"Echo’s unique community streaming technology combined with their dedication to respecting the rights of artists and copyright holders makes them an ideal partner."
—Paul Vidich, WMG Executive VP

WARNER HEARS AN ECHO

WMG Signs Licensing Agreement With Online Streaming Service Echo Networks
Warner Music Group announced today that it had entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement permitting Echo Networks to include recordings from its catalog on its community-based streaming music service.

Echo's service integrates online music lockers with the company's ratings-based group radio service. Members can also share music with friends and family across Echo group radio stations. Echo not only allows members to create playlists based on music in their lockers, but also enables members to apply ratings profiles to their own lockers to generate a custom stream of their locker favorites. Hey, all we used to do around our lockers was snap towels at one another.

Following the My.MP3.com blueprint—since that service hasn't yet been re-activated, though it has cleared legal hurdles—Echo allows consumers to listen to music from their personal CD collections after simple online verification: The consumer simply places the CD in his or her CD-ROM drive, and Echo verifies it.

"Echo's unique community streaming technology combined with their dedication to respecting the rights of artists and copyright holders makes them an ideal partner," said WMG Exec VP Paul Vidich.

"Echo is all about applying the Web's best community models into streaming music and these licenses help us realize that vision," said Echo Exec. VP of Strategic Development Tuhin Roy. "And that's because we've finished paying off everyone we have to pay off."

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