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Acquired byMySpace
Price$1M
Date11/2009
TermsCash

General Information

Websiteimeem.com
Twitter@imeem
CategoryMusic
Employees55
Founded11/2003
DescriptionSocial music service

Offices

San Francisco, USA
139 Townsend St
Ste 400
San Francisco, CA, 94107
USA

Acquisitions

Snocap, 2/2008
Anywhere.FM, 1/2008

Funding

TOTAL $27.1M
FUNDING TOTAL $27.1M
Series A, 9/2004
Sequoia Capital
Morgenthaler Ventures
$3M
Seed, 10/2006
First Round Capital
Mark Goines
Ron Conway
Geoff Ralston
Sy Fahimi
$750k
Venture Round, 2008
Warner Bros.
$15M
Series B, 4/2008
Sequoia Capital
Partial Close, 4/2009
$2.38M
Venture Round, 8/2009
Morgenthaler Ventures
Warner Music Group
Sequoia Capital
$6M

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imeem

imeem is an online music service that gives fans instant access to almost any song they want, for free.

The company, founded in 2003 by Dalton Caldwell, takes its name from “meme” - a term coined to describe the ideas that communities, adopt, and express.

imeem started as an instant messaging service that let people communicate through chat, blogging, instant messaging and sharing files. This model didn’t pan out, and in 2006, the company reinvented itself as a social networking site that let people discover, play and share music, music videos, and photos.

In September 2006, imeem introduced embeddable flash playlists that gave people the ability to take music and video playlists they created (or found) on the site and embed them virtually anywhere on the web. imeem’s players quickly became popular with consumers using MySpace and other social networks, giving them a way to customize & personalize their profiles with music.

imeem pioneered the ad-supported streaming music model. In 2007, the company became the first-ever online music site to secure licenses from all 4 major music labels (and thousands of indie labels and artists) to offer their music catalogues for free streaming and sharing on the web.

Under this model, artists and labels are paid a share of the imeem’s ad revenue in proportion to the popularity of their music on imeem, and have the right to register their content and determine how (or whether) that content is available on the site or through its embeddable widgets.

This business model is made possible by imeem’s proprietary content fingerprinting and digital registry technology. Initially, imeem licensed this technology from SNOCAP, the digital rights and content management startup founded by Napster creator Shawn Fanning. In 2008, imeem acquired SNOCAP and its technology outright; as part of this acquisition, SNOCAP’s COO, Ali Aydar, joined imeem’s executive team.

In December 2009, imeem was acquired by MySpace for $1 million.

Recent Milestones

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Screenshots

imeem screenshot
Above: imeem Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 7/19/11

Products

imeem Mobile

Websiteimeem.com/mobile
Launch DateOctober 21, 2008
Tags mobile, mobile-music, social-music, imeem, dalton-caldwell, android, iphone, iphone-apps, free-apps

imeem Mobile is a free mobile application people can use to discover, enjoy and purchase music on their mobile device. It is available as a free download to users on the Android and iPhone/iPod touch platforms.

imeem Mobile users can create custom Internet radio stations based on their favorite artists, discover new music through personalized recommendations and buy DRM-free MP3 downloads directly onto their mobile device.

imeem Mobile also enables people to browse and stream their personal imeem music libraries to their mobile device. People can upload up to 20,000 songs of the music they own directly to imeem.com, and then access that music on the go whenever they want without taking up additional storage on their mobile device.

imeem introduced imeem Mobile on the Android platform in October 2008, and launched imeem Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch users in May 2009. In June 2009, imeem Mobile crossed a milestone of over 1 million installs on the Android and iPhone platforms.

imeem screenshot
Above: imeem Mobile Screenshot -- #1
Uploaded: 12/28/08

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Sources

  1. MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire iMeem (techcrunch.com) []
  2. TechCrunch (techcrunch.com) []
  3. Imeem Gobbles Up A Young Startup, Anywhere.FM (techcrunch.com) []
  4. Techmoz article (tech-moz.com) []
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  6. The Record Industry’s Digital Distribution Plan (TotalMusic) Comes Back From the Dead (techcrunch.com) []
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