SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

September 17, 2007 11:00 ET

PassAlong Networks Launches MP3-Only Store With PromoCard Services in Time for Holiday Music Download Gift Cards

Music Download Interoperability to Be the Gift of This Holiday Season

FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - PassAlong Networks and PromoCard Services have launched an MP3-only online store to make download gift cards and music incentive programs more accessible and easier to use for a broader universe of consumers. The MP3-only download store (http://MP3.BallyhooMusic.com) will feature 2.1 million songs from independent labels and from EMI, making it the largest legal MP3 catalog that includes songs from a major label.

Utilizing PassAlong Networks' StoreBlocks™ music distribution platform, which supports Safari, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox browsers, the MP3 tracks available at the site work with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Consumers of digital music widely prefer the MP3 format because of its interoperability and ease of use.

Music download cards and gift cards can be offered at retail counters, included inside product packaging or distributed at concerts and other events. The promotions are PIN-based (personal identification numbers) and can be used in virtual promotions where PINs are sent out via email or printed on transaction receipts. Consumers can then visit a branded web page to redeem their gift cards.

"Gift cards and incentive programs have the most marketing value when they reach as broad an audience as possible with an engaging and easy-to-use experience for consumers," said Dave Jaworski, CEO of PassAlong Networks. "Music downloads offer great potential as incentive marketing tools, but interoperability across multiple platforms is essential for these programs to succeed."

Lifestyle brands and retailers are increasingly using music downloads as part of their incentive marketing programs for consumers. Labels and artist managers are using download cards to promote artists and to offer fans special content at events. Charities are also collaborating with artists and brands to allow fans to support causes that they care about. For more information, contact PromoCard Services or PassAlong Networks.

About PromoCard Services

For over 12 years, PromoCard Services has been creating innovative and cutting edge digital media promotions for its clients. A recognized industry leader, the company has produced award-winning campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, schools and non-profit organizations featuring a broad range of stored value cards -- music, ring tone, movie and photo print cards -- delivered using proprietary technology platforms. With over 7,000 promotions to its credit, PromoCard Services has earned the admiration of clients and the respect of competitors. To date, PromoCard Services has received over 30 industry Awards for Excellence. To learn more, visit www.promocardservices.com.

About StoreBlocks™

A full-service music distribution platform, StoreBlocks offers online retail store-building tools to enable clients to provide their end-consumers with a library of 3 million licensed songs, including 2.1 million in raw MP3 format, allowing for interoperability across multiple platforms and devices. Its powerful music referral system, Passing-and-Points™, offers easy-to-use rewards programs and legal music sharing. StoreBlocks, which offers a range of store options for everyone from individuals and charities to large corporations, currently powers more than 120 stores including BreakthruRadio, Trans World's f.y.e. - for your entertainment online music store and Procter & Gamble's Julie's Jukebox, a digital music store on HomeMadeSimple.com. Features include turnkey templates, Web services, reporting systems, e-commerce engines and storefront showcases. StoreBlocks is a division of PassAlong Networks and can be found at http://www.StoreBlocks.com.

About PassAlong Networks™

PassAlong Networks develops digital media innovations and services designed to enhance the Connected Consumer™ ecosystem while empowering artists and fans. PassAlong's core technologies include: media libraries, digital media store-building platforms and Web services through the StoreBlocks™ division; consumer-direct media displays, widgets and notification services through the OnTour® division; non-DRM protection technologies and media tracking through the FreedomMP3™ division. Key partners include Gracenote, Cinema Now, and Digonex. Current initiatives include advertising premium incentive programs, ad-supported revenue models, variable-pricing programs and in-car music downloads, mobile devices, media place-shifting and device-shifting, digital video libraries and social networks. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is privately held and based in Franklin, Tennessee. For more information, visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com.

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

All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • PR Contacts:
    Lindsay Cleveland
    Skip Franklin
    PassAlong Networks
    615.425.5999

    Jeff Fox
    The Blueshirt Group, for PassAlong Networks
    415.828-8298

    Paul Sorota
    President, PromoCard Services
    Email Contact
    305.695.2662