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Who Is the Best Band in China? HKGFM.net To Help Choose In Global Battle of the Bands August 28, 2009

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HKGFM.net whose tagline is “YOUR Musical Universe” and has 50,000 listeners a day is teaming up to provide world wide coverage on the China Battle! Mr. Blaze Hackman, Music Director of HKGFM.net said “We are delighted to be involved with the authentic live music scene in China which has been one of our biggest listening markets since 2008. For many people HKGFM.net is the top choice for music lovers in China and with listeners from over 150 countries around the globe we will bring China’s Rock “n” Roll to the world.” said Hackman, “All the bands who sign up for the competition will be able to send their music to HKGFM.net and as part of the competition we will have special shows to help feature their music.”

“This is a live music event in front of a live crowd who get to pick their favorite band at each of the heats as the bands battle through the competition. The audience gets to choose their favorite band on the night and their selection helps decide the winners at each of the heats. We know the bands have fans from all over the country who may not be able to make it to the live shows so we want those fans to be able to join in the fun too. So we have teamed up with HKGFM.net to allow fans to choose who they think is the best.” said Chris B, National Director of GBOB China. “We will announce details of how fans can join in online by the end of August.”

Global Battle of the Bands China this year will take place in five cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Each city will select one winning band based on judges and audience votes. Judges comprising of established musicians, respected music journalists, music editors and people involved in the music industry. Judges confirmed so far include: Jun Kung (drummer, producer), Soler (band), Silvester See Wai Yin (veteran musician, Acehero Films), Vincent Lee (Warner Music Hong Kong) and Christine Samson (Singer & Vocal Coach to top artists in HK such as Joey Yung, G.E.M., Fong Lik Sun).

Top notch live music venues from each city will be used: Yugongyishan (Beijing), Yuyingtang (Shanghai), The Cavern (Hong Kong), Jin Bar (Shenzhen) and Live Music Association (Macau).

Each of the five cities winners will battle out in Hong Kong in November 2009 to see who will represent China in the World Final of Global Battle of the Bands in London, England and the chance to win the grand prize of US$100,000 in band development.

Chris B, National Director of GBOB China, “More and more focus is on China to produce the next big band that is un-manufactured and playing real music, this competition will expose those potential bands to the world.”

Over 36 countries are taking part in 2009. The World Final will be held in La Scala, London, England on 13 December 2009. The 2008 World Final GBOB judges; comprised Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols bassist/songwriter), Jim Lowe (producer: Stereophonics, Charlatans etc) and Ben Adams (ex-member of A1 and now producer) and they all agreed that China would be the country to watch at 2009 finals. “Clearly Killer Soap have put the world on notice that Chinese bands are ready to take the world stage in rock music.” said Matt Walker, organiser of the Global Battle of the bands competition.

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Mufin Launches Mufin Player Pro, Music Player with Interactive 3D Sound Universe for Enriched Music Discovery and Management August 28, 2009

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Mufin has released a unique sound-based music player that brings music discovery and management into the digital age.

The new mufin player pro knows the sound of your music and provides a visual navigation of music collections based on their sounds — to make organizing, enjoying, and discovering music easier than ever.

Traditional music players sort music collections by artist or title name (no different than stacking physical CDs or albums on shelves) — thus filing the Beastie Boys after the Beach Boys, or pairing the Jonas Brothers with Johnny Cash. Instead, mufin’s unique soundsort technology organizes tracks according to each song’s musical qualities (tempo, instruments, sound density, etc.).

Grouping songs based on sound makes it easier for users to find the right songs to match their mood, particularly when dealing with extensive music collections.

The new mufin player pro takes sound-based management a step further with its ‘3D Sound Universe’. This visual navigation tool displays an entire music collection on a single screen. Songs are aligned according to sound metrics into distinct sound galaxies, and the closer songs appear in the universe, the more similar their sound metrics. “Digital music technology has so much more to offer than just MP3. Mufin player pro lets you playfully travel your music collection guided by its sound, something that you simply can’t do with your physical record collection.” says Jürgen Jaron, CEO of mufin.

Mufin player pro is available now for $29.99 at http://www.mufin.com.

Additionally, the company launched the official release of its free mufin player at http://www.mufin.com, which was previously in beta.

Both mufin player pro and the free mufin player incorporate strong social features to let music lovers share newly-discovered tracks and old favorites with friends.

In addition to the soundsort technology and visual navigation, mufin player pro includes:
• Automatic cleaning up of song details — including misspelled artists or titles, a sound-based duplicate song finder, and advanced drag-and-drop ID3 editing.
• Sound-based recommendations — mufin’s sound-based recommendation engine searches a database of over 6 million songs to suggest new songs that sound similar to any track.
• Personal DJ: mufin creates perfect playlists to match any mood in seconds. Users simply select any track (even self-produced songs!) and mufin automatically builds a playlist with tracks that match musically.

The free mufin player includes soundsort technology, social networking features, playlist creation, import/burning CDs, sync with MP3 players and iTunes. In addition to the player releases, mufin has improved its web interface on mufin.com, adding fun music visualization tools that map out song recommendations for intuitive navigation and song discovery.

With mufin’s music recommendation and recognition technology, only the sound of the song matters and not its popularity, origin or subjective grouping. Mufin empowers companies to monitor music usage and help their customers rediscover and manage their music collections in a new way using automated playlist creation, visual music navigation or automatic repair of incomplete or missing meta information in digital music files.

Mufin’s recommendation and recognition technologies work where your music is, whether it’s on the desktop, online or mobile device.

Visit http://www.mufin.com for more information or to download the free mufin player or mufin player pro.