SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

January 04, 2007 10:45 ET

PassAlong Networks Employs Gracenote Technology in Interoperability Solution -- FreedomMP3™

Gracenote's Song Recognition Technology Reinforces Legal MP3 Sales

FRANKLIN, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 4, 2007 -- PassAlong Networks™, developer of digital media services and innovations, today announced a licensing agreement with Gracenote™ that employs Gracenote technology for song recognition in PassAlong's freedomMP3 interoperability service.

FreedomMP3 is an interoperability platform that allows digital music to play on PCs, phones and portable digital music players while respecting both consumers' and creators' rights. FreedomMP3's patent-pending technology allows consumers to legally purchase raw MP3 music files from digital service providers (DSPs) and then play the music on portable digital music players, conveniently transfer the music to any of their other PCs and play the songs on MP3-enabled cell phones.

"FreedomMP3 simplifies the whole problem of digital rights management (DRM) that is plaguing the marketplace right now," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "By leveraging Gracenote's excellent song recognition technology, we will increase the power and reliability of the freedomMP3 software."

"We are excited to help PassAlong free consumers from the hassles of current DRM limitations, while protecting the desire of the artists and labels to determine how their music is used," said Craig Palmer, CEO of Gracenote. "PassAlong is an innovator and our partnership is a major step towards a solution to interoperability in the marketplace."

FreedomMP3 works on all PCs running Windows 2000 or higher. When a freedomMP3-enabled song is attempting to leave a computer, the consumer is alerted and asked to confirm either a "let it go" or "keep it here" action. Rights holders have the option to set the security level higher or lower depending on their needs.

PassAlong Networks and Integrity Music recently announced the beta launch of faithMP3, the first freedomMP3™-enabled online digital music store. To visit the beta release of the faithMP3 store, go to

FreedomMP3 demos will take place in the Gracenote booth at CES in Las Vegas, January 8-11, 2007, LVCC South Hall 4 Booth 31646.

About Gracenote

Gracenote is a leader in global digital entertainment technology. Formerly known as CDDB, Gracenote provides businesses with critical embedded software and metadata that enable consumers to better manage, enjoy and discover digital media. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Gracenote also has offices in New York, Tokyo, Berlin and Seoul. Gracenote's solutions are embedded in leading media players such as Apple iTunes, Yahoo Music Engine, RealNetworks Rhapsody, Napster and AOL Winamp, as well as software applications for Creative and iRiver portable devices. Gracenote's technology powers leading home and automobile consumer electronics brands such as Alpine, Denon and Marantz, Kenwood, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sony and Yamaha, as well as international mobile music applications for KDDI (Japan), KTF (Korea), Musiwave (Portugal), Oi (Brazil) and Sony-Ericsson. For more information about Gracenote, please refer to

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, including raw MP3 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

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

Contact Information

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