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What's just as impressive is the full size view of the image. The background brings the ambient colour of the photo to make it more immersive. Very nice!

I agree, that looks very nice.

I might be wrong here but I think the background is just the picture, although scaled and has got many filters on it.

That's an idea I've actually seen done but executed poorly many times.

What they got right this time is adding the shadow around the image making it easy to distinguish from the background, and blurring it so heavily that none of the detail is distracting.

Very nicely done.

Rdio's app (rdio.com) also nails this.

Rdio does some fantastic design work. Just a shame their engineering is so bad that I can't even use the app.

Their design is just fantastic - especially with the latest update which added better Stations support. When it was first released it was wicked snappy and kind of slowed way down for a while and got annoying - agreed.

In the past month or two, though, it's gotten damn responsive (for me at least). Give it another shot if you haven't used it recently.

Actually, you're right! It's the same picture, scaled down to around 500x500 and with a heavy gaussian blur applied to it. The trick is to have a subtle grain effect over it to eliminate gradient artifacts.

It looks really great!

Nice catch ... it so subtle i didn't notice but none the less a very nice feature. Love the execution of their idea!

It's almost but not quite entirely like the philips ambilight concept. I like it.

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