I love Rdio. All the music I want to hear (that happens to be available in their library) for $10 a month. It gets better. I can download the songs to the mobile Rdio apps for offline listening. Even better still, there's an Rdio API and it's pretty rich, as described by Rdio's Ian McKellar in the video below.
Panelists and presenters at last week's Open Government West 2011 conference in Portland, Oregon tackled the topic of government sponsored app contests. Attendees asserted that not all app contests are designed the same way and there are different benefits and drawbacks with each kind. An overarching issue seemed to be the value returned to the public on government investment in app contests. Governments are looking for the best way to offer services to the public in the face of budget cuts and are eyeing citizen generated apps.