San Francisco
– Rdio, the social music service developed by the creators of Kazaa and Skype
with funding from Atomico, on Thursday launched an invitation-only paid preview,
offering unlimited streaming of five million songs.

Set for beta testing in the
before launching to the general public later this year, the Rdio service will
cost $9.99 for mobile and Web access, including the ability to sync music to
devices, while Web-only access will be available for $4.99 per month.

Rdio has licensed
songs from all four major record labels, as well as the leading indie
aggregators, and offers a range of social tools for sharing music with friends.

"Many digital music services have tried to address specific challenges,
but no one has managed to elegantly integrate discovery and a high-quality
music streaming experience, under one roof," said Janus Friis, the Kazaa co-creator who along with Niklas Zennstrom created the service.

think people are ready for the next evolution in music. Rdio gives you unlimited
access to all the music, anytime, for the equivalent price of one album
download per month."


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