|Headquarters||Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia|
|Founder(s)||Claes Loberg, Brad Christiansen, Darren Herft|
|Alexa rank||110,337(March 2015[update])|
|Available in||20 countries|
|Native client(s) on||Windows Phone, Android, iOS|
Guvera is an online music streaming service founded in 2008. Guvera is available on web browsers, iOS, Android and the Windows Phone. Guvera has agreements with the music labels in the regions where the product is available, which allows for legal free music streams.
Guvera streams music for its users and has signed licensing agreements with Universal Music Group, EMI, Orchard, INgrooves, IODA, Mushroom/Liberation, Shock Records, Valleyarm; in addition to the rights bodies APRA, AMCOS, BMI, RightsFlow, and SESAC. Guvera distributes DRM-free MP3 downloads with bitrates of 256 and 320 kbit/s. Guvera is also a targeted advertising platform, which targets ads at relevant music genres. Content can be downloaded and streamed via branded channels from within Guvera's platform, and the advertisers have a role in the selecting music content.
Guvera was initially funded by AMMA Private Investment out of Australia. Guvera raised about $50m from its base of about 1000 smaller sophisticated investors primarily made up of accounting firms and other financial services businesses. Guvera was incorporated in 2008, and launched beta in Australia February 2010, and in the US March, 2010. Guvera was initially released as a beta to a select group of users by invitation only.
On August 2011, Guvera appointed Phil Quartararo as its Global Head of Music. In September 2011 Guvera moved into new headquarters in The Rocket in Robina, Gold Coast, Australia. In March 2012, Guvera created a mobile platform and in December 2012, Guvera released mobile apps for IOS and Android in Australia. An iPad app was then released in August 2013. In March 2014, Guvera signed an agreement with Lenovo to become its worldwide music partner, with Guvera's music streaming service pre-installed onto Lenovo mobile devices.
MILESTONES: 2008 – Founded by Claes Loberg Feb/March 2010 – Launch beta in Australia and the US Jan 2013 – Release mobile apps for IOS and Android in Australia Aug 2013 - Release iPad app Jan 2014 - Release Windows app Feb 2014 – Launch in Indonesia Mar 2014 – Sign agreement with Lenovo to becomes its worldwide music partner June 2014 – Launch in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines July 2014 – Launch in Singapore, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Chile, Peru, India Sept 2014 – Launch in Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Argentina Oct 2014 - Launch in Colombia, Thailand, Venezuela Nov 2014 - Launch in Vietnam
AWARDS: Best Music App Australian Mobile Awards (2013), Best Startup, Australian Mobile Awards (2013), Winner, Asia App Design Awards, entertainment category (2015), Gold Winner Australia App Design Awards (2015), Shortlisted for Glomo Music App Award (2016)
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