SOURCE: W3i, LLC

W3i, LLC

June 05, 2009 12:51 ET

W3i Launches Integrated Media Platform, Music Licensing Powered by RightsFlow

Online Media Player Provides Monetization and Marketing Opportunities for Artists and Record Labels

ST. CLOUD, MN--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - W3i, a provider of marketing solutions that increase revenue, distribution and engagement for Windows applications and plug-ins, and RightsFlow, a provider of music licensing and royalty services, announced today the creation of an integrated music marketing platform designed to help artists and labels monetize free music downloads through media support.

"W3i has developed solutions to enable the distribution of free content for over nine years," comments Robert Weber, Vice President of Business Development at W3i. "Our proprietary technology, Install IQ, and W3i's Download Network can help downloadable content providers increase their revenue as well as ensure speed-to-market while utilizing minimal artist resources."

As traditional music business models continue to change, artists and labels are looking for innovative sources of revenue in the digital space. "We are very excited to offer record labels and artists access to the W3i Media Player," stated Alex Holz, Director of Client Relations for RightsFlow. "This system helps artists and labels reach music lovers searching for free music, while still generating revenue from their recordings."

The media-supported initiative involves reaching fans searching for free music and offering DRM-free downloads of unreleased and difficult-to-find digital tracks. The initial rollout features 100 tracks across Rock, Pop, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Latin, Alternative, and Country music genres, including artists such as Say When, Carey Ott, Michael Olatuja, and Drunken Barn Dance.

"We are pleased to work with W3i and RightsFlow on this exciting program," said Gary Taylor, manager of Carey Ott and co-manager of The New Congress. "Finding creative ways to market and monetize music is especially important for D.I.Y. artists, and earning revenue while rewarding fans with free music is an unmatched deal."

Install IQ was the first installation system certified in the TRUSTe Trusted Download program, and users have demonstrated high satisfaction in online surveys.

About W3i:

W3i increases revenue, distribution and engagement for Windows applications and plug-ins. W3i uses a network approach combining the demand for free and trial downloads monetized by the distribution of useful downloads when the consumer is in the download mindset. W3i's Download Network uses Install IQ, W3i's proprietary Windows installer, the first installer to be certified in the TRUSTe Trusted Download Program. Tested and optimized on over 250 million installs -- currently 7.1 million installs monthly and growing, W3i will prove to be a valued distribution partner in growing your application business. To learn more, visit W3i's Application Network.

About RightsFlow:

RightsFlow offers Mechanical Licensing & Royalty Solutions for labels, distributors, and online music services. We specialize in obtaining bulk mechanical, DPD, and ringtone licenses including streaming, tethered, and limited downloads rights. Our proprietary "FLOW" system allows us to license, account, and pay royalties directly to the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and the thousands of publishers not represented by HFA. Today, RightsFlow services over 1,500 labels for mechanical and DPD licensing. Some of the many clients we service include marquee companies such as imeem, E1 Entertainment, Muzak, EMI Music, Active International, Tapulous, CD Baby, IODA, Audible Magic, YouLicense, Constellation Wines (Blackstone), X5 Music Group, Zebralution and Disc Makers, among others. For more information on RightsFlow's services and management team, visit www.rightsflow.com.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact for W3i
    Deborah Manthei
    +1.320.257.7571
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    Media Contact for RightsFlow:
    Gideon Kalischer
    +1-212-937-6955
    Email Contact