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Anghami logo.png
Type of businessPrivate
Available inArabic, English, French
Founded2012; 8 years ago (2012)[1]
Area servedArab world, 13 countries (full catalogue)[2]
Founder(s)Eddy Maroun
Elie Habib[3]
CEOEddy Maroun[4]
ServicesMusic streaming
Employees100 (2017)[5]
Users55 million+ (2018)[6]
Launched5 November 2012[1]
Current statusActive
Native client(s) onWindows, Symbian, Windows Phone, Linux, BlackBerry OS, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, OS X ,MeeGo and PlayStation 4.
Written inAngular[7][circular reference]

Anghami (Arabic: أنغامي‎, romanizedanɣāmī) is the first legal music streaming platform and digital distribution company in the Arab world. It 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 Melody, Mazzika, Platinum Records and many other independent labels, in addition to international majors labels such as EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner Music Group. Anghami is one of the largest digital music ventures in the Middle East, seed funded by MEVP.[clarification needed][9] The goal of Anghami was to reduce music piracy in the Middle East, as the music piracy rate in that area is very high. The service was meant to serve as an alternative to piracy.[10]

Anghami was founded by Eddy Maroun, and Elie Habib in Lebanon,[3] launched initially 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 three 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. ^ Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and UAE: "Anghami: Description, Go Live Time, Territories, How They Sell Your Music, Pay Rate". Tunecore. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Anghami: The journey of launching an unlimited music streaming service in the Middle East". The Next Web. 2012-05-26. 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. ^ "Artist Connect". UBM plc. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  7. ^ "Site Info -". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  8. ^ "Site Info -". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  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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