Jukeboxing: Rdio fights Spotify with free mobile radio

by Casey Newton


Nathan Ingraham / The Verge

Nathan Ingraham / The Verge

I wrote about Rdio adding free radio to its mobile apps. Will it be enough to gain marketshare against Spotify?  

Becherer says things are turning around for the three-year-old company, which was created by Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. For a time in June, it was the number one music app in Apple’s App Store. "That was a big psychological thing for this company," says Becherer, who spent eight years at Apple before coming to Rdio. "People were really psyched about it. For the past couple years it felt like Rdio’s the coolest product, but no one’s talking about us. Now it feels like we’re in the mix."