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MediaNet Unveils New Developer Tools

Posted by mnopen | August 8, 2014 12:37 pm | No Comments

MediaNet is pleased to report that we have just released four exciting new features for Developers. These utilities will help you get up and running even faster with MN Open.

When you log into our Portal, navigate to the API menu, and there are now four new items (pretty self-explanatory):

  1. API Overview and Sample Code
  2. API Visualizer
  3. Signature Generator Demo
  4. Flash Connection Tests

Learn more about MN Open API here and about MN Open Data Feeds here. Please contact ApiSupport@mndigital.com with any questions or feedback.

MediaNet CTO Jeff Wallace to Speak at Music Startup Academy Seattle

Posted by mnopen | June 11, 2014 3:14 pm | No Comments

[Update: This event has been postponed.]

The Music Biz Music Startup Academy takes place Thursday, June 19 at Microsoft headquarters in Seattle. The conference is geared toward providing educational information for prospective startups and entrepreneurs to enable success in the digital music world. MediaNet CTO Jeff Wallace is scheduled to appear at the Music Startup Academy where he will speak on Basic Technical Operations.

MediaNet CTO Jeff Wallace

MediaNet CTO Jeff Wallace

Based on his over a decade’s worth of experience in the industry, Jeff will present an, “overview of the music operations and various enterprise software systems and core procedures that any aspiring CEO or CTO must be aware of.”

Along with a focus on Technical Operations, the Seattle Music Startup Academy event will also focus on Label and Publishing Basics and Business Development. Representatives from Microsoft, Cindy Charles Consulting and Hughes Media Law Group will also appear. The keynote will be delivered by Brian Hirsh, chief music officer at Lively, the Seattle-based live concert app.

Registration for both Music Biz members and non-members is available here.

 

Help Bring MediaNet to SXSW 2014!

Posted by mnopen | August 26, 2013 10:48 am | No Comments

MediaNet has proposed a panel for the Music portion of the March 7-16 conference, and we need you to help us make it a reality. Titled “Audio Quality: Why ‘Good Enough’ Isn’t Good Enough” and featuring MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson, the panel will examine the evolution of attitudes toward digital audio from the introduction of the MP3 format, when listeners were content to trade quality for convenience, to today, when consumers are eager to buy sound-enhancing Beats headphones and new high-quality formats such as Neil Young’s Pono are bound for the marketplace. Only the top-voted panels will be considered for inclusion in the conference, and voting ends on September 6. So make sure you head over right away and make your voice heard!

To vote for the panel, click here. See you in Austin!

Univision Selects MediaNet to Power Custom Radio Stations for Its New Uforia App

Posted by mnopen | July 29, 2013 8:34 am | No Comments

It was announced today that Medianet will power the personalized portion of Uforia, the new streaming music app from Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America. For the service, MediaNet will provide the streaming fulfillment behind Uforia’s Custom Radio stations feature, offering users the ability to create personalized radio stations from a pool of more than 22 million songs, making it the largest interactive streaming music service specifically created for the Latin market.

Currently available for download on iOS, in addition to the custom radio stations, the Uforia app offers U.S. Hispanic’s most popular live radio stations, a deep selection of Latin genres, exclusive digital channels, and an unparalleled level of human curation.

“Univision has one of the largest media platforms in the world, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with them in creating the biggest streaming music service in the rapidly growing Latin genre music market,” said Frank Johnson, CEO of MediaNet. “Univision already provides an excellent listening experience, but with access to our extensive track catalog, the ‘sky’s the limit’ on the number of tracks they can access on-demand through Uforia.”

“Uforia required a complete music experience above and beyond our on-air programming, where listeners could create their own playlists from a comprehensive, well-maintained digital music library,” said Evan Harrison, executive vice president of Content and Entertainment at Univision Radio. “MediaNet has the right expertise, music content, and operational scale to support our vision, and we expect our rapid growth to continue.”

The Uforia app further expands Univision’s efforts to provide Hispanic audiences with high-quality content across all media platforms. Uforia users are able to stream approximately 60 of Univision Radio’s most popular stations from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Additionally, more than 13 exclusive digital-only channels are also available for streaming including Premios Juventud, H2O Music Festival, Dulce, Romantica, La Chula, El Sancho, Planeta Rock and more. These digital channels will feature some of the most popular classic all-time favorites as well as today’s more modern tunes.

MediaNet Celebrates Fourth Birthday of Its Internet Radio Streaming Service with Launch of DMCA-Compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool

Posted by mnopen | July 10, 2013 4:08 pm | No Comments

We are marking the fourth anniversary of MediaNet’s Internet radio streaming service by introducing our new DMCA-compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool. Powering numerous radio services in the U.S. since 2009 and Canada since 2012, MediaNet makes it even easier for music services to offer the increasingly popular feature of non-interactive streaming to consumers while helping its partners ensure the delivery is in compliance with U.S. copyright laws.

“Our customers want to focus on their differentiation – what makes their playlists and experience the best – and not on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of tracking how many songs from the same artist play in an hour,” said MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson. “With the new DMCA-compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool, MediaNet customers have one less big coding task to perform. Integration and development have been made easier and easier since the launch of our online radio product in 2009, and we have many more great services lined up.”

The Playlist Generator function creates playlists based on artist seeds that are input by the user, expanded with artists and tracks that are deemed similar to the seed(s) by the MediaNet Recommendation Engine. For more obscure artists where fewer or no recommendations or related/similar data exists, the tool falls back to the seed artist’s (primary) genre.

The Playlist Validator function takes in a partner playlist that was created either by hand or with the partner’s own algorithm, checks it against the set of DMCA rules (e.g., “No more than three songs in three hours from same album”), and provides detailed feedback for each violation including which of the DMCA rules was tripped. If a list does not properly account for the Six Skips per Hour limit, the user can opt to have the Validator fix this by invoking the Generator function. Likewise, the tool also offers to fix lists that have violations.

A few of the many radio services currently powered by MediaNet include:

Songza

Soundtracker

Fanlala

Raditaz

Playground.fm

Myxer

BYO Networks

Radio 360

Hi.fi

marking the fourth anniversary of its Internet radio streaming service by introducing its new DMCA-compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool. Powering numerous radio services in the U.S. since 2009 and Canada since 2012, MediaNet makes it even easier for music services to offer the increasingly popular feature of non-interactive streaming to consumers while helping its partners ensure the delivery is in compliance with U.S. copyright laws.
“Our customers want to focus on their differentiation – what makes their playlists and experience the best – and not on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of tracking how many songs from the same artist play in an hour,” said MediaNet CEO Frank Johnson. “With the new DMCA-compliant Playlist Generator and Validator Tool, MediaNet customers have one less big coding task to perform. Integration and development have been made easier and easier since the launch of our online radio product in 2009, and we have many more great services lined up.”
The Playlist Generator function creates playlists based on artist seeds that are input by the user, expanded with artists and tracks that are deemed similar to the seed(s) by the MediaNet Recommendation Engine. For more obscure artists where fewer or no recommendations or related/similar data exists, the tool falls back to the seed artist’s (primary) genre.

Got Metadata at Music Biz 2013? We Do!

Posted by mnopen | May 7, 2013 3:01 pm | No Comments

At NARM/digitalmusic.org‘s Music Biz 2013 event, MediaNet’s Larry Miller participated in  “Building Efficiency & Transparency In Royalty Reporting” panel, which included the other panelists Matt DeFilippis of ASCAP, Daniel Susla of TouchTunes, Les Watkins of Music Reports Inc., and Rob Weitzner of Consolidated Independent.

To top off this discussion during the Metadata Summit portion of the event, we surprised NARM/digitalmusic.org VP Bill Wilson, the panel and audience with a slew of snazzy “Got Metadata?” shirts featuring the face of Wilson – the King of Metadata – himself.

Larry and Frank will be here at Music Biz 2013 for the remainder of the week – say hi if you’re here!

Bill Wilson show off his MediaNet -Got Metadata- shirt

Songza wins Webby Award

Posted by mnopen | May 1, 2013 4:19 pm | No Comments

Yesterday, winners of the 17th Annual Webby Awards were announced and our client Songza took home the trophy in the Mobile Apps Music category. Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Frank Ocean was named Webby Person of the Year and electronic recording artist Grimes was named Webby Artist of the Year. Head over to Editor’s Mix for a rundown of other Webby Award winners from the music industry.

Frank Johnson reports back from Music Industry Toolbox 3.0

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | March 29, 2013 10:16 am | No Comments

We had  a great time at the AIMP and CCC “Music Industry Toolbox 3.0″ event in Los Angeles on Wed. We met some great folks from AdRev and SoundMiner. It was interesting to hear the discussions about some great new monetization solutions for composers and publishers as well as discovery tools for production music.

MediaNet’s Larry Miller to Speak on Music Licensing in Nashville

Posted by mnopen | March 25, 2013 12:45 pm | No Comments

Our Executive Vice President and General Manager Larry Miller will be speaking at Belmont University in Nashville as part of NARM and digitalmusic.org’s Music Startup Academy and Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Friday, April 5. Along with YiPing Ho of the Warner Music Group, Larry will present “Music Industry Content Acquisition and Business Development” at 10am CT. For more information and to register to attend, click here.

Frank Johnson gets interviewed by DMT at SXSW

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | March 15, 2013 1:54 pm | No Comments

View Andrea Leonelli’s interview of Frank at SXSW.

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