Skype Kazaa Founders Unveil Rdio Music Service
(Updated) Created by the founders of Kaaza and Skype, Rdio is offering the first look at its much anticipated streaming offering with an expanded private beta. Designed to be a social music experience, all four major labels along with several indie aggregators are already on board.
Radio offers a variety of ways to discover music including personalized recommendations for new music based on listening behavior and on-demand artist-based radio stations. A matching tool can also scan iTunes or Windows Media Player libraries and add the music to the users Rdio collection. Collaborative playlists can be created and shared playlists on Facebook, Twitter and via email.
Based in San Francisco, Rdio was founded by Janus Friis with Niklas Zennström and Atomico, a technology investment group. The U.S. team is led by CEO Drew Larner and COO Carter Adamson. Rdio’s product team includes Malthe Sigurdsson, who is responsible for Rdio’s user experience and design, and Todd Berman, who leads engineering.
Editors Note: I've been promised a beta invite today. So check back later today for my "first look". I'll be tweeting some initial reactions as well.