Janus Friis should be a name familiar to Music Ally readers: he co-founded Kazaa, Skype, Joost and Rdio, among other tech firms. The latest project that he’s involved with isn’t directly music-related, but there is an angle. It’s called Wire, and is competing directly with Skype as a way to make voice calls over the internet, as well as text-chatting. It’s launching this morning for iOS, Android and Mac computers. ““Our philosophy was if the first generation was about price arbitrage – Skype made phone calls free, WhatsApp made SMS free – that’s great, but what about the next thing? What about the real product that’s built around these features?” CEO Jonathan Christensen tells the Guardian. And the music angle? SoundCloud tracks can be dragged in to chats, where they play as regular embeds, and the same for YouTube videos.

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