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Anghami yesterday has just announced Live Radio that brings social audio through its streaming app. Live Radio brings a live music and voice experience that was developed in-house and marks the first time a streaming service globally will enable users and contributors to create an audio-based social experience for sharing music and engaging in conversations.
Accessible on both iOS and Android devices, Live Radio will offer a bunch of unique features that include creators being able to talk alongside playing songs and playlists, and podcasts. They will have access to Anghami’s 57 million tracks with the ability to participate in a real-time conversation and even create their own virtual events. There are even extra features that include applauding the host, or sending comments and meeting other participants.
“The social elements of music have always been part of our vision. In fact, ‘live radio rooms’ were part of our original business pitch in 2011, as we saw the opportunity for social audio features to take off. Having been integrating social features such as stories and chats since 2017, now we are leading the way in delivering the next level of social audio to our users and our contributors,” said Elie Habib, Co-founder and Chairman of Anghami in a statement.
Live Radio was originally launched as a beta last year that initially introduced text chats and other functionalities. The addition of vocal audio was then added to the final version of Live Radio. “Our beta launch in mid-2020 displayed how focusing on creating communities and adding interaction has been our best strategic asset, boosting engagement and retention – and a tribute to the region and the music that brings it together,” added Habib.
As part of Anghami’s commitment to supporting new and local talents, Premium Live Radio would soon be introduced as a subscription-only channel that helps generate more revenue streams. Currently, Anghami is the largest streaming platform that supports regional and international music. It is also the first Arab technology company to list on NASDAQ New York through a merger with Vistas Media Acquisition Company Inc.