Apple has hired at “least 16” employees and purchased select technology from Omnifone, an early player in streaming music services that filed for bankruptcy this summer, according to TechCrunch. Omnifone is the company behind MusicStation, a cloud-based global media platform that provides back-end solutions for digital music services.
Omnifone claims to be the only independent music platform provider with a footprint in 45 countries across five continents. The company’s website says it’s delivered global deals with all major labels, hundreds of independents "and all the relevant publishers and collection societies." Omnifone has — or, rather, had — had partnerships with companies like Sony, Samsung, Vodafone, and PonoMusic. Samsung, for instance, used Omnifone's technology for Milk Music.
However, the company declared bankruptcy in May after losing Sony and Blackberry as clients. TechCrunch notes that Apple isn’t buying Omnifone, as was rumored earlier this year, but acquiring talents and probably patent rights. Thecompany has over 50 patents registered to it, covering areas like digital media identification, streaming and downloading.