Alibaba looking to sell off its music business, first move in scaling down
Alibaba had invested millions into the app in order to compete in China's massive music industry. However, these efforts had not paid off.
January 05, 2021 / 03:42 PM IST
Alibaba will be shutting down its music streaming platform Xiami Music next month. With this, it will step back from its ambitious aim to enter China's entertainment industry.
According to a report by LiveMint, Alibaba's music arm announced the news via social media platform Weibo.
"Due to operational adjustments, we will stop the service of Xiami Music from February 5," it said.
In 2013, Alibaba had invested millions into the app in order to compete in China's massive music industry. However, these efforts had not paid off.
Xiami Music occupies only 2 percent of China's music streaming market. It lags behind KuGou Music, QQ Music, KuWo, and NetEase Cloud Music, according to Beijing-headquartered data intelligence company TalkingData, the report said.
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