fizy

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fizy
Type of site
streaming music search engine
Available in Turkish and English
Website www.fizy.com
Alexa rank 218 (in Turkey)
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 22 December 2008; 8 years ago (2008-12-22)
Current status Active (available in Turkey)

fizy is an online music search engine based in and only available in Turkey. Containing both audio and video, fizy serves own legal files[ambiguous] and fetches files from other websites and immediately starts to stream them. Access to the website was banned in Turkey on 28 December 2010, due to alleged copyright violations.[1] The site was sold and access was subsequently restored.[2]

fizy has about 600,000 daily visitors. It was designated by Mashable Awards as the best music search engine.[1]

History[edit]

fizy was founded by Ercan Yaris in 2008. He was frustrated by the difficulty of using music search engines,[3] so he[4] designed his own. fizy was created on 22 December 2008. Yaris posted the site on Digg, where one of his friends sent the site to a marketing specialist, who spread it through Twitter to 3,000 friends. fizy gradually grew popular.[3]

In 2010, the Turkish Music Industry Society, or MÜ-YAP, asked the prosecutor's office in Beyoğlu to block fizy, alleging that fizy relayed MÜ-YAP clips without payment. On 17 December, the prosecutor ruled to block fizy in Turkey.

fizy was bought by Turkcell on 1 April 2011. Subsequently access to the site in Turkey was restored.[2]

Since March 18, 2012 Fizy is only available in Turkey.

Capabilities[edit]

Media can be filtered by quality, format (audio or video), and duration. The playlist feature allows registered users to listen to songs in a desired order and skip from one song to another automatically. fizy supports 26 languages.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Banned Turkish website wins international award". Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "fizy.com, Turkcell'in hayat öpücüğüyle geri döndü". yenisafak.com (in Turkish). 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Martín, Javier (4 February 2009). "El buscador turco Fizy sorprende al servir miles de millones de canciones". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Tezcanoğlu, Sercan (7 January 2011). "fizy, Mashable ödülünü aldı ama...". CNN Türk (in Turkish). Retrieved 20 January 2011. 

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