Indian Mobile Streaming App Saavn Raises $100m

By Tim Maytom

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Music streaming is more popular than ever in markets around the globe, and one company taking advantage of that is Saavn, one of the few streaming apps targeting the Indian market, which has just completed a Series C funding round for $100m (£64.8m).

The funding round values the company at around $350m and was led by Tiger Global, in addition to previous investors Bertelsmann India Investments, Liberty Media and Steadview Capital, along with a number of unnamed hedge funds from Hong Kong.

Saavn’s app is one of a small number of locally-focused music streaming services which is battling for market share as smartphone adoption rockets across India, and more people than ever before get access to the Internet.

Saavn has 14m monthly active users, up from 11m at the start of the year, and is reportedly now growing at a rate of 1m MAUs per month, and expects to surpass 20m MAUs by the end of the year. Its competitors include Times Internet-owned Gaana, Rdio, which launched in India earlier this year, and Hungama, which celebrated its own $100m funding round in March.

The company plans on using the new investment to scale its service to deal with new demand, and to …read more

Source:: Mobile App News