SOURCE: Gracenote, Inc.

July 15, 2008 15:37 ET

Gracenote and TuneUp Media Align to Give Music Libraries a Makeover

Gracenote's Music Recognition Technology and Global Media Database Allow TuneUp Media Users to Automatically Clean Their iTunes Music Collections

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Spring cleaning season may be over but it's never too late to tidy up your digital music collection, and with today's launch of the TuneUp Companion for iTunes there are no more excuses. Powered by Gracenote®'s digital fingerprinting technology and Global Media Database, TuneUp enables iTunes users to add correct song titles, artists, and genres to the song tracks in their iTunes library, automatically. With TuneUp, music fans never need to worry about incomplete or inaccurate information in their music collection.

Most digital music collections have been built up over many years and from a variety of sources, resulting in libraries that often contain inconsistent data. For instance, a music fan may have Rolling Stones tracks that are categorized under "The Rolling Stones," as well as "Rolling Stones," and simply "The Stones." The issue is even more evident in collections with "Track01"s or tracks by "Various Artists." The TuneUp Companion for iTunes is designed to fix such problems.

"The average digital music collection has more than 1700 tracks from many different sources, and this means a typical user's library has inaccurate track titles, artists and genres," states Jim Hollingsworth, SVP of sales and marketing at Gracenote. "We are pleased that TuneUp is utilizing our technology to provide a fun and intuitive way to keep the collections of music fans accurate and complete."

TuneUp works by using Gracenote's MusicID® music recognition technology to first identify each song in a music library. TuneUp then tags each song -- including previously mislabeled ones -- by cross-referencing Gracenote's database of 90 million tracks. To clean up a music library, a user simply drags batches of songs from iTunes to the "Clean" tab inside the TuneUp Companion.

"We built TuneUp because we all had disorganized music collections. After doing some surveys we learned that the vast majority of music collections have incorrect or missing information," said Gabriel Adiv, founder and CEO of TuneUp Media. "Our strategic relationship with Gracenote allows our users to enhance their current iTunes experience by providing them integrated access to the world's largest music database."

In addition to cleaning a user's music library, TuneUp finds cover art and delivers valuable and contextual content seamlessly beside the iTunes application. TuneUp automatically displays upcoming concerts for every artist in a collection, and retrieves related merchandise links, videos, fan blogs and industry websites related to any playing song.

The TuneUp Companion for iTunes is downloadable from www.tuneupmedia.com, and includes both a free and "Gold" version of the software. The current version supports Windows-based iTunes, and a Mac OS X release is scheduled for Fall 2008. Future versions will also support other popular media players.

USEFUL LINKS:

--  TuneUp home page: www.tuneupmedia.com
--  TuneUp online press kit: www.tuneupmedia.com/press
--  TuneUp news feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TuneUpNews
--  Gracenote website: www.gracenote.com
    

About Gracenote

Gracenote, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, is a global leader in embedded technology, enriched content, and data services for digital entertainment solutions within the Internet, consumer electronics, mobile, and automotive markets. Formerly known as CDDB®, Gracenote delivers a substantially improved consumer experience in digital media devices and applications, plus media monitoring and other data services to the recording industry, making it an integral part of the digital media economy. Gracenote powers leading services including Apple iTunes, Yahoo! Music Jukebox, Winamp; home and automotive products from Alpine, Panasonic, Philips and Sony; and mobile music applications from Samsung, Sony Ericsson, KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Europe), and others. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Gracenote has offices in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Seoul. For more information about Gracenote, please refer to www.gracenote.com/corporate/.

About TuneUp Media

TuneUp Media are the music lovers behind the TuneUp Companion, a software plug-in that enhances the digital music experience. TuneUp automatically "cleans" mislabeled tracks in a user's library, finds missing cover art, and presents useful, fun and contextual information to users, including: concerts, music videos, news and more. The TuneUp companion is currently available for iTunes, with support for other major media players planned for the near future. Based in San Francisco, the company was founded in 2007 by Gabriel Adiv and Raza Zaidi.

Gracenote, MusicID and CDDB are registered trademarks of Gracenote, Inc. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact:

    Andrew Kippen
    Stage Two Consulting for TuneUp Media
    415.287.7710
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    Veronica Skelton
    Concept Communications for Gracenote
    415.342.3435
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