JOOX Music Myanmar, a China-based music streaming app, has announced plans to leave military-held Myanmar next week after seven years of operation in the Southeast Asian country.
The music streaming service owned by Chinese multinational tech and entertainment conglomerate Tencent has announced it will pull out of Myanmar on June 6.
JOOX, which provides most of its songs for free while some songs are only available to premium users, was popular among young people in Myanmar before last year’s military coup.
In its statement, JOOX Myanmar said: “We are very proud to have been able to provide more than 45 million [streams] of local and foreign songs and organize special live performances for music fans in Myanmar.
“JOOX was very popular with local young people and offers songs in different languages and genres. So, I think the company must have thought seriously before making its decision to leave Myanmar,” said a young technician.
The music streaming app was launched in 2015 and is run in partnership with Khin Thiri Thet Mon, the daughter of junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.
The company has come under increasing pressure since last year as many Myanmar residents boycotted military-related goods and services after the coup.