Microsoft Acquires MongoMusic
Investment Demonstrates Confidence in Continued Growth of Music Market
REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 13, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the acquisition of MongoMusic Inc., a leading innovator in digital music infrastructure noted for its strong collaborative approach with record labels and artists. This acquisition will be a significant addition to the MSN® network of Internet services’ efforts to provide compelling digital media content and highlights Microsoft’s growing leadership in digital music.
“MongoMusic’s expertise, technology and relationships will help further our goal of offering compelling digital music content through our existing sites such as MSN and WindowsMedia.com,”
said Jeff Camp, general manager for the Personal Service and Devices Group at Microsoft.
This move underscores
to providing consumers with constructive ways to get great music, while respecting the rights of artists.”
“We started MongoMusic with the vision of building the infrastructure that would unite and expand the music industry and make legitimate and profitable digital distribution a reality,”
said Jeremy Hinman, founder and president of MongoMusic.
“By joining the significant efforts already under way at MSN and WindowsMedia.com, this vision will become part of the most compelling media offering on the Web.”
Headquartedred in Redwood City, Calif., MongoMusic is the leading digital music infrastructure provider. MongoMusic’s comprehensive technology offering allows customers personalized access to and dynamic control of their music. MongoMusic’s complete suite of applications includes a patent pending digital locker solution and Sounds Like technology that uses music to find music. Its services include personalized radio, music discovery and a recommendation engine as well as a digital storage locker.
Entrepreneurs Jeremy Hinman, president, ; Rolf Kaiser, vice president of development,; and Frank Flannery, directory of technology, founded the company in June 1999. The company was funded by Nokia Ventures and Sony Music.
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online personal finance service; WindowsMedia.com ( http://windowsmedia.com/ ), the
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