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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.

SXSW – Learn “How to Build a Profitable Music App (Legally)” with MediaNet’s Frank Johnson

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | March 12, 2013 11:47 am | No Comments

Learn from MediaNet’s CEO Frank Johnson “How to Build a Profitable Music App (Legally)” at SXSW Wednesday, March 13 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Schedule and lineup: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_MP990632

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MediaNet Introduces Complete Copyright Administration, Licensing and Reporting Services for Record Labels, Music Services, Brands and CE Companies

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | January 24, 2013 11:02 am | No Comments

First B2B music technology provider to offer 360° rights administration

January 24, 2013 – MediaNet, a leading digital music catalog, metadata and ecommerce technology provider for music services around the world, is expanding its administration services offerings beyond its current master rights management and catalog fulfillment to cover the complete spectrum of rights. MediaNet currently offers global master fulfillment and administration for a catalog of more than 25 million tracks, to operators of streaming services, apps and download stores.  This new offering  enables MediaNet to take over the rights administration, reporting, and payment processes related to mechanical and performance licensing, so its music service and record label clients are properly licensed, and remain up to date with the reporting and payment terms of those licenses.  MediaNet will be the first white label music service provider to offer comprehensive, scalable master and publishing rights administration.

“By expanding our administration services, MediaNet will become the only company offering a complete rights and administration package for digital music service clients,” said Frank Johnson, CEO of MediaNet. “We look forward to working with publishers, PRO’s, record companies and digital service providers to create a solution that is beneficial for everyone in the music ecosystem.”

“MediaNet pioneered content management for digital music, and over the past decade, has developed one of the most sophisticated rights administration infrastructures in the industry,” said Larry Miller, Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet. “Now, by offering both master-side and publishing rights administration services, we can  remove cost and friction for any company that wants to offer digital music services, allowing them to focus on creating, releasing and scaling brilliant products and services rather than allocating in-house resources to copyright administration.”Miller will be speaking on rights administration and related issues as the business keynote at the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) meeting at Midem on Sunday, January 27, at 11 a.m. in Conference Level 01 at the Palais des Festivals.

About MediaNet

Launched in 2001 by the music industry as one of the first online music services, MediaNet (www.mndigital.com) maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 25 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more through its API and comprehensive set of music commerce applications. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services and record labels as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.

Twitter: @MNdigital

– Learn about the MN Open API here: http://www.mndigital.com/integration/openapi.html

Contact:
Laurie Jakobsen
Jaybird Communications
646-484-6764
laurie@jaybirdcom.com

MediaNet welcomes Larry Miller to the team

Posted by mnopen | October 19, 2012 10:33 am | No Comments

From Business Wire
Larry Miller Named Executive Vice President and General Manager for B2B Digital Music Service MediaNet

Seattle & New York — October 19, 2012 — Longtime music executive Larry Miller has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager for MediaNet by CEO Frank Johnson. Miller is responsible for new service innovation in music and media rights management, partner acquisition, and revenue growth for the company, the largest B2B provider of global, licensed digital music and related data to streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores, and more. Miller has over 25 years of music industry experience; most recently he was acting as an advisor to MakeMusic, developers of Finale music notation software as head of content strategy and advanced technology.

“Larry brings an incredible depth of experience to MediaNet, having been involved in some of the earliest experiments with the digital distribution of music at a2bMusic and Reciprocal, to running the extremely successful indie label and music publisher, Or Music, as well as his extensive consulting work,” said Johnson. “Larry is one of the most well-regarded executives in the industry, and I look forward to working with him closely as we continue to expand MediaNet’s position as the leading B2B supplier of global digital music rights.”

“It is amazing to think that back in 1999, a2b music showcased about 5 songs that could be downloaded. Now MediaNet offers over 25 million tracks worldwide, and can handle everything from licensing, metadata, and royalty payments, to customer transaction processing and subscription information,” said Miller. “I’m excited to join with Frank and his team at MediaNet in finding ways to offer even more services to its current clients while expanding its global business.”

A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia Business School, Miller (photo here) got his start in the radio industry, serving as the first Production Manager for Z-100 in New York, which became one of the most successful radio startups ever when it reached #1 in the country’s most competitive markets within 72 days of signing on. He then moved up the ranks at NBC Radio Entertainment in various senior advertising sales and affiliate relations positions before moving into television at Tribune Broadcasting in 1990 as Creative Director. In 1995, he joined AT&T Labs Research, and while there co-founded a2b music, one of the first digital download service providers, and served as its Chief Operating Officer. In 1999, Miller spearheaded the spinout of a2b music to Reciprocal, which he then joined as President. In 2001, Miller engineered Reciprocal’s sale to Microsoft.

In 2002, Miller co-founded record label and music publisher, Or Music, and led the company as its CEO. During his time there, the company signed and developed a strong slate of multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning artists that included Los Lonely Boys and Matisyahu. In 2006, he sold the company to SonyBMG and became Media & Entertainment Partner at LEK Consulting, a $250 million data-driven global strategy consulting firm. There, he established the firm’s New York-based practice and provided growth strategy and M&A/transaction advice to clients in the media, entertainment, and technology industries.

Now, in addition to his position at MediaNet, Miller is also an Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the NYU-Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts and previously served as a mentor in the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School. Miller resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

About MediaNet

Launched in 2001 as one of the first online music services, MediaNet (www.mndigital.com) maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 25 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.

Twitter: @MNdigital

Links

– Learn about the MN Open API here: http://www.mndigital.com/integration/openapi.html

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MediaNet Facilitates Songza’s Canadian Expansion

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | August 7, 2012 12:00 am | No Comments

Provides Music Catalog To Power Popular ‘Music Concierge’ Service
New York, NY — August 7, 2012 — MediaNet, the leading turnkey platform for building digital music businesses, announced today that it is the catalog and streaming partner for Songza’s music streaming service expansion into Canada. MediaNet has been providing Songza’s music catalog and streaming in the USA since the app’s inception.
Songza’s free Canadian ‘music concierge’ service streams consumers expertly-curated playlists that are suited to the activity they are doing and the device they are carrying. MediaNet provides Songza with a catalog of tracks from all the major labels and thousands of indie labels, as well as provides Songza with the back-end streaming technology to deliver music tracks to consumers’ iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android devices, Kindles, Sonos devices and computer desktops.
“Songza serves the right music at the right time to make our users’ everyday moments better” said Elias Roman, CEO of Songza. “Thanks to MediaNet’s massive music catalog and breadth of metadata, streaming formats, and reporting support, we can be totally focused on giving our users the ideal music listening experience.”
Frank Johnson, MediaNet’s CEO, said, “Songza is one of the most exciting new streaming music services to hit the scene, and we’re proud that our technology is part of it. We created a Canadian-centered radio music catalog for Songza so that we can manage the unique rights and reporting requirements for that country. And our ability to support Songza’s playlists and radio streaming format is also a core capability of MediaNet’s platform.”
MediaNet (www.mndigital.com) maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 22 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.
Links
– View MediaNet’s catalog of music tracks: http://www.mndigital.com/catalog/

Provides Music Catalog To Power Popular ‘Music Concierge’ Service

New York, NY — August 7, 2012 — MediaNet, the leading turnkey platform for building digital music businesses, announced today that it is the catalog and streaming partner for Songza’s music streaming service expansion into Canada. MediaNet has been providing Songza’s music catalog and streaming in the USA since the app’s inception.

Songza’s free Canadian ‘music concierge’ service streams consumers expertly-curated playlists that are suited to the activity they are doing and the device they are carrying. MediaNet provides Songza with a catalog of tracks from all the major labels and thousands of indie labels, as well as provides Songza with the back-end streaming technology to deliver music tracks to consumers’ iPhones, iPods, iPads, Android devices, Kindles, Sonos devices and computer desktops.

“Songza serves the right music at the right time to make our users’ everyday moments better” said Elias Roman, CEO of Songza. “Thanks to MediaNet’s massive music catalog and breadth of metadata, streaming formats, and reporting support, we can be totally focused on giving our users the ideal music listening experience.”

Frank Johnson, MediaNet’s CEO, said, “Songza is one of the most exciting new streaming music services to hit the scene, and we’re proud that our technology is part of it. We created a Canadian-centered radio music catalog for Songza so that we can manage the unique rights and reporting requirements for that country. And our ability to support Songza’s playlists and radio streaming format is also a core capability of MediaNet’s platform.”

MediaNet (www.mndigital.com) maintains the largest B2B rights-managed catalog of digital music in the world, with more than 22 million tracks available to power streaming music apps, subscription services, download stores and more. MediaNet offers customized solutions for global music services as well as turnkey solutions for small companies looking to launch their business quickly and cost effectively.

Links

– View MediaNet’s catalog of music tracks: http://www.mndigital.com/catalog/

MediaNet Catalog Surpasses 22 Million Songs

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | July 11, 2012 9:09 pm | No Comments

When we woke up this morning we discovered that MediaNet had passed another milestone: our music catalog just surpassed 22 million songs.

That makes MediaNet the biggest B2B rights-managed collection of music tracks in the industry! And we’re adding more than 100,000 new tracks (plus the album art and meta information) to the catalog every week.

How did we get so big? MediaNet has relationships with all of the major record labels, all of the distributors and aggregators, plus 80,000+ independent labels around the world. And we manage all of the licensing rights for these tracks in USA and multiple international territories. We manage the subscriptions and payments and downloads too.

Being the biggest catalog and the best technology is all fine and good, but what this all means for our customers –- which include the hottest new music steaming apps and subscription services and download stores – is that they can focus on creating great digital music experiences while we focus on the technology infrastructure and content to make it all work.

– View MediaNet’s catalog of music tracks here: http://www.mndigital.com/catalog/

– Get the latest Music Trending Analytics here: http://www.mndigital.com/content-experience/trending.aspx

– Learn about our developer-friendly MN Open API here:  http://www.mndigital.com/integration/openapi.html

MediaNet continues to build on its successful Mobile platform

Posted by MediaNet Product Team | May 7, 2012 11:02 am | No Comments

For music services, 2011 proved to be the year of streaming, radio and mobile. We are now seeing signs that 2012 is continuing that trend and we are continuing to enhance our platform to make sure our partners have everything they need to create world-class music experiences.

MediaNet added over 20 partners last year who are offering a mobile version of their service. We also saw tremendous increases in streaming volume with the successes of MOG, songza and Turntable.fm . Overall we saw an increase of over 70% in streams to over ¾ billion streams in 2012.

“Our platform has provided significant advantages for our mobile streaming partners over the years as opposed to other DSPs just entering the streaming space” says Frank Johnson, MediaNet CEO. “Our experience in the last decade with cloud services as well as the availability of streaming optimized formats like AAC+ across multiple bit rates, continues to be a strength”.

We are continuing our push to keep our platform the best choice in streaming with the addition of a 48kbps AAC+ encoding of our catalog that provides a great low-bandwidth alternative while maintaining good audio quality.

Currently offered streaming encoding formats and bitrates:

Format Bitrate
MP3 128, 256, 320 kbps
AAC+ 48, 64 kbps

Another way we make our partners successful is by ensuring a smoother, more responsive end user experience; all of these encodings are free of album art, which otherwise slows down play start time.

We anticipate another year of innovation in the digital music space and look forward to share our expertise with many great new services.

More about our streaming and radio services can be found on our Content Fulfillment page.

New in Australia…

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | April 17, 2012 12:08 pm | No Comments

We are excited to see this happen! MOG and Telstra’s announcement makes great use of our Australian Catalog. We have been busy setting up and maintaining all the infrastructure of this catalog and rights for the Australian territory. Australians are about to get a great service. Telstra’s customers get an even sweeter deal.

We are forging a presence in a great market which shows a lot of promise. Australia has not had such a quality streaming service as MOG, yet has had a booming music industry in the last few years. We are thrilled to be there.


Read the Press Release from MOG:

MOG Expands Service to Australia and Strikes Exclusive Partnership with Telstra
Music Fans Will Enjoy Unlimited, Unmetered Streaming, and One-Click Downloading of Songs, Albums and Playlists for the Ultimate Listening Experience.

BERKELEY, Calif., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — MOG, the award- winning on-demand subscription music service and Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, today announced an exclusive partnership, and MOG’s first international deal, that will give Australians access to MOG’s vast catalog of music, making it the easiest way to instantly access ad-free, on-demand music from virtually anywhere.

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News article from Music Void:

Exclusive: MOG Teams Up With Telstra To Launch In Australia

Rdio was the first international music streaming service to launch in Australia late 2011 and rumours of a Spotify launch have abounded for almost a year. Looks like MOG beat Spotify to the launch stakes and with Australia’s best Telco to boot. This is most definitely a major strike for MOG and its team as it is also for Telstra. Although this is just an announcement of the partnership between Telstra and MOG, TMV have been informed they are not very far of launching.

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Frank Johnson Joins MediaNet as CEO

Posted by MediaNet Public Relations | December 9, 2011 2:44 pm | No Comments

We are very excited about the addition of Frank to our team. Frank replaces interim CEO Stephen Barraclough. He brings great energy, experience and success in the digital content and entertainment data industry.

Read Frank’s Bio in the MediaNet Management Team page.

MediaNet offers a growing roster of premium services to enhance digital media sites and applications

Posted by MediaNet Product Team | October 4, 2010 4:24 pm | No Comments

Recently MediaNet announced the launch of its new full- featured Recommendation Engine that allows MediaNet affiliates to delivers highly-relevant, real-time music recommendations for any website or application. The Recommendation Engine was the latest addition to a growing roster of MediaNet premium services. These also include:

• The MediaNet Content Guide which is easily accessed through the MediaNet API to add artist and author bios and along with album and book descriptions.
• A catalog XML Feed with daily updates to get a complete snapshot of the entire MediaNet catalog and import it into our affiliate’s own database.
• A Custom Commerce solution that allows affiliates to integrate our service into their own purchase path and commerce systems. Our affiliate maintains a positive balance and can transact through the API. We provide full reporting through this portal.
• Multi-territory Support to access catalogs for all territories supported by the MediaNet platform (currently US, UK, Canada).
• Client Applications for the API including a Download Manager and Flash media player.
• A Contextual Matching Engine that can automatically find references to our catalog’s artists, albums and songs within your existing content. Check out our Media Matcher and Media Link Web Component demos.

Contact us to find out more: http://www.mndigital.com/about-us/contact-us.html

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