Bay Named New Rdio CEO

Anthony Bay

Anthony Bay

Rdio has named Anthony Bay CEO of the company, effective immediately. Bay was formerly a digital media executive at Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple, and succeeds Drew Larner in the position. Larner will become Vice Chairman and Strategic Advisor to the Board of Directors of the music streaming company.

“Anthony’s track record building successful digital media businesses over the last two decades has been vast and deep,” said Larner. “His experience will be incredibly valuable to Rdio as we focus on building a global, scalable business model positioned for long-term leadership and growth. We’re thrilled he’s joining Rdio.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Rdio,” said Bay. “Subscription music offers an exciting and compelling customer experience and value proposition, and we are still in the very early days of this opportunity.  There are well over one billion smartphone users with millions more joining every day, and our vision is for Rdio to become one of the ‘must have’ applications for any listener around the world. Customers love Rdio. Building upon Janus’ vision and commitment, the team that Drew has built, and the passion of our customers, we will make that a reality.”

Rdio launched in 2010 and is currently available in 31 countries.

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