Rdio to pay artists for introducing new users

Streaming music service Rdio has launched a new way that artists can make money from the service.

The Rdio Artist Program will pay musicians and bands $10 for every new subscriber that they introduce to Rdio.

Artists such as Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Chrome and more are already on board, giving them an extra incentive to point fans towards streaming music.

Streaming services such as Rdio and Spotify have previously been criticised for not paying artists enough money for giving users access to their songs. The Rdio Artist Program is clearly a step to try and rectify that.

“There is no art without artists," said Rdio's founder Janus Friis. "As part of this industry, we know a business that doesn’t reward its most important contributors is a business that has to change."

The Rdio Artist Program is active in all 14 countries where Rdio is available and any artist with an existing artist page is eligible to join.

Rdio says this new program complements the licensing deals already in place with labels and distributors, and aims to add an additional direct, amd transparent, revenue channel.

“Up-and-coming artists are the future – they’re the lifeblood of the industry,” said Snoop Dogg. “I love that any new artist can take advantage of this program. I’m a fan of Rdio already and it’s cool to see them supporting artists like this.”

Rdio announced back in August that it now has some 18 million tracks available for streaming, putting it in the same ballpark as Spotify.

Rdio is available on Android, iOS, desktop, web browser and more.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).