Rdio's Bad News

Ingrid Lunden for TechCrunch, on the company’s recent lay-offs:

[S]ome bad news from competitor Rdio, the music streaming service startup from Skype co-founder Janus Friis. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that is is making “across-the-board workforce reductions today to improve its cost structure and ensure a scalable business model for the long-term.”

The company did not offer any further specifics on the layoffs. One person who first alerted us to them alleges that they affect 35 people, some 20% of the workforce, with significant cuts in engineering. Indeed, at least two people affected by the layoffs are both engineers that focus on mobile and web apps, according to notes posted on Twitter.

This kind of news is disheartening, especially for a startup that has yet (?) to be acquired by a larger body. I adore Rdio, and reading this instantly made me nervous about the service’s future, long-term. It’d be a damn shame to see them eventually fade away; that would make me very sad.