Well you can say that Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, the founders of Skype, are a bit of idealists. In their view, communication should not simply be cheap – it should be free. And that is just what the duo was able to accomplish with their VOIP (Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol) revolution christened – Skype. Millions of people from one part of the world communicate with another by just logging into their Skype account.
In 2006, Janus Friis was named among the 100 Most Influential People by the Time Magazine. Skype was among the earlier ventures by Janus Friis, in 2010, the latest venture by this internet entrepreneur is – Rdio.
The latest news surrounding Janus Friis is that, he and his partner, Zennstrom have just launched a Twitter-like version of music service called Rdio. On 3rd June 2010, they launched Rdio just as it clocked midnight. Rdio provides instant access to over 5 million tracks to listeners in the US and Canada through a web browser and downloadable software. Rdio also offers a mobile app for download into mobiles. The service is available for free for three days and then for fees of $5 (web only) or $10 (web plus mobile).
Here is what Janus Friis had to say about the vision behind Rdio-
“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 … We 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.”
Rdio enters an already crowded market where competition is fierce from competitors like Napster, Rhapsody etc.