|Key people||Rishi Malhotra
(Co-Founder & CEO)
(Co-Founder & President)
(Co-Founder & Executive Chairman)
|Services||Web and Mobile Music Streaming|
|Slogan(s)||No work, all play.|
|Type of site||Music|
|Available in||Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri|
Saavn, LLC is a digital distributor of English, Bollywood and regional Indian music in over 200 countries. Since it was founded in 2007, the company has acquired rights to over 7 million music tracks. Saavn's signature products are Saavn.com, Saavn Pro, Saavn Music for iPhone, Saavn Music for Android, and Saavn Radio. Saavn offers free music search and streaming supported by display advertisements.
As of March 2015, Saavn has 13 million monthly active users.
Saavn was founded in 2007 as BODVOD Network and initially distributed Bollywood content in North America in a B2B offering. Saavn later shifted its core focus to become a music destination for fans of Bollywood and other Indic music in 2009, re-launching its flagship product, Saavn.com, to become a B2C offering with an improved user interface and faster, smarter search capabilities.
As of today, Saavn is one of the largest distributors of Bollywood and other Indian entertainment in the world.
In January 2015, Saavn announced it had hired former Google India Country Head (Mobile) Mahesh Narayanan as its COO.
Products & Services
Saavn’s most notable products are Saavn Pro, its music service that offers offline listening without advertisements, and its mobile apps, Saavn for iOS and Saavn for Android.
In December 2014 Saavn partnered with Twitter to introduce a tweet-powered radio station, @SaavnRadio.
Saavn also integrated a social networking feature with its music streaming service in April 2015. Saavn Social allows users to follow the profiles and playlists of their friends as well as celebrities. Users can share any song, album or playlist with their friends and chat about music real time.
Saavn has an advertisement-supported "freemium" business model to generate revenue. Saavn's subscription service, Saavn Pro, offers ad-free and offline streaming.
In 2013, Shazam, a media engagement company, entered into an exclusive partnership with Saavn. As a part of this, Saavn’s music library was incorporated in Shazam’s music database. Saavn aims to provide its users with an enhanced listening experience with Shazam’s music engagement tools especially in popular genres like bhangra, devotional, ghazals, Carnatic, Indipop and regional language music like Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, and Bhojpuri.
Apps for iOS, Android and Chrome
In 2010, Saavn introduced its first mobile app - Saavn Music for Android. The free app has a 4.2-star rating and has been downloaded more than 10,000,000 times. This was followed up with Saavn Music for iPhone. Saavn for iOS has received 9000+ ratings with an average rating of 4.5 Stars. In mid-2011, Saavn added its latest app, Saavn Music for Chrome, to the Chrome Web Store.
Saavn was selected in December, 2011 to be Facebook’s first global partner and first Indian partner on the Open Graph platform. This deep integration with Facebook allows music fans to stream any of Saavn’s millions of tracks using their Facebook logins and to enjoy their favorite music from Facebook, for a seamless social listening experience. In the first three days of launch, Open Graph doubled the total amount of visitors to Saavn.com – and increased the number of visitors from Facebook to Saavn by 15 times.} The service is available globally in 219 countries. Nearly half of Saavn’s user base uses Facebook Connect.
Saavn has partnerships with other music labels like T-Series, Aditya, Tips, Unisys, Yash Raj, Universal, Warner, and EMI. Saavn’s brand partners include global names like Apple, Amazon, AT&T, Bose, Lays, General Motors, Nokia, Samsung, and Western Union.
Saavn teamed up with popular Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor in 2014. He joined Saavn to collaborate on consumer marketing ideas and business development. The actor was reportedly interested in working at a more business-oriented level at Saavn. He has expressed his desire to help “guide the brand, influence programming, connect with the next generation of music listeners and ultimately help build the best music product in India and potentially the world.” The partnership led to a number of ad campaigns that were launched in India and select international networks, and generated more than 7 million combined YouTube views.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Saavn actively participates in philanthropy, and in February 2015 partnered with Akshaya Patra for the launch of #MusicForMeals. For every hour of music streamed on Saavn, the company helps provide mid-day meals to school-going children through Akshaya Patra's network of schools. Saavn also works with The Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), a not-for-profit industry body that represents the interests of mobile and online value added services in India. In May 2015, Saavn co-founder and president, Vinodh Bhat was named as Vice-Chairman of IAMAI. 
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- Paramdeep Singh at CrunchBase
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