Napster and Relatable Enter Into Agreement

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Napster

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Napster announced today that it has signed a licensing deal for Relatable's
 new commercial release of its advanced acoustic fingerprinting technology,
 TRM.
     TRM uniquely identifies audio recordings based on the recording itself.
 TRM analyzes the acoustical properties of a recording's waveform to identify
 it precisely, regardless of its audio format, bit rate or minor signal
 distortion.
     "Digital fingerprinting technologies are developing rapidly, and
 Relatable's new acoustic fingerprinting technology shows great promise," said
 Hank Barry, Napster's Interim CEO.  "We are now working closely with
 Relatable's engineers to coordinate their technology with our file filtering
 systems; we hope they will be a substantial part of our overall filtering
 solution."
     Engineering teams from the two companies are working together to refine
 and optimize TRM so that it can be incorporated into Napster's current file
 screening system and into Napster's new membership service.
     "TRM will help ensure that the millions of music files transferred through
 the new Napster system will be accurately monitored and it will enable the
 appropriate allocation of royalties to artists, music publishers and record
 companies," said Pat Breslin, CEO of Relatable.  "TRM delivers unprecedented
 speed and can effectively scale to handle the volume of the Napster system,"
 added Breslin.
 
     About Napster
     Napster is the world's leading person-to-person file sharing community.
 Napster provides music enthusiasts with an easy-to-use, high quality service
 for discovering new music and communicating their interests with other members
 of the Napster community.  Napster's software application enables users to
 locate and share music files through a user-friendly interface, and features
 instant messaging, chat rooms, and Hot List User Bookmarks.  In October 2000,
 Bertelsmann AG and Napster announced the formation of a strategic alliance to
 further develop the Napster person-to-person file sharing service.  In January
 2001, edel Music and TVT Records joined the alliance.  Last year, Napster won
 several Wired Magazine Readers Rave Awards, including Best Music Site, Best
 Innovative Start-up, and Best Guerilla Marketing.
 
     About Relatable
     Relatable, a privately held company located in Alexandria, VA, is a
 provider of advanced content identification and personalization technologies
 for the next generation of digital audio and video services.  TRM(TM),
 Relatable's advanced audio fingerprinting technology, delivers the accuracy,
 speed and scalability required for any size music network or service.
 Relatable's personalization technology for digital music, the Relatable
 Engine, features a patent pending approach -- feature-guided collaborative
 filtering -- that can help create unprecedented personalized music offerings.
 Relatable technologies are platform and device agnostic and can integrate with
 any Internet-enabled device.  To learn more about Relatable, please visit our
 Web site at:  www.relatable.com.
 
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SOURCE Napster
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Napster announced today that it has signed a licensing deal for Relatable's
 new commercial release of its advanced acoustic fingerprinting technology,
 TRM.
     TRM uniquely identifies audio recordings based on the recording itself.
 TRM analyzes the acoustical properties of a recording's waveform to identify
 it precisely, regardless of its audio format, bit rate or minor signal
 distortion.
     "Digital fingerprinting technologies are developing rapidly, and
 Relatable's new acoustic fingerprinting technology shows great promise," said
 Hank Barry, Napster's Interim CEO.  "We are now working closely with
 Relatable's engineers to coordinate their technology with our file filtering
 systems; we hope they will be a substantial part of our overall filtering
 solution."
     Engineering teams from the two companies are working together to refine
 and optimize TRM so that it can be incorporated into Napster's current file
 screening system and into Napster's new membership service.
     "TRM will help ensure that the millions of music files transferred through
 the new Napster system will be accurately monitored and it will enable the
 appropriate allocation of royalties to artists, music publishers and record
 companies," said Pat Breslin, CEO of Relatable.  "TRM delivers unprecedented
 speed and can effectively scale to handle the volume of the Napster system,"
 added Breslin.
 
     About Napster
     Napster is the world's leading person-to-person file sharing community.
 Napster provides music enthusiasts with an easy-to-use, high quality service
 for discovering new music and communicating their interests with other members
 of the Napster community.  Napster's software application enables users to
 locate and share music files through a user-friendly interface, and features
 instant messaging, chat rooms, and Hot List User Bookmarks.  In October 2000,
 Bertelsmann AG and Napster announced the formation of a strategic alliance to
 further develop the Napster person-to-person file sharing service.  In January
 2001, edel Music and TVT Records joined the alliance.  Last year, Napster won
 several Wired Magazine Readers Rave Awards, including Best Music Site, Best
 Innovative Start-up, and Best Guerilla Marketing.
 
     About Relatable
     Relatable, a privately held company located in Alexandria, VA, is a
 provider of advanced content identification and personalization technologies
 for the next generation of digital audio and video services.  TRM(TM),
 Relatable's advanced audio fingerprinting technology, delivers the accuracy,
 speed and scalability required for any size music network or service.
 Relatable's personalization technology for digital music, the Relatable
 Engine, features a patent pending approach -- feature-guided collaborative
 filtering -- that can help create unprecedented personalized music offerings.
 Relatable technologies are platform and device agnostic and can integrate with
 any Internet-enabled device.  To learn more about Relatable, please visit our
 Web site at:  www.relatable.com.
 
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