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United States
Area served
ProductsDigital delivery (music)
ServicesMP3 Downloads
MP3 Streaming
Number of employees
Parent Venzo Digital
Website watunes.com

WaTunes was a social music service founded in 2006 by American songwriter and entrepreneur Kevin Rivers. Based in Detroit, Michigan, WaTunes used to provide artist users an opportunity to get their music place into leading digital retailers such as iTunes, Napster, Amazon, Rhapsody, and eMusic. WaTunes was the world's first Facebook Music Store app that enables users to discover millions of songs, stream & download MP3s, share music on any social network and more on Facebook. WaTunes closed down on April 2010.

Kevin Marlin Darrell Rivers is an American entrepreneur and founder of Black Ventures. Through Black Ventures, Rivers owns a majority stake social networking service Bluurp. In 2004, Rivers founded Black Ventures to build innovations through media, social, and digital entertainment. Since then, Rivers has led the company to establish brands that focused on distribution and Social Media. In 2009, Rivers was nominated for the OnHollywood 2009 Top 100 media companies list. Rivers was also interviewed by Vator to speak about his revolutionary business model. On January 13, 2010, Rivers established a new retailing deal with MediaNet, which garnered attention from Billboard. On April 6, 2010, Rivers launched the first full-fledged storefront for Facebook. Rivers has been featured on news including TechCrunch and Music Week. In 2012, Rivers launched Venzo Digital, an award-winning iTunes music distribution service that helped musicians generate over $2 million in revenue. On April 25, 2015, Venzo Digital was acquired by Lester Ventures.

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Though providing a social media service for thousands of independent artists, WaTunes has been used by many notable artists & celebrities.

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SpiralFrog was a music download service based in New York City that launched in the United States and Canada on September 17, 2007. SpiralFrog offered free and legal music downloads, all supported by advertising, and was the largest site of its kind in North America. On March 19, 2009, SpiralFrog terminated operations due to loan recalls.

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