When it comes to streaming music services, I seem to have a deadly touch.
The first victim was Napster–not the original, copyright-infringing version, but the legitimate, Best Buy-owned version that offered free monthly MP3 downloads plus unlimited streaming music. Napster couldn’t find a business model that stuck, and in late 2011 Rhapsody gobbled up Napster’s subscribers and shut the service down for good. By then, I’d already jumped from Napster to MOG, which is technically still alive but floundering. MOG’s new owner, Beats Electronics, is now building its own streaming service with Beats branding. The fate of MOG is unclear, but it doesn’t look good for the service as we know it.
I’m worried that Rdio, of which I became a paid user in December, may be the next one to fall. On Tuesday, the company announced that it’s expanding its free streaming service to more countries, but with similar…
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