Kazaa founders open legal music service called Rdio

By Matthew · 8 replies
Jun 3, 2010
  1. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the founders of Kazaa (as well as Skype and Joost), have unveiled a new (entirely legal) music streaming service – an increasingly crowded market these days. Called Rdio, the startup will charge $5 to $10 per month for unlimited access across PCs and mobile devices. This same premise has long been available in services offered by Microsoft, Rhapsody, Napster and countless others.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Not a big fan of streaming music services. The quality is crap - usually 128bit level which is barely high fidelity. That may work fine when I'm in the gym and there's a lot of background noise going on, but for home listening on a good stereo or PC system, it just doesn't cut it.
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,333   +101

    I assume you can also entirely download tracks given the note about playing music offline. There's no word on audio quality, but I assume it's on par with competing services.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Well that's nothing new. I can do that on my smartphone already with my messenger contacts and I can also do it on my different messengers on my computer. And iTunes is somewhat similar. When I stayed in the college apartments at my college campus, we were all connected to the same network and I could see who else had itunes and I could see what music they had in their playlists. So that feature isn't really groundbreaking.
  5. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    he he my friend swiped a lot of music from ppl that way, just have to have the right software :D

    As far as "Rdio" is concerned I don't see anything ground breaking about it. Personally I use Pandora's free music streaming and am happy with that.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    @Tomsea I guess you never experienced vinyl.
  7. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    POW....CLICK.....POP......I certainly have, and with JBL's best tweeters ever. (075 Ring Radiators).
  9. The service is actually really good, now that it is officially launched. So far I am really happy with it, with the exception that it doesn't support my Blackberry Curve. I imagine that will change once BB OS6 is out, but who knows.
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