We first wrote about Swedish streaming radio service Radical.fm a year ago (Bulletin, 16-Nov-11) when it raised its second round of funding. Back then, it was a more-social Pandora that was planning to launch out of beta in early 2012. Now it’s making headlines again with some new features: the addition of on-demand music and a more curated radio service. Oh, and it’s all free, with users invited to donate to support the service. Founder Thomas McAlevey is hoping people will chip in around $10 each, according to Billboard, with 10% of the revenues going to charity, and the rest used to pay “label artists, support Indie artists and provide the most progressive music service in the world”. With no advertising, it’s a brave move – although sceptics may prefer ‘foolhardy’. Even so, Radical.fm has licences with major labels in its home country, although international users will only be able to stream independent tracks.

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