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Malaysia’s first radio and music streaming app, RAKU (Radio Aku) which allows Malaysians to access millions of international and local songs, podcasts, as well as localised content such as comedy, news, sports and traffic updates, is here.

“RAKU is designed for Malaysians, with Malaysians preference and taste in mind,” said Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro at the Launch of RAKU on 17 April 2015.

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COO of Astro, Henry Tan

RAKU is available on all smartphones, tablets and desktop which can be downloaded via Raku.my while the app can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

With the app, users will be able to stream songs, videos and listen to more than 20 radio stations and podcasts.

The content featured in the app is available in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil.

The service is available in two version; Free and Premium. RAKU Premium which costs RM14.90 per month (including GST) on Android and USD 5.99 on iOS, features unlimited access to millions of tracks from a vast music catalogue, customised playlists and radio on-demand.

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Hazama performed “Malaikat” at the launch.

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Dasha  Logan and her uncle David Arumugam from Alleycats performed “Jika Kau Bercinta Lagi”.

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Man Bai sang “Ilham Ku”

With the Premium version, users can create their own radio station and playlist, as well as share their personalised playlist with their friends on social media platforms.

The app will also live stream band performances from popular live-show hotspots in the Klang Valley like Laundry, Backyard and more, so that subscribers can even watch the performances in the comfort of their homes.

“This feature in unavailable on other music streaming service, which is why it is very unique,” said Jake Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Astro Radio.

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CEO of Astro Radio

“I am pleased that RAKU is able to strengthen its commitment to supporting Malaysian artistes and indie bands by offering a new way of connecting with their fans, not only through their recorded music, but also their live performances. Listeners can now listen without having to be there,” he added.

Some of the local artistes that have playlists on RAKU are; Noh Salleh, Tres Empre, Bittersweet, Enterprise, Man Bai, Alleycats, Dasha Logan, as well as many indie bands such as Paper Plane Pursuit, Pop Shuvit and Bunkface.

Meanwhile, local DJs with their own playlist on the app include Ean Jin and RD from Hitz.fm, Haniff and Hani from ERA.fm, Jack Lim from MY.fm, and Aanantha from THR Raaga.