WiMP

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WiMP
WiMP vertical logo.png
Original author(s)WiMP Music
Developer(s)Aspiro
Initial releaseFebruary 19, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-02-19)
Stable release
2.4.1
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, MeeGo
PlatformAdobe Air, cross-platform
Available inNorwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, Polish
TypeMusic
LicenseProprietary
Websitewww.wimpmusic.com

WiMP was a music streaming service. The service is available on mobiles, tablets, network players and computers. Music in WiMP is streamed using the AAC+ file format in a bitrate of 96 kbit/s or the AAC file format in a bitrate of 320 kbit/s if the high quality streaming option is selected.[1] WiMP also offers a HiFi-product with FLAC/ALAC.[2] WiMP has since been merged into Tidal.

History[edit]

Wimp was developed by Aspiro AS and the Norwegian music store chain Platekompaniet AS and was first launched in Norway February 2010.

On January 30, 2015[3] it was announced that Aspiro AB has been acquired by Project Panther Bidco Ltd., which is indirectly owned by S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.[4] The company is controlled by Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his stage name Jay-Z. Aspiro AB was sold for 464 million SEK, which is about €50 million or 56 million USD.

Cost and availability[edit]

WiMP is funded by paid subscriptions and a one-month free trial is available. As of 2012,[5] WiMP is available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland.[6]

Tidal[edit]

The service is also available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg,[7] France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Turkey.[8] where it is known as Tidal,[9] and emphasizes the high-fidelity lossless mode, but the other modes, "High" and "Normal", are also available. Tidal claims to have 25 million tracks.

Last.fm integration[edit]

The application is integrated with Last.fm allowing a track to be "scrobbled".[citation needed]

Buy links[edit]

The client interface allows users to purchase tracks in 256 kbit/s DRM-free MP3 format.[citation needed]

Catalogue and editorial experience[edit]

WiMP gives access to a music library of some 25 million tracks. WiMP has local editors in each country it operates, to present the local and international music and in-app magazines also available online. WiMP also offers music videos, so far available in the Android-client[10]

Mobile devices[edit]

WiMP is available for Android,[11] iOS,[12] Symbian, MeeGo,[13] Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, as well as Squeezebox, Sonos, Simple Audio, Auralic, Teufel and Bluesound.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geir Gråbein Nordby (13 February 2013). "Wimp får bedre lyd".
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "NewsWeb".
  4. ^ "Aspiro: Statement by Aspiro's independent bid committee in relation to Project Panther Bidco's public takeover offer - Business Wire". 30 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Award-winning music streaming service WiMP opens beta in Poland today". News Powered by Cision.
  6. ^ "Wimp website info". Wimp. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  7. ^ "TIDAL - Aspiro".
  8. ^ TIDAL [@TIDAL] (10 March 2015). "Hello! We are now live in France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Turkey. Get started:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "TIDAL".
  10. ^ "WiMP continues expansion of HiFi streaming service from mobile to desktop, with an additional new launch of music videos into the editorial experience". News Powered by Cision.
  11. ^ "mobile-ent.biz - mobile-ent Resources and Information". www.mobile-ent.biz.
  12. ^ "WiMP - Musikktjenesten for deg som elsker musikk". WiMP.
  13. ^ "Opera Mobile Store".
  14. ^ "WiMP - Musikktjenesten for deg som elsker musikk". WiMP.

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