Type of site
|Music Applications, Social Media|
|Headquarters||Santa Monica, CA, United States|
|Owner||Vert Capital Corp|
TuneWiki was a music-centered startup that provides scrolling lyrics through its social music players for cellphones and handheld devices. With over 6 million lyrics and the world's largest scrolling lyrics library, TuneWiki had agreements with the major music publishers including Sony, Universal, and EMI to legally use synchronized lyrics in TuneWiki's music applications. Furthermore, the mobile TuneWiki applications also used to provide lyrics for streaming radio on mobile phones, and TuneWiki has location-based technology to let users see where their favorite music is being played around the world. Users follow other users to discover music and discuss the music they listen to.
TuneWiki was founded in 2008 by Rani Cohen- Chairman, Amnon Sarig, ex-President and Chad Kouse- CTO. The company was purchased by Vert Capital in July 2013.
- In 2010, TuneWiki entered into an agreement with Music Reports, Inc. which Music Report would make use of its Songdex database to identify songs, and would handle the licensing of the lyrics displayed through the TuneWiki application.
- On June 20, 2013 a news article appeared stating that TuneWiki will shut down on June 28, 2013
- On June 25, 2013 TuneWiki also sent an e-mail to registered users confirming the shutdown.
- On June 28, 2013 TuneWiki was purchased by Vert Capital and notified its users that it would be remaining open. During this transition period Seth Gerson was appointed CEO as part of the company's restructuring.
- On August 13, 2014, TuneWiki shutdown without notice. Vert Capital has since failed to pay its datacenter bills, effectively shuttering the business.
- On August 22, 2014 TuneWiki came back online with no official statement.
- On October 30, 2014 The TuneWiki equipment was powered down by their Datacenter. All signs seem to indicate that TuneWiki is now officially dead.
TuneWiki provides real-time scrolling lyrics that display as a song plays, for songs saved on the phone as well as for songs played through streaming radio, provided that the user first synchronizes the initial line of textual lyrics with the correct verse of the playing song.
TuneWiki had applications released for iPhone and iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, Symbian S60v5, Nokia Series 40 (Java based) and Maemo, with a plugin for Windows Media Player, as well as an app for Spotify.
TuneWiki was selected by various wireless carriers (such as Verizon Wireless) to preload their application onto cellphones before sale, typically accompanied by OS settings which prevent the owner of the device from deleting the application.
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- Press Release (20 June 2013). ">TuniWiki will shut down on June 28th". TuneWiki - LarryG, CEO. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
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- "No More Words From TuneWiki As Vert Capital Pulls The Plug On Its Music Lyric App". TechCrunch. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
- TuneWiki [@TuneWiki] (25 August 2014). "Most services have been restored. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone, thanks for your patience" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Purdy, Kevin (14 July 2009). "TuneWiki Puts Lyrics, Radio, and Social Features into Mobile Music". LifeHacker. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
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- TuneWiki Device Listing Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
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- "Turning off updates?". Android Forums.