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Mobilefilmworks Releases Beta Streaming Service For Indie Movies To Mobile April 21, 2010

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Mobile entertainment firm Mobilefilmworks, Inc. debuts its beta service that makes instant streaming of full-length feature movies available on-demand to millions of mobile phone users. Mobilefilmworks is now available via the mobile web on all four major U.S. carriers and initially across 30 different handset devices, including the iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile and many high-end feature phones, potentially reaching over 250 million subscribers.

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Slacker Radio Announces Android Station Caching For Listening To Your Favorite Music Everywhere February 24, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Internet Radio, mobile entertainment, Radio.
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Slacker, Inc. announced the availability of Slacker Radio 2.0 for Android phones. For the first time ever, Android users can cache their favorite Slacker stations right to their phones to listen anywhere – whether they are connected to a wireless network or not. The application is available immediately by visiting http://www.Slacker.com from an Android phone or by searching for Slacker in the Android Market.

With Slacker Radio 2.0 and a Radio Plus subscription, music enthusiasts using their Android-powered smartphone can select stations to cache by simply selecting “Cache Station” from within the app. Listeners can choose to manually cache their favorite stations or use “Auto Refresh,” enabling their Android-powered smartphone to automatically wake during overnight charging and wirelessly refresh station content, providing new music daily with no additional effort.

Cached stations are stored on the smartphone and can be accessed on subways, planes and everywhere in between with no network drop-outs and minimal battery usage. Along with the ability to store stations, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free listening, song lyrics, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests and more.

Android owners can now listen to Slacker personalized radio without a Wi-Fi or mobile network connection to take their favorite stations wherever they go without having to manage playlists or transfer music from their home computers. Listeners of the free Slacker Basic Radio service will be able to cache stations for up to 14 days, providing everyone the opportunity to try this new feature on their Android phone, risk-free.

“Android users can now enjoy their music anywhere they go with our personalized and feature-packed Slacker Radio for Android 2.0,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “The benefits of the new station caching feature enable listeners to travel far beyond Wi-Fi or mobile connections to enjoy a continuous and unrivaled music experience.”

The millions who listen to the free Slacker Basic Radio service will continue to enjoy the same unparalleled music experience that now includes a free trial of the complete station caching solution. With access to a song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading competitor, Android owners can use Slacker Basic Radio or Slacker Radio Plus to create their own Personal Radio stations or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations.

Slacker Basic Radio and Slacker Radio Plus also enable access to artist biographies and album reviews, station fine-tuning, “peek ahead” song previews and custom artist stations. In addition to marking songs as favorites, listeners can also ban songs and artists to create perfect custom radio stations.

Rock Out With The New T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition January 19, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Guitarists, Guitars, iPhone, mobile entertainment, Music, Uncategorized.
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T-Mobile USA, Inc. announces the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone.

As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.

The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing.

“In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.”

Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers.

“The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device”.

With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality.

An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices.

The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring.

Neurotic Media Signs Indie Labels To Hosted Model January 18, 2010

Posted by David W. King in digital distribution, mobile entertainment, online entertainment, Uncategorized.
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Neurotic Media, the leading provider of online and mobile entertainment download solutions, announced that it was selected by E1 Entertainment, Madacy Entertainment/Countdown Media, and Curb Records for “Hosted Model” digital distribution services. The “Hosted Model” is a term coined by record companies for a digital distribution model whereby they host their digital catalogs with a vendor (i.e. Neurotic Media) that allows them to control and administer their distribution relationships in the marketplace directly, hands-on, in a self-managed manner.

Using Neurotic Media’s do-it-yourself admin platform, content owners such as record companies and distributors manage their digital assets on a project-by-project basis, including both business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) initiatives and direct-to-consumer (D2C) projects.

Content owners use Neurotic Media to launch brand and retail partners quickly using either Neurotic Media’s Neurolinq API tools or Neurotic Media’s do-it-yourself, template-based services. Additionally, content owners use Neurotic Media’s platform to execute and manage their in-house needs, such as empowering artist websites’ download stores, widgets, give-away campaigns, and solutions for corporate partners. Neurotic Media’s platform provides its content owner clients with an easy path to increase distribution and sales revenues, a path that has been tested and proven by major record companies since Neurotic Media launched its enterprise-class platform in 2005.

Meredith Marconi, SVP of Sales & Marketing of Neurotic Media, comments: “We’re excited to add marquee independent record companies such as E1 Entertainment, Curb Records, and Madacy Entertainment/Countdown Media to our Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) platform. With the ongoing shift of revenues from physical to digital products, independent record companies are now able to recognize returns from using our system, which in the past were considered only major label domain. Our robust, holistic digital platform offers multiple online and mobile delivery capabilities that touch many departments and initiatives within a record label or distribution company. We are proud to empower leading independent distributors who can now yield strong returns from shifting certain operations, services and programs to the digital domain.”