MP3Karaoke.com Signs Licensing Agreement With EMI Music Publishing Utilizing New MP3 Interactive Digital Music Format

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from MP3Karaoke.com

    LOS ANGELES, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MP3Karaoke.com, a member of the
 Songdog Network, announced a licensing agreement with EMI Music Publishing
 that will allow mp3karaoke.com to distribute synchronized lyrics with digital
 music files in the new MP3i (MP3 Interactive) digital music format.
 MP3Karaoke.com is the first distribution point for this new formatted music
 allowing for professionally produced karaoke products, in MP3i to be
 distributed via the Internet.
     "This is a big shot in the arm for the new MP3i (MP3 Interactive)
 technology," said John Collins, President and CEO of the Songdog Network.  "A
 deal like this with EMI, which is the world's largest music publisher, helps
 bring credibility to our company, our technology, and our products," continued
 Collins.  "Our business model spells out upfront how we intend to use MP3
 interactive technology to work with major record labels and publishing houses
 to protect their intellectual property while providing a fun and easy system
 for consumers to use."  Randy Parker of the Parker Music Group negotiated the
 agreement.
     According to Collins, the MP3 interactive format was developed, with
 security in mind, to create a new interactive music format that provides
 protection for copyright holders while adding exciting, value-added content
 for consumers. MP3i integrates these two elements into a single file resulting
 in a protected yet simple, user-friendly new music format.  The end result is
 a viable way to monetize the digital download market.  The MP3i music format
 was first introduced on January 2, 2001 at the Consumer Electronics Show in
 Las Vegas.
     What is MP3i?  Simply, it is a means of integrating graphical data for
 synchronized playback with digital music files.  It provides secure
 synchronized interactivity between music and graphical images such as lyrics
 (allowing music fans to sing along with their favorite tunes), album artwork,
 liner notes, pictures, advertising, etc.  "The possibilities for new 'Virtual
 Albums' and personalization for the end consumer are unlimited.  MP3i
 technology offers innovative ways to monetize the Digital Music Market through
 unique value-added content for consumers and protection for intellectual
 property holders," said Collins.  The MP3i standard also includes support for
 unique user-specific transactional watermarks and a robust, but user friendly,
 encryption/decryption scheme.
     "Mp3karaoke.com is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to
 interactivity.  We are currently developing applications for Virtual Albums,
 Interactive Audio Books as well as Music Education products and Portable
 Tutors," said Collins.  The patented ancillary data bit stream, which is
 co-owned by SDN and First International Digital (FID), a Motorola spin-off,
 allows for the integration and synchronization of any form of digital media.
 FID just announced the release of the "iRock 680" which is the worlds first
 Portable Interactive Karaoke device.  "The 'iRock 680' combined with the MP3i
 technology is not only a cool new entertainment device, it has opened
 publisher's eyes to the possibilities of a whole new generation of interactive
 learning products.  These include rehearsal applications for vocal performance
 to interactive language programs.  The possibilities are endless," said
 Collins.
 
     About Songdog Network
     Songdog Network, Inc. (SDN) (http://www.songdognetwork.com) is a
 vertically integrated producer and provider of professional quality music
 products as well as a developer of software technology for digital music
 products and digital distribution applications.  Utilizing strategic
 partnerships, content production and proprietary software, SDN has been able
 to create and occupy a unique market position in the digital music space.
 This provides for business to business contracts with established industry
 leaders to license software technology and associated music content as well as
 business to consumer distribution channels for the delivery of content to
 consumers via the Internet.  SDN is privately funded and is comprised of these
 core components:  http://www.MP3Karaoke.com, http://www.ProSongs.com,
 http://www.iMusicLicensing.com, and Palladium Music, Inc.
 
     About First International Digital
     First International Digital, Inc. (www.fidinc.com), a Motorola spin-off
 headquartered outside of Chicago, is a global multimedia company with nearly
 100 patents in audio, video, speech and communications technology.  With a
 core competence in multimedia software development, complemented by hardware
 development expertise, First International Digital is divided into two
 business units: irock!(TM) Internet audio (www.myirock.com), targeted at the
 consumer market, and the vip300(TM) series of video image processors designed
 for consumer OEM applications.  First International Digital is privately
 financed by a number of institutional investors including Motorola, Via
 Technologies, and First International Computer.  The company completed its
 second round of financing in October 2000.
 
     About Parker Music Group
     The Parker Music Group, the premier music clearance company on the web, is
 one of the industry's leading music clearance, licensing & supervision
 companies. (www.MusicClearance.com)
 
 

SOURCE MP3Karaoke.com
    LOS ANGELES, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- MP3Karaoke.com, a member of the
 Songdog Network, announced a licensing agreement with EMI Music Publishing
 that will allow mp3karaoke.com to distribute synchronized lyrics with digital
 music files in the new MP3i (MP3 Interactive) digital music format.
 MP3Karaoke.com is the first distribution point for this new formatted music
 allowing for professionally produced karaoke products, in MP3i to be
 distributed via the Internet.
     "This is a big shot in the arm for the new MP3i (MP3 Interactive)
 technology," said John Collins, President and CEO of the Songdog Network.  "A
 deal like this with EMI, which is the world's largest music publisher, helps
 bring credibility to our company, our technology, and our products," continued
 Collins.  "Our business model spells out upfront how we intend to use MP3
 interactive technology to work with major record labels and publishing houses
 to protect their intellectual property while providing a fun and easy system
 for consumers to use."  Randy Parker of the Parker Music Group negotiated the
 agreement.
     According to Collins, the MP3 interactive format was developed, with
 security in mind, to create a new interactive music format that provides
 protection for copyright holders while adding exciting, value-added content
 for consumers. MP3i integrates these two elements into a single file resulting
 in a protected yet simple, user-friendly new music format.  The end result is
 a viable way to monetize the digital download market.  The MP3i music format
 was first introduced on January 2, 2001 at the Consumer Electronics Show in
 Las Vegas.
     What is MP3i?  Simply, it is a means of integrating graphical data for
 synchronized playback with digital music files.  It provides secure
 synchronized interactivity between music and graphical images such as lyrics
 (allowing music fans to sing along with their favorite tunes), album artwork,
 liner notes, pictures, advertising, etc.  "The possibilities for new 'Virtual
 Albums' and personalization for the end consumer are unlimited.  MP3i
 technology offers innovative ways to monetize the Digital Music Market through
 unique value-added content for consumers and protection for intellectual
 property holders," said Collins.  The MP3i standard also includes support for
 unique user-specific transactional watermarks and a robust, but user friendly,
 encryption/decryption scheme.
     "Mp3karaoke.com is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to
 interactivity.  We are currently developing applications for Virtual Albums,
 Interactive Audio Books as well as Music Education products and Portable
 Tutors," said Collins.  The patented ancillary data bit stream, which is
 co-owned by SDN and First International Digital (FID), a Motorola spin-off,
 allows for the integration and synchronization of any form of digital media.
 FID just announced the release of the "iRock 680" which is the worlds first
 Portable Interactive Karaoke device.  "The 'iRock 680' combined with the MP3i
 technology is not only a cool new entertainment device, it has opened
 publisher's eyes to the possibilities of a whole new generation of interactive
 learning products.  These include rehearsal applications for vocal performance
 to interactive language programs.  The possibilities are endless," said
 Collins.
 
     About Songdog Network
     Songdog Network, Inc. (SDN) (http://www.songdognetwork.com) is a
 vertically integrated producer and provider of professional quality music
 products as well as a developer of software technology for digital music
 products and digital distribution applications.  Utilizing strategic
 partnerships, content production and proprietary software, SDN has been able
 to create and occupy a unique market position in the digital music space.
 This provides for business to business contracts with established industry
 leaders to license software technology and associated music content as well as
 business to consumer distribution channels for the delivery of content to
 consumers via the Internet.  SDN is privately funded and is comprised of these
 core components:  http://www.MP3Karaoke.com, http://www.ProSongs.com,
 http://www.iMusicLicensing.com, and Palladium Music, Inc.
 
     About First International Digital
     First International Digital, Inc. (www.fidinc.com), a Motorola spin-off
 headquartered outside of Chicago, is a global multimedia company with nearly
 100 patents in audio, video, speech and communications technology.  With a
 core competence in multimedia software development, complemented by hardware
 development expertise, First International Digital is divided into two
 business units: irock!(TM) Internet audio (www.myirock.com), targeted at the
 consumer market, and the vip300(TM) series of video image processors designed
 for consumer OEM applications.  First International Digital is privately
 financed by a number of institutional investors including Motorola, Via
 Technologies, and First International Computer.  The company completed its
 second round of financing in October 2000.
 
     About Parker Music Group
     The Parker Music Group, the premier music clearance company on the web, is
 one of the industry's leading music clearance, licensing & supervision
 companies. (www.MusicClearance.com)
 
 SOURCE  MP3Karaoke.com