Skype-founders launch Spotify rival in Sweden

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Skype-founders launch Spotify rival in Sweden

Swedish online music company Spotify will now see further competition on the home front after Rdio, a similar music streaming service, was launched in Sweden and Finland on Wednesday.


Rdio, a company created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström from Sweden and Janus Friis from Denmark, opened its virtual doors Wednesday after having been launched already in 11 countries.

While not having released an official statement, Rdio has updated their availability page on their official website to include Sweden and Finland, and one staff member tweeted: “Say hello to Rdio Sweden and Finland.”

The service is already available for music lovers in the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain and Portugal, and offers listeners the chance to enjoy “millions of songs with no ads”.

Rdio was founded in August, 2010 by the two Skype entrepreneurs, who were also behind peer-to-peer file sharing giant Kazaa which was launched in November 2006.

Zennström’s own investment company Atomico has invested in the company, which has spread throughout Europe most recently after opening to a welcoming market in the US.

Spotify, also launched in 2006, is Sweden’s premier music downloading platform and now operates in 16 countries.

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