Looks like Dhingana missed out by a couple of months: Music streaming service Saavn has acquired the rights to stream over 133,000 tracks from T-Series catalogue on mobile. It's competitor Gaana does not have these mobile rights yet. Saavn listeners could only play songs from T-Series on the website till now. With the current deal, they can stream songs from the company's mobile app and even cache them for offline listening with a pro subscription. Hungama was the only music service with the rights to stream songs from the label's catalogue on mobile till now. According to our sources, it was never exclusive by contract and the exclusivity was only for the VAS rights (think ringtones, call-back tones etc.) of these songs. That being the case, it is strange that T-Series did not make its songs available to other players on mobile till now. From what we have heard, the contract between T-Series and Hungama was up for renewal earlier this year and it was renewed without any changes. It is not clear if Saavn how much of a minimum guarantee Saavn has had to pay to license content for mobile streaming. We reached out to T-Series to find out more about the deal, but the spokesperson refused to comment. Update: T-Series sent the following statement from its President Neeraj Kalyan: "Hungama continues to remain our exclusive partner for Mobile Platforms and this relationship has further strengthened over the years. We are jointly trying to build a conducive environment for the…
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