The Australian guys who founded Kazaa, one of the world’s most famous illegal download sites have gone legit and become allies of the music industry who prosecuted them out of business, with the soft launch of a new music service called Rdio.
The new site which will sell a monthly US$5 subscription service, allows visitors to access ta catalogue of five million songs, including at least some content from all four of the major music labels (EMI, Sony, Universal, Warner).
For $10 you can also access content for use on smartphones including iPhone, BlackBerry, and the Android OS.
Rdio’s Janus Friis told The New York Times: “You gain a certain respect for each other, through a good fight, so to speak.” An executive from the Warner Music Group reciprocated: “We resolved the past. These guys are focused on the future.”
The service is expected to be launched in Australia later this year. If you’re interested, enter your email address into the Rdio website and you’ll be notified when you can sign up.