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MediaNet’s CEO Alan McGlade will be presenting at the SIAA Digital Media and Software Investment Conference

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | February 26, 2010 2:07 pm | No Comments

MediaNet’s CEO Alan McGlade will be presenting Wednesday March 3, 2010 at the SIAA Digital Media and Software Investment Conference in New York City.  For more details, go to here.

MediaNet’s General Counsel Cindy Charles will be speaking at the Digital Music Forum East

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | February 22, 2010 3:54 pm | No Comments

MediaNet’s General Counsel Cindy Charles will be speaking at the Digital Music Forum East Conference in NYC this Thursday, February 25th on a panel titled:  Rights, Royalties & Reporting in the Digital World.  (read more)

MediaNet Customer WaTunes Launches the WaTunes Marketplace

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DETROIT – February 22nd, 2010 – ( WaTunes, the revolutionary social music service announced today a new music store service dubbed: The WaTunes Marketplace. WaTunes will offer its users millions of songs to discover, purchase, and share with their friends. In conjunction with WaTunes recent Streamline technology, users will be able to make easy buying decisions, while artists who use the WaTunes distribution service will be able to sell directly to their fans from WaTunes through its already established deal with MediaNet, the industry leading business-to-business provider of premium digital media content. (read more)

Today MediaNet customers Soundtrckr and MOG received some nice press on their respective services. Check it out.

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | February 18, 2010 8:33 am | No Comments

Soundtrckr Unveils New Feature Updates at World Mobile Congress
Geosocial Music Service Now Offers Ability to Create Stations from Any Artist in Catalogue and Determine Listener Locations

San Francisco, CA and Barcelona, Spain (PRWEB) February 17, 2010 — Soundtrckr, iPhone application. Users can now create stations from any artist in the expansive soundtrckr catalogue, as well as determine the current location of their friends and listeners.

These feature enhancements to the soundtrckr service build on its ability to create personalized radio stations in any imaginable subgenre, and also optimize its location-aware social network to help users build connected communities of music fans. (read more)

MOG offers music subscription for $5 a month (USA TODAY)
Jefferson Graham, 02/17/10

BERKELEY, Calif. — David Hyman sees an opening in a market that has eluded some of the biggest names in tech, including Microsoft, RealNetworks and MTV.Hyman recently launched a music subscription service — MOG: All Access — at a time when music subscription services, once touted as the next big thing for online music, are withering. (read more)

MediaNet Web Retail Tools Come to Europe

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | February 1, 2010 12:16 pm | No Comments

Monday February 1, 2010 |

By Eamonn Forde

Digital specialist MediaNet is launching its MN Open API and web components, which enable users to turn their websites into self-contained download stores, in Europe after debuting the tools in the US last year.

MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade describes his company as offering websites a “content concierge” service. It currently powers the technology behind a range of US sites including MOG, iLike and Fox.

“One of our earliest API integrations was on iLike,” McGlade says. “It originally had a buy button that sent you to either iTunes or Amazon. What happened was that customers were sent off on the Amazon purchase path and Amazon would try and sell them headphones and other products.”

MN Open was designed to keep users within a site’s pages and thereby increase the commerce opportunities. “Most users did not like being sent off from the site they were on,” explains McGlade. “This would result in a 90% abandonment rate.”

Because the MN Open technology contains the transaction steps within the same page, users just need to input their credit card information once.

The sites themselves only need to copy and paste sections of code into their site and the technology automates the process for them, meaning there is no need to manually create links. If a site such as Fox writes an entertainment story about a particular artist, MediaNet’s web components scan the article, turning the act’s name into a clickable link automatically. This can link the user to biographies and reviews as well as letting them purchase tracks.

“The good thing for a site such as Fox is that it keeps people on their site, it keeps them active and they get more page views,” says McGlade. “The minute someone reads about something, they can link to other content and go as deep into that as they want. They never have to leave the Fox site. They never even have to leave the article.”

MediaNet’s client base includes mobile application developers and online retailers such as major supermarkets and social networks.

“The other big customer base is record labels and aggregators,” adds McGlade. “One of our major clients is EMI. In partnership with us, it is looking to enable commerce on its own artist websites.”

With sites being measured on their dwell time and page impressions, MN Open claims to improve sites’ performance significantly.

“The benefit for sites is that they can create a richer experience for their users, ensure they stay on the site longer and generate more page views,” explains McGlade. “Increased time on site and increased page views result in increased advertising. Then, if the user transacts and buys an album, they share in that as well.”

MediaNet’s business model is based around taking a cut of transactions that its technology facilitates on sites.

The MediaNet platform supports other media types beyond music and the company is preparing to launch e-books. “We have a number of clients in both the US and the UK who are interested in providing music and e-books,” says McGlade of the service’s future.

Taking the example of how the iPhone led to an explosion in third-party app developers, McGlade believes MN Open has “the potential to significantly diversify the business beyond a few online retailers. Create a platform like this and the marketplace innovates. All sorts of new products and services will come to the market.”

Blair Schooff is returning to the company to look after its European expansion. He previously worked at BMG and AOL Music as well as launching music download stores for HMV, Virgin and Tesco among others.

MediaNet Introduces MN Open in the UK

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Blair Schooff will Spearhead UK Efforts Responsible for Business Development and Digital Media Licensing

MediaNet announced today that Blair Schooff will rejoin the Company in London where he will introduce MediaNet’s MN Open API and suite of Web Components throughout Europe.  MediaNet rolled out the MN Open platform in the US in Q3 and as a result has rapidly built a network of more than 70 customers that are delivering premium digital media to their end users.

Mr. Schooff re-joins MediaNet as a music industry veteran with 15 years experience.  He has launched several digital music stores including HMV, Tesco, Virgin and Samsung.  He drove AOL music into the largest consumer music service in UK, France and Germany.  He began his music career at BMG in both the US & UK pioneering digital work in licensing, new business, and marketing.

Alan McGlade, CEO of MediaNet commented:  “The European marketplace provides a unique opportunity for MediaNet as end users are sophisticated consumers of premium digital music and media.  Blair has a proven track record with MediaNet and has excellent relationships with content providers as well as the ability to identify and negotiate successful partnerships at a rapid pace.”  Mr. McGlade also noted: “MediaNet is delivering the next generation of premium entertainment content services.  Our purpose is to reduce friction and create convenience for the consumer. Essentially we have become a ‘content concierge’ that presents the appropriate content to a consumer when they are predisposed to consuming it.”

MN Open offers a productized set of APIs and a suite of Web Components that allow quick integration of premium music content into a website, application or online retail destination. Both the APIs and Web Components include access to a real-time, online reporting portal that is available to all MediaNet customers and content partners.

With the MN Open API, customers have complete control over the user experience, functionality, e-commerce and millions of songs and music videos with all services delivered under their brand.  The API features include:

  • Integration into any website or application
  • Advanced catalog search capabilities with fuzzy matching
  • Access to a portion of or the entire catalog and customize pricing
  • Rich metadata for every song, album, and artist
  • Use of MediaNet’s e-commerce engine or integration with the customer’s existing e-commerce
  • Compatibility with any programming language
  • Ability to select and incorporate the features that are just right for a customer’s end users and business model
  • REST-based HTTP service

MediaNet’s suite of Web Components is easy to install and incorporate into a website with no coding required.  Customers copy and paste the code snippets anywhere on their page with their branding front and center. Available in three main categories: contextual matching; commerce and discovery, Web Components features include:

  • Media Matcher: Automatically matches MediaNet’s catalog against existing web content
  • Media Links: Hyperlinks references to artists, albums and songs within existing content on page
  • Relevant Media Search: Integrates into site’s existing search and returns media results alongside regular search results
  • Media Explorer: Dynamically displays music-related information with purchasable media
  • Media Charts: Charts top selling content to entice music discovery, sampling and purchases
  • Media Purchase: Fulfills purchases through an automatically configured and setup component which appears in its dedicated, secure window

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MediaNet provides premium digital media content to a network of customers through the MN Open platform.  An API and easy to install Web Components deliver a set of powerful music and media content products including streams, downloads, music search, contextual matching and other media discovery tools to engage end users while keeping them on your website or application longer to maximize revenues. MediaNet powers music and media delivery for brands of all sizes including Tesco, iLike, MOG, Fox News, Ultimate Guitar and many more.

MediaNet,, is privately-held and is headquartered in New York with an office in Seattle.

MediaNet Digital Posts Some Aggressive Streaming, Download Gains…

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Monday February 1, 2010 | Digital Music News

MediaNet Digital is the latest to post some aggressive year-over-year gains, though broader questions surround longer-term monetization. MediaNet has smartly chosen to spread its download and streaming functionality to almost every taker through APIs and portable web components, and that is perking gains. Specifically, downloads totaled 200 million in December of 2009, and on-demand streams reached 150 million. The download total represents a 124 percent year-over-year gain.

API Vs API: MusicNet Taking On 7digital For Content Retail Business

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Monday February 1, 2010 |

U.S. digital music distributor MediaNet is bringing its open API services to the UK, hiring former BMG UK new media head Blair Schooff to lead operations here.

MediaNet is a B2B vendor that provides data on seven million music tracks to digital music retailers including Tesco Digital. Last year, it launched its MN Open Web Components and MN Open API, allowing the retailers to more easily take control of displaying song files, artist data and ecommerce functionality. It’s attracted 70 customers for this.

It’s hiring Schoof to head its business development and licensing affairs in Europe. In the last 15 years, Schoof has variously run BMG’s digital operations and run AOL (NYSE: AOL) Music and MusicNet’s European ops. Most recently, he was consulting for We7, the UK digital music retailer that claims to have gathered 2.5 million monthly uniques, partly through allowing users to embed music off-site in web widgets.

MusicNet will be going head-to-head with 7digital, whose own API has won it the business to supply services like, Songbird, Winamp and Spotify with music download retail.

MediaNet’s Downloads And Streaming Soar

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Monday February 1, 2010 | Hypebot

MediaNet’s content network delivered a record 200 million music downloads and 150 million on demand plays in December, the company’s CEO Alan McGlade shared in a Thursday afternoon call. That’s a 124% increase in downloads from December 2008.

MediaNet powers music and media delivery via an API and web components to iLike, HMV, Tesco, MOG, Fox News, Ultimate Guitar, Intertech Media and a growing number of others. These sites use the company’s services including streaming, downloads, music search, contextual matching and other discovery tools to engage their users without having to send them off site.

“We see the growth coming from our partners and their users,” McGlade told Hypebot. “But we also see more extensive activity from existing users. Digital music has become a mainstream part of more people’s lives.” He sees growth continuing in 2010, “The labels are more open and new investments are being made.” Music streaming and add-on services from ISP’s will be particular areas of growth according to McGlade.

MediaNet’s 2009 Top Albums & Tracks:

Top 10 Albums 2009:

• Tim McGraw, “Southern Voice”

• James Horner, “Avatar”

• 30 Seconds to Mars, “This is War”

• Mary J. Blige, “Stronger with Each Tear”

• Eminem, “Relapse: Refill”

• Alicia Keys, “The Element of Freedom”

• Young Money, “We Are Young Money”

• Owl City, “Ocean Eyes”

• Mudvayne, “Mudvayne”

• Three Days of Grace, “Life Starts Now”

Top 10 Tracks 2009:

• Ke$ha, “Tik Tok”

• Owl Cities, “Fire Flies”

• IYAZ, “Replay”

• Ludacris, “How Low”

• Jay-Z, “Empire State of Mind”

• Jay Sean, “Down”

• Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling”

• Lady GaGa, “Bad Romance”

• Jason Derulo, “Watcha Say”

• Young Money, “Bedrock”

MediaNet Announced That Blair Schooff Will Rejoin the Company

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Monday February 1, 2010 | Hypebot

MediaNet announced that Blair Schooff will rejoin the Company in London where he will introduce MediaNet’s MN Open API and suite of Web Components throughout Europe. MediaNet rolled out the MN Open platform in the US in Q3 and as a result has rapidly built a network of more than 70 customers that are delivering premium digital media to their end users.

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