Hutchison Whampoa invests in Spotify, INQ Mobile CEO joins board

by Dan Lane on 21st August 2009

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We <3 Spotify

News just in that Hutchison Whampoa head honcho Li Ka-shing has invested some of his hard earned pennies into the plucky young music streaming startup Spotify. We don’t know exactly how much but it was enough to get a seat on the Spotify board which he has given to none other than Frank Meehan, the CEO of INQ Mobile (a Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary who recently announced a pair of social-media oriented feature-phones).

This isn’t the first media-oriented startup investment for Hutchison as they recently threw some cash into DVD-Jon’s venture DoubleTwist which will be used to sync iTunes and other media libraries with the upcoming INQ Mini and INQ Chat handsets.

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Seen my tie?

It might be a bit early to say what the implications are for Spotify but we’ve met Frank Meehan on a couple of occasions and have found him to be a whirlwind of business savvy, it’s tiring just being in the same room as him. I guarantee that there is a BREW Spotify application being put together right now (BREW being the platform that the INQ handsets are based on) and I for one hope that this is ready in time for the launch of the two new INQ handsets.

Just one criticism though as, assuming they are going to push Spotify to the INQ handsets, they currently use those annoying USB headphones and lack a 3.5mm headphone adapter in the box. Aftermarket headphone adapters should work but I’ve yet to find one that supports 3.5mm headsets that have a microphone built-in.

Rumours of Frank Meehan running around the INQ Mobile offices singing along to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack have yet to be confirmed by INQ staff.

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