Microsoft, Loudeye Team Up to Offer Digital Music Solutions

Dec 30, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Loudeye Corp. introduced two customer-branded product offerings based on Microsoft Windows Media 9 Series and the Loudeye Media Framework. Companies using the branded products on the Windows Media platform include AT&T Wireless and Gibson Audio, a new consumer electronics division of Gibson Guitar Corp.

The Loudeye Digital Music Store is an outsourced digital music store that can be integrated with customers’ existing technology, branding and infrastructure to give them instant access to a digital music business. Features include digital music download delivery, branded players to provide both live and on-demand audio and video content to end-users, digital rights management using Windows Media Digital Rights Management, usage reporting and analytics, digital music royalty settlement, streaming music samples and cover art, music metadata and rich media ringtones. The Loudeye iRadio Service offers 100 channels of preprogrammed music, which can be delivered to any Internet-connected device supporting Windows Media 9 Series and Windows Media Digital Rights Management.

In related news, Microsoft Corp. announced that it is joining forces with Loudeye to enable the rapid deployment of branded digital music services and stores using the combination of Loudeye’s new products and Windows Media 9 Series.

“Loudeye’s digital music solutions are important for helping customers go to market with high-quality music offerings built using Windows Media 9 Series,” said Dave Fester, general manager of Windows digital media division at Microsoft. “Loudeye’s industry leadership and technical expertise enable companies using Loudeye’s solutions to rapidly build and launch a world-class branded music store or radio services using the Windows Media platform.”

The Loudeye Digital Music Store and Loudeye iRadio Service provide a means for any company to launch a digital music store and/or Internet radio service under their own brand rather than spending millions of dollars to develop their own service utilizing a third-party player.

“We’ve just seen the first wave of digital music stores and services hit the market and quickly demonstrate the potential of online music as a powerful marketing and branding tool, revenue driver and important business component,” said Jeff Cavins, Loudeye’s president and CEO. “In coming months, we’ll see a second wave of deployments, this time extending beyond online retailers and other core music companies to new industries we’ve never thought to connect with digital music.

For more information on Loudeye's Digital Music Store and iRadio service, visit www.loudeye.com.






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