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Millions of Arabic and International Songs Now Just an App Away

November 5, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon, November 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

“Anghami, Music. Unlimited.” launches on iPhone

Anghami, the only legal digital music service in the Middle East, has just launched in
public beta, with the largest catalogue of Arabic and International licensed content.
Exclusive invites to the much anticipated app can now be requested on Anghami.com.
[http://www.anghami.com ]

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Gone are the days of cumbersome CD collections, complicated file transfers between
computer and mobile, and low quality, virus-infected downloads. Anghami is an app which
provides its users with a seamless experience to listen to unlimited music on-the-go on
their mobile. With millions of songs to search from, stream, download and share, Anghami
makes listening to music enjoyable again.

This initiative comes as a result of the absence of a comprehensive and trusted music
platform catering to the Arab world and aims to be a legal alternative to piracy. Based
out of Beirut and co-founded by Eddy Maroun, a musician by heart, and Elie Habib a tech
veteran, Anghami intends to become every music fan’s hub from which they can instantly
play any Arabic and International song wherever they are – in the car, at the gym, or on
the beach. Subscribed users can also discover new music catered to their taste, share
tracks in real-time with friends on social networks, create playlists and follow those of
their friends, and download as many songs as they’d like for offline play. Today, all
these features are available on Anghami’s iPhone app, with Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and
web versions coming in the next few weeks.

Commenting on the launch, Eddy Maroun stated: “Both Elie and I share a true passion
for music and technology. This project is the fruit of 2 years of hard work and endless
negotiations with reputable music houses, in the aim of bringing to the Arab world a
comprehensive library of millions of old and new Arabic and International tracks in a
delightful user-experience.”

Elie Habib also stressed on the importance of such a platform saying: “Music CDs are
already considered “passe”, just like music tapes faded away several years back. Today,
many cars and music home appliances don’t even support CDs anymore. We’re in the cloud
computing era. Why not have all the music we want everywhere, anytime, without the hassle
of carrying CDs or downloading/syncing devices?”

“As music fans, it was imperative that we come up with an appealing solution that
satisfies a growing need for a decent and comprehensive music offering”, Maroun added.
Anghami has partnered with leading regional music labels and aggregators such as Rotana,
the largest Arabic music label (with exclusivity for streaming in Saudi Arabia, UAE and
Lebanon), Melody, Mazzika, Platinum Records and others. Anghami is also the only music
streaming service in the region to feature content from the International major labels
such as Sony Music, EMI, Warner and others. “We are continuously licensing new content
from indie bands and major labels”, says Maroun. To optimize sound quality, Anghami’s
music is powered with the latest Dolby Pulse encoding for fast audio transmission,
ensuring a smooth listening experience despite the lagging internet connection in parts of
the region.

“The excitement we’ve been witnessing from both consumers and businesses has been
incredible”, says George Audi, Anghami’s Strategy & Business Development Manager.
“Thousands of music fans have signed up for our pre-launch, and we are being approached by
multiple partners in the region. We are excited about the upcoming opportunities to work
with mobile operators, device manufacturers, entertainment and advertising agencies to
bring music to an even broader audience. The spectrum of partnerships is truly endless.”

Anghami is the largest digital music project in the region and is backed by Middle
East Venture Partners. Earlier this year, Anghami was selected as a finalist
[http://www.herring100.com/RHE/2011/finalists.html ] for Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia award,
a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the
Asian business region.

This is only the beginning of what Anghami co-founders call the “future of digital
music consumption”. While the public beta is still in exclusive mode, interested users can
request their invite code on Anghami.com [http://www.anghami.com ] and try out the app
firsthand for free for a limited period.

Stay tuned for the latest info on http://www.anghami.com, twitter.com/anghami
[http://www.twitter.com/anghami ] and facebook.com/anghami
[http://www.facebook.com/anghami ].

Check the ‘What is Anghami?’ video on Anghami’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/anghami
[http://www.youtube.com/anghami ].

For more info, please contact hello@anghami.com



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