Gracenote Solidifies Japanese Market Presence

Gracenote CDDB Music Recognition Service Now Supports Multiple Japanese

Character Sets



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Gracenote

    BERKELEY, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Gracenote (formerly CDDB(R)), a
 content delivery platform provider specializing in music recognition services,
 today announced a partnership with AIM Company Ltd. of Kawasaki, Japan that
 brings an enhanced version Gracenote's industry standard CDDB Music
 Recognition Service(SM) to the Japanese market.  By partnering with AIM,
 Gracenote now offers the largest database of Japanese music titles in Kanji,
 Hiragana, and Katakana character sets to CDDB-enabled media layers around the
 world.
     The combination of Gracenote CDDB and KCDB creates the world's most
 comprehensive database of music information including album, artist, song
 title and genre.  The service allows users to play a CD or MP3 in a
 CDDB-enabled music player or consumer electronics device and receive
 information about what is being played.  The track numbers are replaced with
 artist name and song titles.
     "Japanese music fans now can get more information about their favorite
 artists and music both in English and Japanese," said Yasumitsu Watanabe,
 President and Senior Partner of AIM Company, Ltd. of Kawasaki.  "Our players
 bring fans the best of today's music technology."
     Coinciding with the integration of Japanese data to CDDB, AIM has launched
 the world's first media application, called CD Partner.   This player utilizes
 Gracenote's database of rich Japanese titles and leverages the Gracenote music
 browser to deliver related content.  This player is available for download at
 www.aim-inc.co.jp.
     To further expand it's Japanese presence, Gracenote has partnered with
 Rainbow Partners Inc. of Tokyo, as its authorized reseller in Japan of
 Gracenote's services and technology.  Rainbow Partners now offers the
 licensing and integration services of the world's leading music recognition
 technology to both PC-based media applications and consumer electronics
 devices.
     "Gracenote's relationships with AIM and Rainbow Partners enable us to have
 a strong local presence and provide comprehensive Japanese data to the world's
 second largest music market," said David Hyman, President of Gracenote.
 
     About AIM
     AIM Co., Ltd. is a leading developer of firmware applications for a
 wide variety of devices ranging from cellular telephones and car navigation
 systems to dam control systems.  AIM independently developed and maintains the
 KCDB service, and has created KCDB enabled music players for several different
 platforms including consumer electronic devices.  AIM's YOMI pronunciation
 database allows for advanced applications such as voice recognition.  AIM was
 founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan.  For more information
 about AIM, go to www.aim-inc.co.jp.
 
     About Gracenote
     Gracenote is a content delivery platform offering 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 electronic 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
 1,000 partners worldwide, serving more than one million consumers daily, rely
 on Gracenote's CDDB(R) 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,
 go to www.gracenote.com.
 
 

SOURCE Gracenote
    BERKELEY, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Gracenote (formerly CDDB(R)), a
 content delivery platform provider specializing in music recognition services,
 today announced a partnership with AIM Company Ltd. of Kawasaki, Japan that
 brings an enhanced version Gracenote's industry standard CDDB Music
 Recognition Service(SM) to the Japanese market.  By partnering with AIM,
 Gracenote now offers the largest database of Japanese music titles in Kanji,
 Hiragana, and Katakana character sets to CDDB-enabled media layers around the
 world.
     The combination of Gracenote CDDB and KCDB creates the world's most
 comprehensive database of music information including album, artist, song
 title and genre.  The service allows users to play a CD or MP3 in a
 CDDB-enabled music player or consumer electronics device and receive
 information about what is being played.  The track numbers are replaced with
 artist name and song titles.
     "Japanese music fans now can get more information about their favorite
 artists and music both in English and Japanese," said Yasumitsu Watanabe,
 President and Senior Partner of AIM Company, Ltd. of Kawasaki.  "Our players
 bring fans the best of today's music technology."
     Coinciding with the integration of Japanese data to CDDB, AIM has launched
 the world's first media application, called CD Partner.   This player utilizes
 Gracenote's database of rich Japanese titles and leverages the Gracenote music
 browser to deliver related content.  This player is available for download at
 www.aim-inc.co.jp.
     To further expand it's Japanese presence, Gracenote has partnered with
 Rainbow Partners Inc. of Tokyo, as its authorized reseller in Japan of
 Gracenote's services and technology.  Rainbow Partners now offers the
 licensing and integration services of the world's leading music recognition
 technology to both PC-based media applications and consumer electronics
 devices.
     "Gracenote's relationships with AIM and Rainbow Partners enable us to have
 a strong local presence and provide comprehensive Japanese data to the world's
 second largest music market," said David Hyman, President of Gracenote.
 
     About AIM
     AIM Co., Ltd. is a leading developer of firmware applications for a
 wide variety of devices ranging from cellular telephones and car navigation
 systems to dam control systems.  AIM independently developed and maintains the
 KCDB service, and has created KCDB enabled music players for several different
 platforms including consumer electronic devices.  AIM's YOMI pronunciation
 database allows for advanced applications such as voice recognition.  AIM was
 founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Kawasaki, Japan.  For more information
 about AIM, go to www.aim-inc.co.jp.
 
     About Gracenote
     Gracenote is a content delivery platform offering 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 electronic 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
 1,000 partners worldwide, serving more than one million consumers daily, rely
 on Gracenote's CDDB(R) 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,
 go to www.gracenote.com.
 
 SOURCE  Gracenote