On Monday, Pandora announced that it would acquire key assets from embattled streaming competitor Rdio for $US75 million in cash.
Rdio was once valued at $US500 million, and will shut down after the sale.
Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews hinted that his company bought technology and intellectual property from Rdio so it could compete with the likes of Spotify in the area of on-demand streaming.
“Whether streaming through radio, on-demand or in-person at live events, Pandora is building the definitive source for fans to discover and celebrate music,” Andrews said in an announcement.
On-demand has been a key piece of the puzzle Pandora has been missing, and is something Rdio’s technology could help bolster. Pandora recently bought concert-ticket startup Ticketfly for $US450 million to help it move into live events.
Rdio’s assets could also help Pandora expand internationally. Bloomberg reported last week that Pandora has been interested in expanding its global footprint, and Rdio operated in more than 100 countries.
Pandora also revealed that Rdio was in dire financial straits. The $US75 million purchase is contingent on “Rdio seeking protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.” Rdio had previously raised $US125 million in total funding.
Rdio will shut down in all markets and Pandora “is not acquiring the operating business of Rdio.” Pandora says many of Rdio’s employees will be offered jobs at Pandora.
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