TechHub based startup PingTune launched its revolutionary music messaging service today after raising �1m of investment. Launched on the Apple App Store , the app is only available for iOS at present and offered free of charge. It provides friends with an effortlessly simple way to share their favourite music, allowing users to search for music from online sources like YouTube and SoundCloud, which can then be listened to and shared with friends. You can even choose a specific section of the tune or video to send, letting users create truly personal music messages. The launch is to be followed by more exciting functionality, other mobile platforms and support for more streaming music services.
Formed in January 2013 by CEO and Founder Henry Firth and is based in startup community TechHub, in London�s Silicon Roundabout. Behind PingTune is a high calibre team of 12 mobile and music specialists with a wealth of experience from companies including Yahoo, Spotify, Skype and Sony.
The recent �1m seed investment has come from such heavyweights as Rupert Hambro (former Chairman of Hambros Bank, currently Chairman of JO Hambro) and Dominic Perks (serial entrepreneur and active investor). Tech Hub-based startup PingTune is now poised to capture a large audience in the emerging music messaging market.
Henry Firth � PingTune�s CEO tells us:
�There is a vast amount of great music available on sites like YouTube, SoundCloud, Spotify and others. We saw that people were sharing this music on social networks. But sharing music can be clunky. Copying links between windows is hard work on a mobile phone! We wanted to make that process easier, so smartphone users could find and share great music effortlessly. So we built PingTune. We believe users value simplicity, and PingTune is the simplest way to find music and share it with friends."
"We're super-excited to release our new music messaging service PingTune. We truly believe that personal recommendations are the best way to discover new music, and we wanted to make that effortlessly simple. The team have been working tirelessly day and night to build this awesome service, so it's great to see it launch. We're pinging each other tunes all the time and it's a lot of fun! It's been good to get the help of the TechHub team along the way. The team and the community has been very helpful to us along our journey, from introductions to advice to nights out! We've got an exciting roadmap ahead - so watch this space!"