Microsoft rumored to be pursuing Rdio

Is Microsoft about to buy a company founded by the people who also launched Skype? That's the newest rumor today from The Next Web, which reports, via unnamed sources, that Microsoft is in acquisition talks to purchase Rdio, the streaming music and audio service.

The article doesn't reveal any more information about this possible deal. Microsoft has yet to give an official comment and Rdio CEO Drew Larner is quoted as saying that he won't "comment on rumors."

Rdio, based in San Fransisco, launched to the general public in August 2010 and gives its users access to 18 million songs via online streaming. There are a number of Rdio mobile apps available, including one for Windows Phone owners.

More importantly, Rdio was founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, who also launched Skype. Microsoft famously acquired Skype in October 2011 for $8.5 billion and since then Microsoft has been integrating Skype's VoIP software and services into many of Microsoft's products.

Microsoft could be looking for some content for the company's upcoming Xbox Music streaming service. The company has not revealed much about the service, but it could launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26th.

Source: The Next Web | Image via Rdio

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NPGMBR said,
Anyone know what Rdio offers that Zune/XBox currently doesn't?

Facebook Open Graph integration, so your music listens will be shared, in the same lightweight way as other Open Graph apps, if you wish that to happen. For me, that's a must-have feature nowadays.

Calum said,

Facebook Open Graph integration, so your music listens will be shared, in the same lightweight way as other Open Graph apps, if you wish that to happen. For me, that's a must-have feature nowadays.

I use RDIO and it shares my music to facebook but I dont know what tech they use.

polychromenz said,

I use RDIO and it shares my music to facebook but I dont know what tech they use.


It's the Facebook Open Graph APIs that do the sharing. I was just mentioning that it's a feature Rdio has which I deem must-have

This might be good, especially as Rdio has one feature that's very important to me that Microsoft are apparently not including in Xbox Music (Facebook Open Graph integration). But I dislike that Rdio is a web app, accessed through a web browser. I've always preferred Zune and Spotify overall.

Calum said,
This might be good, especially as Rdio has one feature that's very important to me that Microsoft are apparently not including in Xbox Music (Facebook Open Graph integration). But I dislike that Rdio is a web app, accessed through a web browser. I've always preferred Zune and Spotify overall.

Rdio has native clients for Windows and Mac.

dagamer34 said,

Rdio has native clients for Windows and Mac.


It might have changed, but their "native clients" are really just wrappers around the default OS browser with keyboard shortcuts added.