SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

February 16, 2007 00:01 ET

PassAlong Networks Goes MP3; Offers Two Million iPod-Compatible Songs in MP3 Format

Indie Catalog to Launch in Next 30 Days

FRANKLIN, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 16, 2007 -- PassAlong Networks™, developer of digital media services and innovations, is offering its entire independent music catalog in MP3 format to its current network of digital music stores and to anyone seeking to launch a new store. The new MP3 catalog includes two million songs and features iconic artists like James Brown, Frank Sinatra and current chart-toppers like Green Day, Barenaked Ladies and Avril Lavigne, along with breaking bands like The Hold Steady. The catalog is scheduled to go live in 30 days.

"The movement towards MP3s is gaining speed," said Tim Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies. "Consumers want ease-of-use and interoperability across their digital media ecosystems at home and on the road. There really is no other solution to the upcoming digital media explosion."

"We are proud to take a leadership position alongside PassAlong Networks and other forward-thinking independent labels and distributors in sending a clear message that customers deserve choice and compatibility," said Greg Scholl, president and CEO of The Orchard, the world's largest and leading digital distributor and a key PassAlong partner.

PassAlong Networks is currently the only company in the world to offer two million raw MP3 files from independent artists for sale alongside the entire catalog of songs from the major labels, which remain protected in the WMA format. PassAlong's transition to MP3s enables all of its B2B clients to immediately sell two million independent songs in MP3 format, thereby opening up the marketplace for innovation, creativity and increased sales. All of PassAlong's StoreBlocks™ stores, including Procter & Gamble's HomeMadeSimple.com, will immediately offer the MP3 catalog when the switch to MP3s is made next month. Additionally, all new companies partnering with PassAlong will have immediate access to this catalog of two million iPod compatible MP3 song files.

"We have heard the consumer ask for interoperability, so we are offering our two million song independent catalog to our business customers as MP3s," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "Consumers have waited long enough for the opportunity to buy songs from multiple services that will play everywhere -- on iPods, cell phones and their PCs. In addition to the launch of the indie catalog, we are inviting the major labels to test our proprietary freedomMP3™ technology, which will allow them to make their catalogs available in MP3 format with a reasonable amount of rights management."

FreedomMP3 is a technology that acts as a bridge between the current DRM dilemma and raw MP3s; it allows music files to exist in a DRM-free MP3 format. FreedomMP3's patent-pending technology establishes rules-based systems that allow consumers to conveniently transfer music to any of their PCs and play songs on portable digital music players, including iPods and MP3-enabled cell phones. FreedomMP3 accomplishes this without the use of restrictive DRM technologies and enables new models including advertising-supported payment for artists.

"Apple's Steve Jobs' open letter to the industry cited three alternatives for DRM. We see freedomMP3 as a logical fourth option for the industry to consider," said Jaworski.

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 http://www.passalongnetworks.com.

OnTour, StoreBlocks, freedomMP3, PassAlong, Connected Consumer, Passing-and-Points and Speakerheart are trademarks of PassAlong Networks. Home Made Simple is a trademark of Procter & Gamble. All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

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    Skip Franklin
    PassAlong Networks
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