Rdio, the streaming music service, is launching a whack of new stations in a host of countries (including Canada) on all of its service tiers (including the free one). I quote from FYI Music News:
Rdio first started label-curated stations in March with 20 — these included Astralwerks, Merge Records, Def Jam, Domino Recording Company, Sub Pop, and Warner Music Nashville. These stations until now have only been available in the Canada, the US and the UK but this week sees a bigger global launch and the addition of new stations, including Blue Note, Burger Records, Glassnote Records, and XL. Availability of these stations will vary from country-to-country. All told over 100 stations now populate the service.
In Canada, these new channels will feature programming from well-known labels like Arts & Crafts, Dine Alone, and Maple Music, as well as brands such as CFOX Exclaim! and Yelp Toronto.
However, perhaps the bigger news here is that Rdio is introducing stations from so-called “Influencers,” which broadcasts hand-picked tunes from individuals or groups who work in tandem with Rdio’s own in-house music team. This replaces the prior “Tastemakers” section, which were created by individuals independently, and which users could elect to “follow” on Rdio. The Influencers can also be found in a section called “Tastemakers,” which should create some confusion for listeners navigating the site.