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Alexandria, VA, Nov. 22, 2000 - Relatable, a provider of advanced personalization and recommendation solutions for digital audio and video content, announced today that EMusic.com Inc., (Nasdaq: EMUS) is using Relatable's TRM. EMusic, the Internet's leading seller of downloadable music, is using TRM as one of the key technologies to identify EMusic songs located on the Napster service.
"We were impressed with Relatable's solution," said Gene Hoffman, CEO of EMusic. "We tested TRM against a diverse mix of musical styles and file formats and found TRM to be nearly 100 percent accurate."
TRM creates a unique signature by analyzing thirty-seconds of an audio file for data values relating to a number of acoustic features. The resulting signature is analogous to a fingerprint: Each one is different and identifies a musical track precisely. Once these audio characteristics are measured, they are sent to a server that matches them to an existing song or adds the signature if its not already in the database.
TRM was released as an open source solution to help support MusicBrainz, a database that facilitates the exchange of audio-related metadata on the Internet. Since its release on August 18, the number of unique audio signatures created by TRM has continued to grow. Through November 18, more than 400,000 signatures have been created, with TRM signaturing, on average, more than 125,000 tracks every month.
To use TRM, users can download the FreeAmp player version 2.1 release candidate 5.0 available from both the FreeAmp (www.freeamp.org) and Relatable (www.relatable.com) Web sites. The final release of FreeAmp 2.1 will be announced in the coming weeks. Relatable joined EMusic as a co-sponsor of the open source FreeAmp project in July.
Relatable, a privately held company located in Alexandria, VA, is a provider of advanced personalization and recommendation solutions for digital audio and video content. Relatable-enabled solutions can work through any IP-enabled device, including, but not limited to, MP3 music player and jukebox software and Web sites. Relatable is "Private by Design:" Relatable's opt in solutions allow companies to create targeted content and commercial offerings that protect their customers' online privacy at the same time. To learn more about Relatable, please visit our Web site at: http://www.relatable.com.
www.EMusic.com is a Web site for sampling and purchasing music in the MP3 format, which has become the standard in the digital distribution of music. Through direct relationships with leading artists and exclusive licensing agreements with over 600 independent record labels, EMusic.com offers an expanding collection of over 140,000 tracks for purchase - individual tracks for 99 cents each or entire downloadable albums for $8.99. The site also offers "EMusic Unlimited," a revolutionary new music discovery service that allows fans to download as much music as they desire for as little as $9.99 a month.
EMusic.com features top artists in all musical genres, such as Alternative (They Might Be Giants, Bush, Violent Femmes, Tom Waits), Punk (Green Day, Pennywise, Rancid, NOFX), Jazz (Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Concord Records), Blues (John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Buddy Guy), Electronic (DJ Spooky, Sasha & Digweed), Hip Hop (Kool Keith, Blackalicious, The Coup), Country (Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline), Rock (Phish, Elvis Costello, Goo Goo Dolls), World (Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Lee 'Scratch' Perry) and Popular Vocalists (Liza Minnelli, Eartha Kitt, Judy Garland). Since it was founded in January 1998, EMusic has established itself at the forefront of how music will be discovered, delivered and enjoyed in the next decade. In addition to having the Internet's largest catalog of downloadable MP3 music available for purchase, EMusic operates one of the most popular families of music-oriented Web sites - including RollingStone.com, EMusic.com, DownBeat.com and IUMA. The company is based in Redwood City, California, with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Nashville.
MusicBrainz is an Open Source project that aims to provide a music metadata server. The MusicBrainz server will contain all of the metadata (artist, album, track information about music) that corresponds to the audio signatures created by Relatable's TRM technology. MusicBrainz intends to involve the Internet community to create and maintain the music metadata server so that consumers and music companies can use the data from the server without restrictive licensing agreements that are required by other metadata servers. For more information on MusicBrainz, please visit http://www.musicbrainz.org.