Yandex Music to Launch in Israel
Yandex is also targeting the Israeli market for a possible launch of its ride-sharing service
Moscow-based Yandex NV intends to launch its music streaming service Yandex Music in Israel in upcoming weeks, Mellisa McDonald, an international communications director for Yandex confirmed in a call with Calcalist Wednesday. The company intends to offer at least some Israeli music as part of its streaming service.reported by Israeli news outlet The Times of Israel.
The streaming service by Nasdaq-traded Yandex offers a wide-range of Russian-language tracks, alongside tracks by international artists. The service was already officially launched in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia, McDonald said.
Last week, Calcalist reported Yandex posted a job listing on LinkedIn, seeking to recruit a manager for its taxi-hailing service in Israel. No date has been set yet for a possible launch of a taxi service in the local market, Kilimnik said in a phone interview with Calcalist Wednesday. Israeli competitor Gett Inc. dominates the local ride-sharing market. Gett competes with Yandex in Russia, where the latter partnered with Uber.
In 2014, Yandex acquired Israel-based geo-location startup KitLocate Ltd., but has since shut the operation down.Closed versions of the company's music service for the Iocal market already feature some Israeli music, including tracks by popular Israeli pop-duo Static and Ben-El Tavori, Kilimnik said.