New straming, on-demand and personal radio service Radical.fm has launched with claims that its “ultra-fast” player is set to rival Pandora and Spotify.
The alpha version of Radical.fm, which which has a public beta scheduled for early autumn, offers on-demand, streaming and personalised radio digital music services.
The upstart from Venice, California said: “This alpha test of our innovative player shows it to be a Ferrari in a field of minivans.”
Radical.fm, which hasn't announced pricing yet, will allow subscribers to create playlists on a song-by-song basis from its catalogue of over 22 million songs — about 5 million more than Spotify.
Free users will be able to search the complete library and listen to all tracks, with possible caps and limitations yet to be decided. At launch only indie music will be available to users in Europe - the main service, funded by undisclosed investors, will only be available in the United States.
The player will also have a music store component, which it says will let bands sell their music without surrendering any commission. Apps for iPhone/iPads, Androids, and other mobile devices are also being developed.