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WiMP
Original author(s)WiMP Music
Developer(s)Aspiro
Initial releaseFebruary 19, 2010; 14 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 available on mobile devices, tablets, network players and computers. WiMP offered music and podcasts for users to listen to. WiMP also offered a HiFi-product with FLAC/ALAC.[1] WiMP has since been merged with Tidal.[2]

History

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

On January 30, 2015,[3][4] it was announced that Aspiro AB had been acquired by Project Panther Bidco Ltd., which is indirectly owned by S. Carter Enterprises, LLC.[5] The company was 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 US$56 million. However, WiMP would later merge with Tidal under the Tidal name.[2]

Cost and availability

WiMP was funded by paid subscriptions such as music fees and subscriptions. As of 2012,[6] WiMP is available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland.[7]

Tidal

Main article: Tidal (service)

The service is also available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg,[8] France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Turkey,[9] where it is known as Tidal;[10] and emphasizes the high-fidelity lossless mode, but the other modes, "High" and "Normal", are also available. Tidal claims to have 80 million tracks.

Last.fm integration

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

Catalog and editorial experience

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.[11]

Mobile devices

WiMP is compatible with, Android,[12] iOS,[13] Symbian, MeeGo,[14] Windows Phone 7, and Windows Phone 8, as well as Squeezebox, Sonos, Simple Audio, Auralic, Teufel and Bluesound.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ "WiMP - Love Music. Love Audio". Archived from the original on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-07-29.
  2. ^ a b Wimp and Tidal services merge
  3. ^ "NewsWeb".
  4. ^ "Online Music".
  5. ^ "Aspiro: Statement by Aspiro's independent bid committee in relation to Project Panther Bidco's public takeover offer - Business Wire". 30 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Award-winning music streaming service WiMP opens beta in Poland today". News Powered by Cision.
  7. ^ "Wimp website info". Wimp. 22 October 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  8. ^ "TIDAL - Aspiro". Archived from the original on 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  9. ^ TIDAL [@TIDAL] (March 10, 2015). "Hello! We are now live in France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Turkey. Get started:" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "TIDAL".
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "mobile-ent.biz - mobile-ent Resources and Information". www.mobile-ent.biz. Archived from the original on 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  13. ^ "WiMP - Musikktjenesten for deg som elsker musikk". WiMP.
  14. ^ "Opera Mobile Store". Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  15. ^ "WiMP - Musikktjenesten for deg som elsker musikk". WiMP.