London-based streaming music service Bloom.fm is shutting down following the withdrawal of its main investment partner, TNT, a Russian television channel. TNT withdrew its funding following an organizational change, said VentureBeat.

In a blog post, the Bloom.fm team said the withdrawal of funding was a surprise and that the company has no time to find new investment.

Bloom Game Over

We’ll keep this short because we’re pretty shell-shocked.

It’s game over for Bloom.fm.

Our investor, who’s been along for the ride since day one, has unexpectedly pulled our funding.

It’s come so out of the blue that we don’t have time to find new investment. So, with enormous regret, we have to shut up shop.

This is a poetically crappy turn of events as our young business was showing real promise. Our apps and web player are looking super-nice and we had 1,158,914 registered users in a little over a year. Yep.

A massive thanks to everyone that helped us get this far. We’re absolutely gutted. But it’s been a real pleasure.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Bloom.fm had been blocked from using Apple's iAd advertising service to gain new users because it competed too closely with Apple's own iTunes Radio service, which is preparing to launch in the United Kingdom.

It's unclear whether the iAd blocking had anything to do with the removal of funding, but it was likely a blow to the company regardless.

Top Rated Comments

hlfway2anywhere Avatar
98 months ago
U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Being Blocked From iAd


While chronologically correct, this is some quality link bait.
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BinaryTim Avatar
98 months ago
Here's some more good ones

Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Someone Registers The Domain Macrumors.com

Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Bill Clinton Elected President

Bloom.fm Shutting Down After The Germans Bomb London, in 1940


Any of those work for ya, Macrumors? :rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AstronomyiPhone Avatar
98 months ago
U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Being Blocked From iAd


While chronologically correct, this is some quality link bait.

You beat me to it: I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
179202 Avatar
98 months ago
"It's unclear whether the iAd blocking had anything to do with the removal of funding..." but we're going to heavily imply it in the headline anyway. Awful link baiting.

The real headline here is: Bloom.fm shutting down after investor pulls funding.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FriednTested Avatar
98 months ago
Day by day macrumors is becoming the equivalent of NotW and similar shady and questionable tabloids... Lol...
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98 months ago
U.K. iTunes Radio Competitor Bloom.fm Shutting Down After Apple MacBook Air Refresh
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