NetEase Music

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Netease Cloud Music
NetEase Music logo.svg
Netease Cloud Music logo
DeveloperNetEase, Inc.
Key PeopleZhu Yiwen (CEO)
Launch date24 January 2013; 6 years ago (2013-01-24) (beta)
23 April 2013; 6 years ago (2013-04-23) (general availability)
PlatformWindows, macOS, Ubuntu, Deepin, Android, iOS, web browser
Pricing modelFreemium
Availability Mainland China Free online storage

Netease Cloud Music[a] (Chinese: 网易云音乐) is a freemium music streaming service developed and owned by NetEase, Inc. The streaming service was launched to the public on the 23 April 2013. As of April 2017, the platform has 300 million users,[1] and a music database consisting of more than over 10 million songs.[2] In April 2017 it received its series A financing of 750 million CNY (US$107 million), and was valued at eight billion CNY(US$1.14 billion), making it a Unicorn Company.[3] It is known to be one of the big three competitors in the Chinese music streaming business competing with Tencent's QQ Music and Alibaba's Xiami music service.

Business service[edit]

Netease Cloud Music operates under a freemium business model in which basic services are free whilst some enhanced features are available on a subscription basis. Similar to QQ Music, artists and labels can choose to restrict content to paying subscribers or have their albums purchasable on their website. Artists that have used this method include Taylor Swift[4] and Ariana Grande.[5] With these purchases, a user can listen and download their purchased songs without restriction, regardless of subscription status.

Accounts and subscription[edit]

Netease Cloud Music currently offers three subscription types. Subscriptions are only purchasable by a mobile device, with iPhone payments processed via Apple's App Store.


Personalized recommendation & Personal FM[edit]

Recommend music according to your music preference.

Music List[edit]

Every music list is created by users which is different from album. It can be viewed by any users and can also be recommended according to your music preference. –


Users can upload music to their own radios even if the music is not contained in the service's music library.


Just like any microblog, you can comment any music within 140 words(in Chinese) freely.


April 23, 2013[edit]

Netease music was published by Netease.

May, 2014[edit]

PC version and HD version that adapts iPad was published.

August 30, 2014[edit]

Windows Phone version was published.

July 14, 2015[edit]

More than 100 million users, 120 million music comments and 200 million music sharing were produced in Netease music.

May 25, 2016[edit]

The first Linux version was published.

Stable Releases[6][edit]

Platform Version
Windows (PC/UWP) 2.5.3/1.2.3
macOS 2.1.2
iPhone 5.7.4
iPad 1.6.2
Windows Phone 1.5.0
Android 5.8.0
Linux (Ubuntu/Deepin) 1.1.0


  1. ^ Chinese: 网易云音乐; pinyin: Wǎng Yì Yún Yīn Yuè; literally: 'NetEase Cloud Music'


  1. ^ Music, NetEase Cloud. "NetEase Cloud Music Completes A Round Financing of RMB 750 Million, Sending It into the "Unicorn Club" with an Estimated Value of RMB 8 Billion". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  2. ^ Music, Netease Cloud. "Chinese Online Music Platform Netease Cloud Music: The Chinese Version of Facebook in the Music Sector". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ Asset, The. "NetEase Cloud Music becomes unicorn after series A financing | The Asset". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  4. ^ "网易云音乐". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  5. ^ "网易云音乐". Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  6. ^ "下载网易云音乐iPhone、iPad、Mac、Android、WP、PC版客户端" [Download NetEase Cloud Music clients for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, WP, and PC]. (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-05-13.

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