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YANGAROO And MTV Networks Music Group Enter Agreement April 21, 2010

Posted by David W. King in digital distribution, Digital Entertainment, Digital Formats, Digital Music, Digital Music News.
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YANGAROO Inc., the industry’s leading secure digital media distribution company, has signed a multi-year agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN), a division of Viacom International Inc.

Under the Agreement, MTV Networks Music Group will begin utilizing YANGAROO’s Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) to have artist and music-related audiovisual content delivered to certain MTVN properties and to integrate DMDS into the company’s internal workflow. MTV Networks Music Group includes music video channels MTV, MTV2, VH1, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, and Country Music Television (CMT) and CMT Pure.


MediaNet Tops 100 New Customers For Digital Delivery Of Premium Content April 21, 2010

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MediaNet, the industry leading business-to-business provider of premium digital media content, announced that more than 100 new customers have signed on to provide digital music content from the advanced MN Open platform. MediaNet debuted a new set of products including the MN Open API and a suite of Web Components for the delivery of premium digital music content six months ago.


UK Digital Economy Bill A Strike Against Internet Freedom April 12, 2010

Posted by David W. King in digital distribution, Digital Entertainment, Digital Formats, Digital Music, Digital Music News.
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Despite protests from thousands of Internet users, the British House of Commons has passed its Digital Economy Bill. Once the bill passes the House of Lords, it allows the government to block websites over copyright issues, requires ISPs to pass along peer to peer file sharing notices to Internet users from copyright holders and opens the door to disconnection from the Internet as a punishment for copyright infringers.


Guvera Limited Signs Licensing Agreement With ASCAP April 6, 2010

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Guvera USA, Inc, a search website for “free but paid for” music and digital content provided by brands, announced a licensing agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization. Through its agreement with ASCAP, Guvera is able to legally stream works of every kind of music created by ASCAP’s more than 380,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.

Guvera currently has content agreements with Universal Music Group, EMI Music, INgrooves and IODA, offering consumers “free but paid for” legal downloads and on-demand streams from their full music libraries. Advertisers will host branded channels on Guvera.com, paying a fee when their targeted consumers download or stream content, and companies such as ASCAP will receive a percentage of that fee to distribute back to their members.

“Guvera is a very strong and unique business model. We believe Guvera’s content delivery platform is exactly what many consumers have been seeking and a compelling opportunity for our members to receive compensation for use of their creative works online,” said Matthew DeFilippis, Vice President, New Media for ASCAP. “We are very pleased to officially announce the Guvera licensing agreement as the service launches worldwide.”

Dan Thompson, Head of Content for Guvera USA, Inc, commented, “ASCAP represents an incredibly large number of composers, songwriters and publishers and we are thrilled to have the support of ASCAP and its community in a bid to fight illegal downloads and revolutionize the music market.”

Naxos And Ripstyles Form A Nice Sounding Partnership March 3, 2010

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Conversion of CDs, cassettes and LPs to digital formats just got easier, thanks to the newly-minted partnership between Ripstyles LLC (www.ripstyles.com), a media conversion company, and Naxos (www.naxos.com), the world’s leading classical music label.

Music-lovers who are looking for a hassle-free solution to digitize their personal music and media collections now have the option to save hundreds of hours by using the services at www.naxosrip.com.


BuskerLabel Launches Crowd-Funding For Upcoming Music Under Creative Commons March 3, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Creative Commons, Digital Music, Digital Music News.
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BuskerLabel announced the public availability of its crowd-funding platform for releasing music albums online under Creative Commons license.

BuskerLabel, a self-funded startup based in Rome, offers an innovative platform to the music business by focusing on the excitement and anticipation that precedes an album’s release.

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AirPlay Direct Celebrates Banner 2009 – Sets New Standard for Digital to Radio Music Delivery December 18, 2009

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Nashville, TN December 16, 2009 — In 2005, Robert Weingartz had a dream and a small group of like-minded artists who supported his idea to start a digital-to-radio music delivery service. With his own money and funds from private investors, Weingartz began building the company – one artist, and one radio station at a time.

News ImageFast forward to 2009, and Weingartz is now CEO of AirPlay Direct, a company which boasts a global presence of nearly 25,000 artist/label members and 4,400 radio stations representing almost every country in the world.

Through Weingartz’s passion for the music and his single-minded attention to every detail, AirPlay Direct is quickly becoming the preeminent music and related artist content delivery platform in the entertainment industry.

The AirPlay Direct service represents music from every virtually every genre of music, including Rock, Country, R&B, Rap, Christian, Hip Hop, Pop, Gospel, Folk, New Age, Native American and Americana, among others.

In 2009, entertainment icon, Dolly Parton, made her music exclusively available to radio via the AirPlay Direct platform; Rounder Records brought the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration, Raising Sand, along with new projects by actor-turned banjo virtuoso, Steve Martin and bluegrass chanteuse, Rhonda Vincent; Alligator Records uploaded their huge catalog – including long out-of-print titles by blues rock legend, Johnny Winter; guitar wizard Steve Vai debuted his latest offering; Country mainstay Charlie Daniels delivered his new Christmas project exclusively to radio through the service; AND to cap the year in style, AirPlay Direct has just announced the exclusive worldwide distribution to radio of the prestigious catalog of the late Roy Orbison, widely considered to be one of the most influential singer/songwriters in the history of recorded music.

This year also marked the roll out of AirPlay Direct’s new upgraded delivery platform and their new Global Radio Indicator Charts, the first of its kind – which tracks global radio activity in real time. Weingartz and company also debuted the new digital / interactive publication, the Direct Buzz.

In November, Weingartz relocated his company from suburban Atlanta to Nashville, where he has surrounded himself with a cadre of top-flight industry professionals who advise him and help him to manage and guide his ever growing media company.

“2009 has been a very exciting year for AirPlay Direct,” states Weingartz. “I am pleased with the accomplishments, growth and successes that we have enjoyed as a company, and in tandem with our artist and record label members. I am looking forward to 2010 with great anticipation as AirPlay Direct continues to play a vital role in helping to shape the landscape of the rapidly evolving global music community. AirPlay Direct has some very powerful new deals and partnerships in place that we will be announcing in the first quarter of next year. I expect truly explosive growth for the company in the coming months.”

About AirPlay Direct:
AirPlay Direct is a global digital music delivery system servicing radio and the entertainment industry with downloadable content from some of the biggest names in music, alongside rising independent artists. AirPlay Direct’s web-based artist marketing, promotion, education, and advocacy platform allows artists, record labels, and music publishers to securely deliver broadcast-quality music and digital press kits to industry professionals worldwide. Our system allows media programmers and film/TV music supervisors to connect to new music, create music calls, browse top downloaded artists, and immediately download music and related artist information. AirPlay Direct recently debuted their monthly digital/interactive publication, the Direct Buzz.

For more information about AirPlay Direct please visit http://www.AirPlayDirect.com

For more information about the Direct Buzz go to http://www.thedirectbuzz.com

*Photo caption: Robert Weingartz, CEO, AirPlay Direct

Publicity contact:
Clif Doyal
Corporate Publicist, AirPlay Direct
CDA Promotions-Nashville/OKC
(a division of the Clif Doyal Agency, LLC)
Office: 615.885.5998 Cell: 615.319.1863
CDAnashville (at) aol (dot) com

Meet The Beatles: Rock Band Ad Brings John Lennon and George Harrison Back From the Dead–Spooky September 2, 2009

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John Lennon and George Harrison are brought back to life alongside Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in the first advertisement for the hotly-anticipated The Beatles: Rock Band video game.

The game, the latest in the successful Rock Band franchise, is expected to be one of the biggest-selling releases of the year, appealing both to young gamers and their Beatles-loving parents.

The Beatles: Rock Band will allow gamers to strum, play and sing along to 45 songs from the band’s back catalogue, with fans able to buy special replica controllers that look like original Beatles instruments. The band members themselves feature in the game as digital recreations.
It will be released across the world on September 9.

SAEOnLine: A Learning Revolution In Game, Film And Music Production Begins August 16, 2009

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SAE is the world’s biggest private educator with more than 50 campuses around the globe. Many thousands of students have enjoyed the superb facilities and expert tuition offered at them. Now anyone with an internet connection can get an SAE education as the company launches SAEOnLine, a revolution in on-line education. It will bring SAE’s expertise in music production, games programming (from SAE’s sister company Qantm who specialize in superb game-based courses) and film production to homes in far flung places around the world or to people too busy to take on a full time educational course.

SAEOnLine currently offers 22 courses (see http://saeonline.com/catalog/all-courses), expected to rise to 25 and beyond over the coming weeks. There are 16 Learning Advisors on hand to offer help and advice, and students are encouraged to use the site to interact with these Advisors and fellow students, sharing music, ideas and show reels. Courses are available in English, Spanish, Italian and German, and the International Graduate College is integrating with SAEOnLine to offer a Masters degree, in conjunction with Middlesex University.

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