SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

October 19, 2007 10:33 ET

PassAlong Networks Launches OnTour Co-Branded Widgets

Nettwerk Music Group Artists Featured in Phase One Launch

FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwire - October 19, 2007) - Music distribution developer PassAlong Networks™ today launched a series of co-branded OnTour® widgets featuring several prominent Nettwerk Music artists including Barenaked Ladies, Jars of Clay and Leigh Nash, among others. Fans can copy, customize and paste these widgets onto their profile pages on social networking sites like MySpace™ and Friendster, as well as blogs, homepages and personal websites.

"The OnTour co-brands are a unique way for fans to promote their favorite artists across the Internet on different websites," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "We will continue to add new features and elements to this product to make it the best live music widget available."

The co-branded widgets will be featured on the artists' websites and profiles and will load their tour information, discography with MP3 sample player and RSS news items. The widgets can further be used as live and recorded music search engines. Users can enter their own city and discover when artists are coming into town. The widget includes an MP3 sample player that enables users to discover new music, it allows easy sharing of events and music via Facebook and it provides links to ticket information and online music stores.

Other Nettwerk artists featured on the OnTour custom Web widgets include Adrienne Pierce, Datarock, Erin McKeown, Ferraby Lionheart, Kinky, Maria Taylor, Rosie Thomas and Stereophonics. Additional artist co-brands are in development.

"The OnTour co-brand widgets are a great way for fans to show support for their favorite Nettwerk artists," said Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. "OnTour continues to develop into an amazing tool for music fans."

OnTour is an award-winning service which ensures fans "Never Miss a Concert Again!®" by matching fans' favorite artists with a concert database through a series of products and the website, where more extensive concert information is available including venue maps, artist information and ticket purchasing links. The co-brand versions are flash-based Web widgets created using Adobe® Flex™ 2.0. OnTour 4.0 recently upgraded its product suite to include widgets and gadgets for Apple Macintosh desktops, Microsoft Windows Vista and iGoogle. OnTour first launched its popular Mac Widget in 2006 and is now expanding into international markets.

About OnTour®

OnTour is a free application that retrieves customized concert information based on a user's geographic location and the artists already in his or her digital music library. OnTour is directly integrated with major ticket vendor services and online music stores so consumers know when tickets go on sale and can click to purchase from both the OnTour application and the website. OnTour also includes an online ad campaign management tool that allows agents, managers, artists and promoters to bring attention to events, promote new albums and highlight other online promotions.

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; and independent artist self-publishing and promotion through its subsidiary Key partners include Gracenote, Cinema Now and Digonex. Current initiatives include advertising premium incentive programs, ad-supported revenue models, variable-pricing programs, 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

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 Marlow
    PassAlong Networks
    B: 615.425.5864

    Skip Franklin
    PassAlong Networks
    B: 615.425.5999

    Jeff Fox
    The Blueshirt Group, for PassAlong Networks
    B: 415.828.8298