*A correction was made to this story.
Rdio, the streaming music service launched in August 2010 and founded by Janus Friis, one of the creators of Skype, announced in a blog post today that it is offering its free music streaming option in 15 countries, turning up the heat in the competition for global music consumers. Competing with more popular services like Spotify and Rhapsody. The countries that will have free access to Rdio are the United States (where it’s been free since Oct 2011), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. Rdio is offering up to 6 months of free streaming from a catalog of more than 18 million songs. The free streaming option is available through the Web or Rdio’s desktop apps for Mac and Windows and no credit card is needed to start listening.
*Correction: This story previously stated that Rdio is offering its free music streaming option in countries apart from United States, when in fact Rdio is available for free in the United States as well.