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Five Minutes was chosen as a strategic partner in developing mobile applications for the first subscription digital music service in the world, Rhapsody, which offers its services in Europe under the famous brand Napster. Rhapsody delivers unlimited access to a collection of over 20 million tracks to music enthusiasts that they can enjoy on their smartphones, tablets and computers for a monthly fee. Rhapsody took over Napster in 2011, the revolutionary service which gained its popularity back in 1999. Through Napster’s brand, Rhapsody is expanding its services in the growing and competitive music market in Europe.
In July this year Rhapsody expanded the Napster service to 15 European countries , and followed that up with deep integrations with many leading mobile carriers across Europe. One of the main growth drivers for Rhapsody and Napster’s expansion is the rapid growth of smartphone and tablet applications market. Rhapsody found a mobile development strategic partner in Five Minutes, a successful Croatian company that specializes in mobile applications development and which steered its business to the global market. Their top engineering team has years of experience in developing demanding mobile applications and server solutions for music distribution, and have proven their experience and expertise working on numerous projects in the U.S. and the global market. With offices in Zagreb, Osijek and New York, and plans for new recruiting, Five Minutes is one of the fastest growing IT companies in Croatia.
“We are addicted to music and have been betting on digital music streaming for a long time, waiting for the days when we will have a collection of million singles at our fingertips. Now we have the opportunity to create the new generation of such software,” said Luka Abrus, Five Minutes CEO. “Through this engineering center we will open new jobs and have the opportunity to hire some of the best Croatian engineers. We are extremely glad to be able to ensure that engineers can work from Zagreb and Osijek on global projects using cutting-edge technologies and reaching millions of customers.”
Through its partnerships with Five Minutes, Rhapsody has invested in improving the platform in order to reach even more subscribers and expand to other markets. In the past seven months, ten software developers and testers from Five Minutes have joined Rhapsody’s engineering team to develop Android and iOS mobile applications, and improve the existing platform used by more than one million subscribed users.
“Five Minutes is the perfect partner for us as we continue to drive forward with the premier on-demand music service mobile application” said Brian Ringer, Rhapsody Chief Technology Officer. “Their combination of great technical skills and passion for all things mobile and music has been the perfect addition to the growing Rhapsody engineering teams.”
Currently available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the Netherlands, Napster provides an extensive music collection of local and international musicians with a simple and flexible way of listening and finding music. The service is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android smartphones and tablets as well as PC and living room devices, with Napster’s music experts ensuring an offer of interesting playlists, prominent musicians and editorial content through a music guide that helps users discover new music.
Rhapsody International is parent company of leading streaming music services, Rhapsody and Napster. Initially launched in December 2001, Rhapsody is the original streaming music service that gives members unlimited on-demand access to more than 20 million songs, whether they’re listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. In December 2011, Rhapsody International acquired Napster International. Rhapsody International is headquartered in Seattle, with offices across the U.S. and Europe. Rhapsody and the Rhapsody logo are registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc. Follow @Rhapsody on Twitter and keep up with the latest on the Rhapsody Facebook page.
This July we hosted our first open hackathon in the office. The purpose was to bring together a number of clever and creative people to collaborate on a project for the community in a short period of time. And we did it! Although it took more time than we first anticipated. More than 40 volunteers have laboured long and hard to create cipele46.org and are still working on the project to improve the platform that connects people with low-income and those who could help by donating clothes, food, personal care items, school supplies, furniture, household goods and anything else that someone might need.
The idea to connect people from both groups is not something new in Croatia. We joined forces with Silvija, Verica and Andreja from Cipele46 (en. Shoes 46) who started an initiative on Facebook in January 2013 that gathered more than 2000 people in a matter of days to help a disabled person who just needed a pair of shoes size 46 to get through the cold winter. Today, their Facebook page has almost 27 000 followers who are eager to help others. The organizers of the initiative get more than a thousand requests for help a month, and with different donations they were able to help more than 400 people and families so far. Read more
A great service starts with great people. We’ve been on a hiring roll lately, and have yet to stop. During the last few months we have hired a number of excellent people who have joined our UX/UI design, development and quality assurance teams.
Luka Vida joined our UX team and will be working closely with our clients and developers designing each client’s mobile assets, running thorough user testing and delivering top-notch usability in every app.
Two junior designers with an incredible potential, Mihovil Vargović and Domagoj Kapulica, will be working with our UI team creating eye-catching and engaging mobile experience. Mihovil’s college project was recently presented at Vizkultura as one of the best student projects originated at art schools across Croatia and abroad, while Domagoj is still involved in his side-kick project Squee, an iOS app for discovering amazing product design and sharing what you like with your friends.
This year’s international festival of design held in Zagreb presented the best young designers from Croatia and neighbouring countries. During the last four years D-Day has become an important venue for networking between young designers, and one of the driving forces of regional activity in the fields of design and creative industries in general.
Our lead designer Vedran Židanik had the opportunity to participate at D-Day with his friend Elvis Mehmedović, an interactive media designer like himself. They entered the festival with Flaster (Patch), a platform for hyperlocal reporting. Their idea was to enable citizens to report on issues in their cities using a mobile application. Read more
During the next few days the city of Umag is the centre of the ICT industry. WinDays13, the biggest IT conference in the region, is being held there from April 22nd till 26th. Two of our experts, Merlin Rebrović and Luka Abrus, are among the prominent 127 lecturers that will be introducing the conference participants to new trends in the mobile industry.
From 10th to 12th of April, London became the UX capital of the world. The best people in the field gathered around for inspiring talks and intensive workshops. Covering all the talks during the three days of UX London conference would fill a small book, but luckily they were all centered around a few themes and some surprising discoveries. Mind you, these are all my personal impressions, so someone else might have different experiences. Read more
Diamonds are girl’s best friend. And so are mobile apps. Especially ones which will make you feel like a princess just by using it. Diamond in the Rough is one such iPhone app and we’ve just launched it for our client.
Diamond in the Rough is one of the world’s leading natural, rough diamond jewelry brand. Their product line is made of diamond rings, but not the classical diamond you might find in most of the jewelry stores – these diamonds are in their untouched form, showing out the inherent beauty of these precious gemstones.
Make me feel good!
We’re never satisfied with simple, purely informational applications. Sure, the apps we make should provide basic information about our client’s products, but the app is sucessful as long as you really want to use it. The idea for Diamond in the Rough app was to give you the feeling of wearing one of those rings before actually buying them.
If you want to see how any diamond ring from their offering would fit you, all you have to do is:
* download the free Diamond in the Rough app
* click on “Try on a Ring”
* choose whichever ring you want – they’re all nicely sorted into several styles
* and take a photo of your hand with the ring on it!
The photos you take can be saved to your photo roll or shared with your friends on Facebook or Twitter!
Once you’re satisfied with the ring, you can use the app to find out more about rough diamonds – like that the Diamonds in the Rough team examines thousands of rough diamonds to find just a handful of ones naturally perfected or that each ring is hancrafted uniquely around the specific shape and color of the rough diamond. The app also showcases some extraordinary pieces and if you’re soon about to get married, maybe you’ll want to check out the bridal collection – some of the nicest and pretiest rings we ever saw are there.
If you really want to see how you’d look with a rough diamond ring, download Diamond in the Rough app now and check it out!
P.S. Our QA team really tested the app thoroughly. Click here to see how.
There is always something happening in Five Minutes. The beginning of December was a time for another internal hackathon. The spirits were still high from our first one and we wanted to use that before holidays. Read more
One of the most lasting and joyful games for us weren’t classic FPS, RPG or platform arcades – there’s only so many ways to play it and the worst of all, they have the end of the game. That’s why we love playing those brain puzzles and when we got a chance to actually work on one, we took that opportunity and now we’re presenting you the result: The Fit Brains Trainer.
Our partner in this project, Vivity Labs, has a lot of experience in this field; more than 75 million brain games have been played across their Fit Brains network. So, what is this all about?
Exciting times ahead! We’re in search for 6 mobile developers. As we’ve worked hard throughout the summer and autumn, winter is coming with new projects, new clients and new markets. So we’re in search of real talent, no matter the years of experience and jobs so far. What is important are superb programming skills and drive to learn and develop iOS and Android apps.
If we need to talk about technologies, here they are: Objective-C for iOS development, Java for Android development, HTML5 / CSS / JS for front-end, and Java J2EE for back-end. So, you see, that’s why we don’t emphasize the technologies, as much the quality of programming as such and the ability to learn.