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Rdio Rounds Up More Cash for Online Music

No one has figured out how to make online music subscriptions really work, but people are still trying: Rdio has raised a new $17.5 million round led by Mangrove Capital. The company had previously raised at least $6 million from Skype and its founders; the new dollars are supposed to help it compete with Apple’s iTunes and a host of other subscription services, including Spotify, Rhapsody and MOG.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work