SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

December 06, 2006 14:21 ET

PassAlong Networks Announces Interoperability Solution - freedomMP3™

FreedomMP3 Balances Consumer Desires and Artist Rights, Reinforces Legal Sales of MP3 Downloads

FRANKLIN, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 6, 2006 -- PassAlong Networks™, developer of digital media innovations and services, today announced the beta version of freedomMP3, an interoperability technology that honors creator and consumer rights and enables consumers to legally buy MP3 music files and play that music on multiple devices, including iPods.

FreedomMP3 balances what consumers want with what artists and labels need. Consumers want the ability to purchase music from anywhere, play it on all devices and easily move content from device to device. Artists and labels are looking for new ways to significantly increase online digital revenue while protecting their music. Using freedomMP3, content-rights holders have complete flexibility in setting security parameters depending on their needs.

For example, when consumers attempt to move a freedomMP3-enabled song from a device, they are alerted and asked to confirm whether they want to either "let it go" or "keep it here." Artists and creators also have the ability to set how many times their songs can move off the PC. In another example, consumers can earn Points when they share music with friends. And in another implementation, consumers can share the music freely when it is accompanied with advertising. FreedomMP3 enables many methods for the artist to be compensated and the consumer to enjoy their music.

FreedomMP3's patent-pending technology establishes rules-based systems to allow consumers to conveniently transfer the music to any of their other PCs and play the songs on portable digital music players, including iPods and MP3-enabled cell phones. FreedomMP3 accomplishes this without the use of restrictive digital rights management (DRM) technologies currently in use.

"Our goal is to take the marketplace beyond the DRM dilemma," said Scott Hughes, co-founder and SVP Strategy for PassAlong Networks and former EMI executive. "Consumers and content owners understand that current forms of DRM inhibit the growth of digital music downloads. FreedomMP3's approach is to protect raw MP3s that offer consumers much greater convenience and interoperability."

PassAlong has a complete product roadmap for freedomMP3, including Mac™ and mobile versions that will be available starting in 2007. FreedomMP3 seamlessly integrates with StoreBlocks and Speakerheart, two new PassAlong services that offer artists and digital service providers (DSPs) greater flexibility in selling digital music files. FreedomMP3 works on all PCs running Windows 2000 or higher.

PassAlong is actively soliciting input on freedomMP3 from potential partners within the entertainment community, including artists, content owners, DSPs and device manufacturers, as well as from consumers. To learn more about FreedomMP3 and offer comments and suggestions, please visit www.freedomMP3.net.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks is a developer of digital media innovations and services designed to enhance the Connected Consumer™ ecosystem. PassAlong's B2B2C technology engine provides four key services for the digital media marketplace: StoreBlocks™ offers a variety of store-building tools to enable clients to provide their end-consumers with a library of more than 2 million licensed songs and the powerful music referral system, Passing-and-Points™; freedomMP3™ provides interoperability for digital media files across multiple platforms and devices while promoting a balance of artist rights and media empowerment for both content creators and consumers; OnTour® connects fans to detailed, accurate and relevant concert notifications; and Speakerheart™ enables artists to seamlessly upload, promote and sell their digital music. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is privately held and based in Franklin, Tenn. For more information, visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com.

OnTour, StoreBlocks, freedomMP3, PassAlong, Connected Consumer, Passing-and-Points and Speakerheart are trademarks of PassAlong Networks.

Mac and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.

Contact Information

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