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Local streaming services: Anghami, Hungama and more (#midem)

In 2016 and 2017, various industry execs have predicted that the global music-streaming market will come down to five or six large-scale services: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify and perhaps a couple more pureplays drawn from Deezer, Pandora, Napster, Tidal and other rivals.

However, that still leaves room for more local players, focusing on individual regions, countries and demographics. Some of them gathered at Midem today for a session billed as a ‘world tour’ of streaming services.

The panel included Sandra Gama, chief legal officer at iMusica; Eddy Maroun, CEO of Anghami; Brian Ringer, CTO of Napster; Siddartha Roy, CEO of Hungama; Oliver Lalouchez, CEO of Trace; and Val Segal, CEO of ELLO. The moderator was SXSW’s head of music festival James Minor.