Echo Dramatically Expands Music Community Through Adoption of Jabber(TM) Instant Messaging Standard

Through Jabber Echo Potentially Extends Reach to 27 Million MSN(TM)

And Yahoo!(TM) Instant Messaging Users



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Echo Networks, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Echo Networks, Inc. (www.echo.com),
 the largest and fastest-growing interactive streaming music community,
 announced today that it plans to make its proprietary Echo Music Messenger(TM)
 compatible with the MSN and Yahoo! instant messaging applications through the
 open source Jabber software.  Echo's new cross-platform instant messaging
 functionality potentially extends Echo's reach to the more than 27 million
 Internet users who message through MSN, Yahoo! and other third party messaging
 services.
     The current version of the Echo Music Messenger available at www.echo.com
 enables members to listen to music together with friends, family and
 colleagues while instant messaging other listeners in real time.  Jabber is an
 open source standard that enables various instant messaging platforms to
 interoperate.  Based on Jabber's current interoperability, Echo members will
 be able to message their friends who use the MSN and Yahoo! applications.
 Through the integration of Jabber's current interoperability and Echo's
 proprietary Groupcast technology, Echo members will also be able to invite
 their friends on the MSN and Yahoo! services to listen to their Echo stations.
 Cross-platform IM compatibility will be released on May 15, 2001 as part of a
 series of  new features expanding the ability of Echo members to form
 communities around their musical interests.
     "Echo was founded to put community at the core of the online music
 experience," said Daniel Hart, CEO of Echo Networks.  "Our new cross-platform
 IM compatibility demonstrates Echo's commanding technology lead in leveraging
 IM platforms for music delivery and marketing."
 
     About Echo
     Echo Networks, Inc., which introduced its beta service in June 2000,
 enables members to create online communities where listeners hear music that
 directly reflects their preferences.  Through the Echo Music Messenger
 (a Web-based music player and communication platform that requires no
 download), Echo listeners rate music, instant message each other, vote on the
 songs playing, and invite others to join their communities. Echo's
 breakthrough Groupcast(TM) technology serves synchronous music streams to
 community members regardless of network conditions, processing speed and
 bandwidth.  Echo's SongSelection(TM) technology delivers music that is
 programmed in real-time to reflect the song ratings and genre preferences of
 community members.  Echo has developed and is testing an on-demand streaming
 subscription service to complement its interactive streaming music community
 service.  Echo Networks is based in San Francisco and has offices in New York.
     NOTE:  Echo, Groupcast and SongSelection are the registered trademarks of
 Echo Networks, Inc.  All other company, product or service names mentioned
 herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Echo Networks, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Echo Networks, Inc. (www.echo.com),
 the largest and fastest-growing interactive streaming music community,
 announced today that it plans to make its proprietary Echo Music Messenger(TM)
 compatible with the MSN and Yahoo! instant messaging applications through the
 open source Jabber software.  Echo's new cross-platform instant messaging
 functionality potentially extends Echo's reach to the more than 27 million
 Internet users who message through MSN, Yahoo! and other third party messaging
 services.
     The current version of the Echo Music Messenger available at www.echo.com
 enables members to listen to music together with friends, family and
 colleagues while instant messaging other listeners in real time.  Jabber is an
 open source standard that enables various instant messaging platforms to
 interoperate.  Based on Jabber's current interoperability, Echo members will
 be able to message their friends who use the MSN and Yahoo! applications.
 Through the integration of Jabber's current interoperability and Echo's
 proprietary Groupcast technology, Echo members will also be able to invite
 their friends on the MSN and Yahoo! services to listen to their Echo stations.
 Cross-platform IM compatibility will be released on May 15, 2001 as part of a
 series of  new features expanding the ability of Echo members to form
 communities around their musical interests.
     "Echo was founded to put community at the core of the online music
 experience," said Daniel Hart, CEO of Echo Networks.  "Our new cross-platform
 IM compatibility demonstrates Echo's commanding technology lead in leveraging
 IM platforms for music delivery and marketing."
 
     About Echo
     Echo Networks, Inc., which introduced its beta service in June 2000,
 enables members to create online communities where listeners hear music that
 directly reflects their preferences.  Through the Echo Music Messenger
 (a Web-based music player and communication platform that requires no
 download), Echo listeners rate music, instant message each other, vote on the
 songs playing, and invite others to join their communities. Echo's
 breakthrough Groupcast(TM) technology serves synchronous music streams to
 community members regardless of network conditions, processing speed and
 bandwidth.  Echo's SongSelection(TM) technology delivers music that is
 programmed in real-time to reflect the song ratings and genre preferences of
 community members.  Echo has developed and is testing an on-demand streaming
 subscription service to complement its interactive streaming music community
 service.  Echo Networks is based in San Francisco and has offices in New York.
     NOTE:  Echo, Groupcast and SongSelection are the registered trademarks of
 Echo Networks, Inc.  All other company, product or service names mentioned
 herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Echo Networks, Inc.