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Type of business Private
Available in
Founded 2012; 6 years ago (2012)[1]
Headquarters Jal el Dib, Lebanon
Country of origin Lebanon Lebanon[2]
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s) Eddy Maroun
Elie Habib[3]
CEO Eddy Maroun[4]
Industry Music
Services Music streaming
Employees 100 (2017)[5]
Alexa rank Positive13,753 (2018)[6]
Registration Optional
Users 55 million+ (2018)[7]
Launched 5 November 2012[1]
Current status Active
Native client(s) on Windows, Symbian, Windows Phone, Linux, BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, OS X and MeeGo.
Written in PHP

Anghami is the first legal music streaming platform and digital distribution company in the Arab World region launched in November 2012[1] providing unlimited Arabic and International music to stream and download for offline mode. It is designed for the Middle East and North Africa to provide the largest music catalog of licensed content from the major Arabic labels such as Rotana, Melody, Mazzika, Platinum Records and many other indies, in addition to international majors labels such as EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group. Anghami is one of the largest digital music venture in the Middle-East seed funded by MEVP.[9] The goal of Anghami was to reduce music piracy in the Middle East, citing music piracy rate in that area is very high and should provide this service to serve as an alternative to piracy.[10]

Anghami was founded by Eddy Maroun and Elie Habib in Lebanon,[3] launched initinally as a mobile only app with the slogan "The idea is that everywhere you go, you’ll find your music". One of Anghami's app features is Dolby Pulse encoding, which reduces the file size of streamed music for faster and reliable online streaming when the internet bandwidth is fluctuating.[11] Anghami has more than 20 telecom partners.[12]

Shortly after the partnership between Anghami and mobile operators in MENA has been agreed few months after launching,[13] the service experienced rapid growth with 1 million registered users four months after the launch.[14] However, the next million was reached in 3 months mainly after partnering with the major media player MBC Group Middle East Broadcasting Center that featured Anghami in one of its most successful TV shows "Arab Idol".[15] In 2013, Anghami partnered with Facebook.[12]

Map of full-catalog availability of Anghami music streaming service
Anghami Full-catalog availability

The company claimed revenues exceeded $10m in 2016.[16]

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  1. ^ a b c "Lebanon's Anghami Launches the First Music Streaming Platform for the Middle East". Curley, Nina. 5 November 2012. Wamda. 
  2. ^ "CrunchBase: Anghami". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Anghami: The journey of launching an unlimited music streaming service in the Middle East". The Next Web. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  4. ^ "Company Overview of Anghami". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Anghami: Moving through the entrepreneurship ecosystem". Executive Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  6. ^ " – Traffic Details from Alexa". Alexa Internet, Inc. Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Artist Connect". UBM plc. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Site Info -". w3techs. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  9. ^ Anderson, Brooke. November 2012. The Daily Star "Connecting the world though music"
  10. ^ Bissat, Bana. April 29, 2013. YourMiddleEast Anghami mobile app beats music piracy in the Middle East
  11. ^ George, Anil. 12 October 2012. T3 Middle East. "Dolby partners with Lebanon-based music streaming service Anghami"
  12. ^ a b samuel-wendel (2017-03-09). "Eddy Maroun wanted to listen to music while skiing in Faraya, a Lebanese mountain resort". Forbes Middle East. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  13. ^ Aline Mayard, February 12, 2013. Wamda. "Can Anghami Fend Off Deezer's Entrance into the Arab Music Market?"
  14. ^ Rooney, Ben. March 22, 2013. The WallStreet Journal. Beirut Streaming Music Startup Targets Mid East, Africa
  15. ^ July 23, 2013. Zawya. Maroun, Habib: Music streaming business remains a challenge"
  16. ^ Carolina Valladeres (30 January 2017). "How we started the Arab world's biggest music service". BBC News. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 

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