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Popular music streaming service Spotify may not be available in the Middle East, but that’s okay. Lebanese entrepreneurs Eddy Maroun and Elie Habib will soon be introducing Anghami, which will especially cater to music lovers in the Middle East. The first service of its kind in the region, Anghami will deliver both Arabic and international tunes to its users’ ears – legally, of course.

Backed by Turkey-based VC Middle East Venture Partners, Anghami will first launch as an iPhone app. It was originally set to debut as a web-based service, but this has been pushed back to second priority. “We believe that it’s the age of mobile, more than web, especially when it’s about music,” Maroun says. “You listen to music on your mobile more than on your computer.”

With deals with major Middle Eastern and global labels secured, Anghami will offer a diverse library that will surely satisfy various tastes in music. It has also partnered with Dolby to access the Dolby Pulse encoding technology, which compresses files into small sizes without compromising sound quality.

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