Muze Surpasses 7.5 Billion Audio Streams

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Internet and over-the-air song samples support global music sales.

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Midomi is an example of the new breed of technologies and innovative business models that are revolutionizing the digital music space

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Muze Inc., a world leader in enabling entertainment commerce, today announced that the company’s digital music samples service, MuzeTunes®, had surpassed 7.5 billion music streams for their retail, mobile, and internet services clients. These streaming samples are utilized by more than 75 clients worldwide, including Amazon, AOL, CD Universe, House of Blues, Nellymoser, and Yahoo!, and are an essential aspect of music sales and services to consumers. Streaming samples enable consumers to “try before they buy” songs, CDs and digital albums. These samples are also used to link consumers to related works and artists which enables consumers to explore music on their mobile devices or on their personal computers and raises the average transaction values for Muze clients. When MuzeTunes is combined with Muze’s other media information search and discovery products such as MuzeMusic™, Muze Essential Artists™ or the Muze Encyclopedia of Popular Music®, the impact is even greater.

Since launching MuzeTunes in 2001, Muze has been a market leader in the evolution of entertainment commerce, first in support of commerce in physical media such as CDs and DVDs, and now in support of an entirely digital media value chain. Available in multiple bit rates, codices, and optimized for mobile platforms, MuzeTunes represents an increasingly important part of Muze’s growing media information and distribution product mix. Powered by the company’s robust and scalable digital delivery platform, the MuzeTunes databases contain over 5 million individual tracks representing hundreds of thousands of U.S. and European albums, making it one of the largest music sample databases in the industry.

The extensive variety of digital music samples is one of the reasons why companies such as Melodis (http://www.melodis.com) turned to Muze to provide music samples for its new online community, Midomi (http://www.midomi.com). Midomi, just recognized as one of the top technology innovations of 2007 by Popular Science, utilizes advanced sound recognition technology that enables users to search for music simply by singing or humming a few bars of a song.

“We are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology in an effort to make more meaningful connections between people and communities who share similar interests and passions," says Keyvan Mohajer, chief executive officer of Melodis. He added, "Music is an integral part of the Midomi user experience. With the large library of samples and the variety of codices offered by Muze, we knew that Muze could help us to maintain an elegant interface and enhance user satisfaction, which translates into both increased usage and revenue for our Midomi service.”

“Midomi is an example of the new breed of technologies and innovative business models that are revolutionizing the digital music space,” says Janice P. Anderson, Muze CEO. “For over 15 years, Muze has provided companies like Melodis with rich media information and music services such as MuzeTunes. Our expanded search and discovery product line, our music samples, and our Open Media ExchangeTM digital delivery platform, address today’s market needs and provide compelling value for the entire digital media supply chain. We’re pleased to meet the digital media needs of Melodis and to help them to grow their business.”

About Melodis
Incorporated in September 2005, Melodis Corporation is building the next generation of search and sound recognition technologies that are “Breaking the Silence” in human-computer interaction. These technologies have a variety of applications on the Internet, on mobile devices and in other areas. To date, Melodis’ technologies have been applied to music search, text search and speech recognition, and additional applications are currently under development. Melodis has an established base of partners. The Melodis management team is comprised almost entirely of graduates from Stanford University.

With the launch of its new online community Midomi (http://www.midomi.com), Melodis has combined the world’s most powerful search technologies with proven online models including social networking, user-generated content, and digital content distribution, and is moving forward with its mission to build the world’s most comprehensive database of searchable music. Learn more about Melodis at http://www.melodis.com and http://www.midomi.com.

About Muze Inc.
Established in 1991, Muze provides solutions to businesses that enable search, discovery, and purchase of entertainment content. Our media information products, our sample and discovery services, and our Open Media Exchange™ digital media distribution platform, provide the foundation for making all types of entertainment products available on-demand anywhere, anytime. This creates a truly compelling consumer experience, and one that benefits the industry as a whole. Hundreds of companies worldwide – ranging from in-store and online retailers, portals, community sites, auction sites, consumer electronics, and mobile providers – rely on Muze's rich entertainment content and digital media platform to support both physical and digital retail commerce. Clients include Yahoo!, eBay, O2 Germany, Best Buy, Overstock, Pricegrabber, Packet Video, Hot Topic, Amazon, Play.com, CNET, and many others. Muze has offices in New York City, Seattle, and London. To learn more, please visit http://www.muze.com and http://www.muzeeurope.com.

Muze Press Contact
David Z Orban
Director of Marketing
(212) 824-0349
dorban@muze.com

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