The piracy-rife country gets another legal option.
Yandex, the Russian search engine giant, has launched a new ad-supported streaming music service, Yandex.Radio, which allows a user to listen to around 100 ready-made “stations” organized around moods, genres and time periods. The company says the service will "complement" its older streaming service, Yandex.Music.
"Yandex.Radio is a way to quickly and effortlessly select music for any situation in life," Konstantin Vorontsov, the company's head of music services, said in a press release. "It will work when you're not looking for something specific, but just want music to match your mood -- say, to relax or, on the contrary, to energize."
Yandex, often referred to as the "Russian Google," is the country's largest internet company with 63 million users. Known primarily for its search engine, Yandex also operates an email service, as well as a number of other services, including maps, translation and videos.