SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

November 29, 2006 07:00 ET

Speakerheart Platform Empowers Independent Artists to Publish, Promote and Sell Their Music

Speakerheart Offers Independent Artists Control Over Their Music

FRANKLIN, TN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- Speakerheart™, a division of PassAlong Networks™, today announced plans to unveil a new service that will enable independent artists to promote and sell their music online. Speakerheart, which will launch in early 2007, allows artists to create custom stores online and promote their music on social networking sites. Artists can easily manage their online presence across the entire web through this unified service.

"Speakerheart is truly revolutionary considering the amount of control it offers independent artists and bands," said Jozef Nuyens, Speakerheart chairman and co-founder of PassAlong Networks. "Independent musicians now have the ability to manage and market themselves internationally. For the first time ever, these artists have a legitimate opportunity to break into the industry on their own terms."

"The increase in digital music sales over the past few years coupled with the rise in popularity of independent artists, bands and songwriters has created an incredible market opportunity for a service like Speakerheart," said Ben Bajarin, analyst at Creative Strategies.

Speakerheart features an intuitive self-uploading toolset, which allows artists to upload their own music, create customized track samples and ringtones, set their own prices and sell it all side-by-side in custom storefronts. Additionally, artists may access sales reports in real time and receive monthly payments for their sales through the simplicity and security of PayPal.

"Indie artists can always benefit from the empowerment that Speakerheart provides," said Josh Doyle, former lead singer of the Dum Dums and current indie artist. "I wish this type of service was available when I started out."

Interested artists, bands, managers and labels can visit Speakerheart.com to take advantage of a limited time offer to reserve a free year of service and receive notification when the site launches in early 2007.

About Speakerheart

Speakerheart is a digital media service that enables independent artists to upload their albums and tracks, convert their songs to ringtones, set their prices and sell it all side-by-side in custom storefronts. Artists can then take the Speaker (preview function) and Heart (bookmark function) with them across the Web via promotional tools called Shelves to let music fans window-shop wherever Flash® is appropriate attire. Meanwhile, music lovers can do some nifty "hearting" themselves with the media that speak to them and smartly take it with them in Shelves of their own. The friends they have at social networking sites are now better connected and versed to what moves them individually while artists are able to multiply their exposure through an authentic, built-in, organic sales force. Speakerheart, an independent division of PassAlong Networks, operates its modest world headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit http://www.Speakerheart.com.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks is a developer of digital media innovations 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 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, Passing-and-Points and Speakerheart are trademarks of PassAlong Networks.

Contact Information

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