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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.

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