Gracenote Announces Music Management Solution for Peer-to-Peer Networks

Technology Enables Rights Payment, Content Delivery


Gracenote, a content delivery platform specializing in music recognition services, today announced the availability of a full-service music management solution for peer-to-peer music distribution networks. The system leverages Gracenote's unrivaled experience in music identification and data management via its CDDB® Music Recognition Service(SM) and extends their pioneering work with Napster early this year.

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The system uses multiple layers of identification technology to maximize success rates and lookup speeds while minimizing the use of system resources. Once identified, the file is tagged with a Gracenote Track Unique Identifier, a component of the 13 million-song Gracenote CDDB database. The system uses this ID to facilitate rights payment and delivery of related content such as album covers, biographies, music recommendations or concert tickets.

"This is a natural extension of our database technology, and it paves the way for the next generation of legal peer-to-peer networks," said David Hyman, CEO of Gracenote. "We are in a truly unique position to offer a comprehensive solution."

"This solution combines Gracenote's extensive experience in identification technologies with our position as a core component in most encoders," added Ty Roberts, CTO of Gracenote. "It enables us to utilize our own IDs and metadata as a low-cost first step in recognition."

About Gracenote

Gracenote is a content delivery platform specializing in music recognition technology that enables relevant information and services to enhance the music listening experience. Gracenote designed its platform for makers of media players and encoders, consumer electronics manufacturers, record companies, and on- and off-line consumer brands. Its network of technology and services opens new direct interactive channels to online music fans worldwide. Over 4,000 partners worldwide, serving more than one million consumers daily, rely on Gracenote's CDDB® technology, which is the industry standard in Music Recognition Services (MRS). Gracenote was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Berkeley, California. For more information about Gracenote, please see


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