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| June 23, 2013
Lyric-Focused Social Music Service TuneWiki To Shut Down Later This Month
It appears that Snapjoy is not the only social media startup that's shutting down. As it turns out, the popular "lyrical" music service TuneWiki is also set to be no more. TuneWiki is known for its multi-platform apps that integrate music playbacks with synchronized lyrics, which are user-contributed and are under license by music publishers. TuneWiki also lets users share lyrics enhanced with photos and lyric art. But for undisclosed reasons, TuneWiki is scheduled to shut down on Friday, June 28. The service's imminent demise was announced by TuneWiki CEO Larry Goldberg in a blog post:
TuneWiki has come a long way from its early days, when we pioneered the inclusion of scrolling lyrics with music playback. Over time we blossomed into a vibrant social music service that has been enjoyed by millions of music lovers. We saw countless examples of passionate and inspiring personal expression using lyrics and music as the foundation. We are excited by the many friendships built within our community that I believe will last for years, if not a lifetime. This is what we set out to build and we are very proud of what we created. Unfortunately, everything comes to an end sooner or later and now is the time for those of us who have worked so hard for so long to move on to other journeys.The announcement is accompanied by a lyric art, shown above, containing a couple of apt lines from Tom Petty's "Time to Move On." Presumably, come Friday, TuneWiki's apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian, Maemo, and Spotify, as well as its plugin for Windows Media Player, will no longer be available. Until then, though, you can still download TuneWiki for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store for free. [gallery link="file" order="DESC"]