The Echo Nest Builds Next-Generation Music Channel for UK's Major Public Service Broadcaster
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform that powers smarter music apps across the web and various devices, announced an agreement with the British Broadcasting Corporation on Wednesday. As part of this agreement, The Echo Nest will power the clip-to-clip recommendations in the BBC's new Music Showcase product -- a media aggregation hub that gathers all their music and music-related video and audio clips.
Another big draw for music fans: much of the music featured in the audio and video in the BBC's Music Showcase is original and cannot be found elsewhere.
The Echo Nest technology cross-references the BBC's curated music content with artist relationships, online conversation and other data so that Music Showcase can deliver an optimized selection of music, videos, articles, blog posts and reviews to the BBC's millions of online users.
Jim Lucchese, CEO of The Echo Nest, said, "It's an honor to be working with the BBC -- a global music institution that has achieved something quite unique, combining a rich history of editorial excellence with forward-thinking digital music innovation. As a music fan, I'm excited about the possibilities of our platform in the BBC's hands."
The BBC plans to add this feature to the Music Showcase in the very near future.
About The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest is a music intelligence company that connects the greatest application developers to the best data and music, enabling the next generation of music experiences. Powered by the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up a massive repository of dynamic music data to application developers ranging from one-person operations to multinational corporations. Over 100 music applications have been built on its platform to date.
The Echo Nest was co-founded in 2005 by two MIT Media Lab PhDs, Brian Whitman and Tristan Jehan. Winner of three National Science Foundation SBIR grants, The Echo Nest's investors include Matrix Partners and Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Argos Management and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab. For more information, visit echonest.com.
SOURCE The Echo Nest