. It's roughly the same underlying code as what they've been using in the Windows Desktop app they've created. Just laziness I think. The current Android + iOS apps are perfectly fine right now without needing an update. Pull some resources together and spend some time on the Windows app.

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Emily M Rdio Employee Apr 29, 2014 03:08PM PDT

Hi Collin,

Thanks for letting us know that you are still interested in us further developing the Windows Desktop. We value your suggestions and will look into what we can do.


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Brian Shipley May 14, 2014 05:08PM PDT

More attention to this thread! I'd love a touch friendly version of Rdio for my Windows 8 PC!

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Andrew MacKenzie Jun 24, 2014 12:52PM PDT

Add my voice to the throng demanding a Win8 app.

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Phillip D Jul 15, 2014 06:16AM PDT

Thanks for the Windows 8 RT app RDIO!


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