SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

May 24, 2007 10:41 ET

PassAlong Networks and Orb Networks Partner to Provide the Most Comprehensive End-to-End Digital Music Service

More Music in More Places on More Devices for Connected Consumers

FRANKLIN, TN and EMERYVILLE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 24, 2007 -- The freedom to discover and download music anytime, wherever you happen to be, and on the device of your choice is closer to becoming a reality. PassAlong Networks™, developer of digital media innovations, today announced a combined service with Orb Networks to provide an expanded digital media ecosystem for consumers. The service will include the ability to play PassAlong's independent catalog of 2 million raw MP3s across multiple devices and formats anywhere and at any time.

"The consumer experience extends across platforms and devices," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "Our Connected Consumer™ initiative is designed to empower consumers to experience media wherever they want -- in their cars, on TVs, on vacation or on a computer other than where their digital media resides. Orb Networks has technology that enables us to achieve this vision."

PassAlong will use Orb's technology to provide consumers with access to their complete digital media collection, including music, videos and photos so consumers can access their content anytime and anywhere. Consumers can then better manage their experience, including discovering, downloading and enjoying new artists from anywhere.

"PassAlong Networks' pioneering suite of music discovery and commerce services is a perfect complement to Orb's industry-leading playback capabilities," said Ian McCarthy, Vice President of Music Product Marketing at Orb Networks.

With the free Orb software installed on an always-connected Windows PC, users can now instantly enjoy the music they've purchased wherever they want it: on their living room TV hooked up to a Wii, PS3 or Xbox360, on one of more than 150 million mobile phones and PSPs, and on remote Mac and Windows PCs anywhere. No additional software installation is required on these playback devices.

"We've seen the significance of time-shifting with TiVo and with other DVR devices," said analyst Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies. "The next step in completing the digital media ecosystem will be place-shifting and device-shifting; this is true consumer empowerment. Consumers shouldn't care on which computer or device their content actually resides, they simply should be able to access it anytime, anywhere. Their experience has to be seamless."

PassAlong intends to add its other products and services to the joint platform -- OnTour®, Speakerheart™, freedomMP3™ and additional Connected Consumer initiatives including in-car music downloading and WiFi-enabled devices.

About Orb Networks, Inc.

Orb Networks is an award-winning developer of software and services that unlock the digital media stored on personal computers. Orb MyCasting gives consumers secure, free, instant, and everywhere-access to everything from their photos and video to TV and music on virtually any Web-enabled device. The company's partners and affiliates include: AOL Winamp, AMD, Creative Labs, Hauppauge, Hutchison, Nokia, Orange and Vodafone. Orb Networks is a privately held company in Emeryville, Calif. For more information about Orb Networks and the Orb MyCasting service, please visit www.orb.com. Orb and MyCasting are trademarks of Orb Networks, Inc.

About Connected Consumer

PassAlong's Connected Consumer Division is developing unique new ways to use PassAlong's digital media delivery platform to integrate intuitive content discovery and content delivery features into consumer electronics. Connected Consumer technology leverages today's Internet media formats by enabling an easily deployable model for content distribution directly to devices without connection to a PC.

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 nearly 3 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.

All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • PassAlong PR Contacts:
    Lindsay Cleveland
    B: 615.425.5864

    Skip Franklin
    PassAlong Networks
    B: 615.425.5999

    Jeff Fox
    The Blueshirt Group, for PassAlong Networks
    B: 415.828-8298
    Email Contact

    ORB Media Contacts:
    Ann Willey
    Orb Networks
    513-608-0829
    Email Contact

    Liana Miller
    eLuminatePR for Orb
    949-276-8920
    Email Contact