Line, the popular instant messaging client from Japan, has acquired the MixRadio service from Microsoft, the company announced last night. As part of the deal, the two services will remain separate from each other Musicly reports, and MixRadio app will continue to exist on the Lumia smartphones, Line said. The deal is expected to close early next year, though neither of the companies has shared financial details of the agreement. Also Read - Xbox Series X restock in India possible by early August, no news on Series SAlso Read - Xbox Game Pass: List of games coming to consoles in July, big games releasing next month
Line has more than 500 million registered users, of which 170 million users are monthly active. The company recently also partnered Sony Music Entertainment for its forthcoming Japanese service. The purchase of MixRadio also hints its growing interests towards the music business. Also Read - Top 5 Minecraft Mobile seeds to build a world and where to find them
The move to sell MixRadio also aligns well with Microsoft s productivity mantra, the company had said earlier this year. MixRadio team, however, will continue to work with Microsoft to create personalized music experience as a third-party service on Lumia smartphones. Line will provide MixRadio an excellent platform for expansion to provide a valid and appealing alternative to illegal downloading in many markets around the world, Microsoft said.
Now that MixRadio is no longer owned by Microsoft, it may finally release iOS and Android clients for the music streaming service. MixRadio recently expanded to several other platforms, including Adidas s miCoach Smart Run watch and Harman Kardon Omni wireless speakers. While MixRadio hasn t ever mentioned the number of users it has, it once did say that millions of customers are using MixRadio.