JioSaavn app was recently announced by Reliance Jio , which was just a day after it was spotted on the App Store. The app is practically the result of Reliance Industries acquisition of Saavn in March 2018, when it had initially acquired a majority stake in the company. The app’s launch is in fact a re-branding, but for now, things are a bit mixed up.
On the App Store, like for iOS, the Saavn app has been re-branded to JioSaavn, while on Google Play i.e. for Android, the Jio Music app has been re-branded to Android. Notably, the change log of the Jio Music app for iOS notes that it would be re-branded to Jio Saavn soon, following an update. The JioSaavn merger brings this time welcomes a re-branded icon and name, however most design elements and features of the app itself remain similar to those offered previously. All Jio network users would be offered 90 days complimentary access to the premium Jio Saavn Pro subscription.
To recall, Reliance Jio had announced in March that the combined entity i.e. Jio Music and Saavn, would have a combined value of $1 billion which is again ₹7,025 crores that includes an ‘implied valuation’ of $670 million which is again ₹4,700 crores for Jio Music alone. A part of the deal, also included Jio to take a stake in Saavn for $104 million ₹ 730 crores with the three co-founders keeping their leadership posts. At the announcement, Jio had announced that it also had plans to invest $100 million which is again ₹702 crores in the joint entity.
Notably, this move arrives at a time when media reports suggest that music streaming Spotify is gearing up for an official India launch in the next few months. Spotify as known already is the largest paid music streaming service globally, however is largely restricted to only three regions, North America, Europe, and Latin America.
JioSaavn app for iOS:
As per the change log of the JioSaavn app on Apple’s App Store, the app remains free for all Jio users. Additionally, Jio Music users also might have access their individual playlists and downloads on the new app. A 90-day free Jio Saavn Pro membership is also available for all Jio prepaid and postpaid subscribers.
For the remaining Saavn users on iOS, the design of the app largely remains the same, albeit with a new Jio Saavn branding. The company further claims that it has a library of over 45 million tracks, some of which are exclusive to the platform. Here, the music streaming company in the change log noted, “So suffice it to say, with Jio as our partner, you’ll be getting the same app you know and love, with way more firepower and music than ever before. And there are a ton of great new features and improvements right around the corner, so stay tuned!” The app has a file size of about 79MB and requires iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8.0 and above.
JioSaavn app for Android:
On Google, the reverse appears to have occurred. Saavn app on Android version 6.0.6 has not yet received the new branding and logo yet. However, Saavn on Twitter points out that JioSaavn for Android can be expected “soon”. Jio Music for Android on the other hand has been re-branded to JioSaavn. The same 90-day complimentary access to JioSaavn Pro is available for Jio users.