Spotify rival Rdio inks ‘landmark’ deals with CD Baby and TuneCore, now serves over 18 million songs

Spotify rival Rdio inks ‘landmark’ deals with CD Baby and TuneCore, now serves over 18 million ...

Digital music subscription service Rdio has increased its music catalog to over 18 million songs thanks to what it calls ‘landmark’ deals with indie music sellers CD Baby and TuneCore, the Spotify competitor announced this morning.

Before the deals, Rdio said it had 15 million songs in its catalog.

U.S.-based competitor Rhapsody claims “over 16 million” tracks, while Spotify is on par with Rdio in terms of catalog size with 18 million songs and counting (but likely has a lot more users).

Originally launched in 2006, TuneCore claims more than 250,000 artist and label account holders, including artists like Nine Inch Nails, Drake, Sonic Youth, Beck, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

CD Baby, meanwhile, bills itself as the largest digital distributor of independent music in the world, distributing over 4 million tracks to retailers and streaming services.

Launched in August 2010 and backed by VC firm Atomico, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, one of the creators of Skype.

Its on-demand music streaming, discovery and sharing service is currently available in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Sweden and Finland.

Last May, the company made the “new Rdio” available to all users of its Web and desktop apps.

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