April 18, 2005, 12:00 AM

Digital music provider Loudeye gets board member from the record industry

In a sign that digital music is coming of age, Loudeye Corp., a provider of business-to-business digital media, has brought in Jason S. Berman, chairman emeritus of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries, to its board of directors.

Kurt Peters

Executive Editor

 

In a sign that digital music is coming of age, Loudeye Corp., a provider of business-to-business digital media, has brought in Jason S. Berman, chairman emeritus of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries, to its board of directors.

"Loudeye plays an important and growing role as a leading technology and services partner for the music industry. Jay`s knowledge, experience and relationships resulting from 30+ years in the media and entertainment industry, combined with more than 15 years leading the two primary global music industry trade associations, will help ensure Loudeye`s continued success in the global digital music market and enable us to build closer relationships with key content owners and rights holders," said Anthony Bay, Loudeye`s chairman of the board.

Since January, Berman has been chairman emeritus of the IFPI, the trade organization of the international recording industry whose members comprise more than 1,500 record producers and distributors worldwide. From January 1999 to December 2004, Berman was chairman and CEO of the IFPI. Before joining the IFPI, Berman was chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America and before that president. He joined the RIAA in 1987. The RIAA has been a leader in fighting illegal downloading of music.

"Digital distribution is rapidly changing the way consumers discover, access and purchase recorded music. Loudeye has established a leadership role in facilitating this market and helping content owners leverage this new channel in their business," Berman said.

Loudeye provides a catalog of licensed digital music and a digital media infrastructure to enable retailers and others to launch digital media stores and services.

 

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